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King's Lecture Series - Psychiatry, Science & Society

This prestigious lecture series will be inaugurated in February 2018 and will be held annually.  A distinguished speaker will address a major theme in modern society in three integrated lectures. 



Anthony David is Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, NIHR Senior Investigator and Vice Dean Academic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s.

Professor David qualified in medicine at Glasgow University and worked as a registrar in Neurology before taking up psychiatry training at the Maudsley Hospital in 1984.

He has been a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS since 1990. His research contributions span from schizophrenia to hysteria. He has published over 550 scientific papers and co-edited 13 books.

Professor David is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Psychiatrists.


The Strange Case of Dr Sacks

Wednesday 7 February

Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus

The late Oliver Sacks did more than anyone in recent years to bring to life the wonder of the human brain. His brother had schizophrenia and Sacks also had mental health problems; so why didn’t he pursue a career in psychiatry?

This lecture will look at some of the less obvious distinctions between psychiatry and other medical specialties and to examine why psychiatry as a career is undersubscribed. 

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Knowing me knowing you: Insight in psychiatry and medicine

Wednesday 21 February 

Wolfson lecture theatre, IoPPN, Denmark Hill Campus

Insight and self-awareness is Homo Sapiens’ greatest achievement. Professor David attempts to relate this to awareness and “denial” spanning general medicine, neurology and psychiatry. Is facing up to reality always better? Drawing on approaches as diverse as management theory, ethics and functional neuroimaging, this lectures illustrates psychiatry at the intersection of science and the humanities. 

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Fighting Stigma in Mental Health – and losing (Panel Discussion)

Wednesday 7 March 

Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus 

1 in 4 people suffer from mental illness’ is routinely used in anti-stigma campaigns to normalise psychiatric disorder. However, does it trivialise, not normalise, and add to stigma? Professor David is joined by a panel with diverse perspectives: from personal experience and charities to media and academia.  With the audience’s help they will explore innovative solutions to combat stigma.

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