The Future of Psychiatry

The Oxford Psychiatry Society are very excited to announce a series of talks from the following three world leading academic psychiatrists for our first ever symposium! They will address the theme of the future of psychiatry including the contribution of advances in psychological medicine and clinical neuroscience.

Prof Sir Simon Wessely
Title TBC
President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Prof Belinda Lennox
“Should we consider schizophrenia an autoimmune disorder, and if so, should future psychiatrists be treating it”
Associate Professor and honorary consultant psychiatrist at Oxford.

Prof Michael Sharpe
“The future of psychiatry as an ordinary but useful medical specialty.”
Professor of Psychological Medicine at Oxford and trust lead for psychological medicine.

Food and drinks will be provided at 12.45pm, for 1pm start in Oriel College lecture theatre.

We hope to see you there for what will be a fascinating afternoon discussing the direction of psychiatry in inspirational company!

Research bio of the speakers:

Sir Simon Wessely graduated from Oxford Medical School in 1981, and has since produced over 750 original publications, specialising on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry and unexplained symptoms and syndromes. In 2013, he was knighted for services to military healthcare and to psychological medicine.

Belinda Lennox’s research is on the neuro-immunological basis of psychotic disorders, and she runs a joint psychiatry and neuroimmunology clinic in Oxford alongside Prof Angela Vincent’s neuroimmunology laboratory. In December last year her research hit the headlines describing the prevalence of autoantibodies targeting neuronal membrane receptors in cases of first-episode psychosis.

Michael Sharpe’s research has included ground-breaking clinical trials showing how integrating psychiatry and psychology into medical care can improve the lives of patients in neurology, cancer, and medical clinics. In 2014, he was the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ “psychiatrist of the year”.