Psychiatry and society: Will neuroscience change understandings and practices?


Tuesday 12 May 2015


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Psychiatry Section , Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King's College London


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about this event

This conference offers an exceptional opportunity to listen to and interact with internationally renowned world leaders in neuroscience and social science.

Exploring the impact of evolving knowledge in genomics and neuroscience, this conference aims to answer the questions: Will our understanding of mental health and illness, personal responsibility and psychiatric education change radically? How will it impact on society’s expectations of mental health services and the practice of psychiatry?

The educational objectives of the conference will be:

  • To explore the impact, and potential impact, of evolving knowledge in genomics and neuroscience to understandings of 'mental disorder', the status of psychiatry in society, and the implications for mental health care.
  • To promote a dialogue between psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, biomedical scientists, social scientists and interested members of the public concerning such developments.

This flagship event is part of the "Psychiatry in dialogue with neuroscience medicine and society" series.


8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am


Dr Irene Cormac, President, RSM Psychiatry Section

Session 1: Genetics and neuroscience of mind, self and behaviour

Professor George Szmukler, Professor of Psychiatry and Society, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

9.05 am


Professor George Szmukler

9.10 am

An overview of what neuroscience can tell us about mind and behaviour

Professor Jean Pierre Changeux, Institute Pasteur, Paris, France

9.50 am

Neuroscience, agency and responsibility

Professor Jonathan Glover, Professor of Ethics, King’s College London

10.25 am


Professor Ilina Singh, Professor of Neuroscience and Society, University of Oxford

10.35 am

Question and answer session

10.45 am

Tea and coffee break

Session 2: Genetics, neuroscience and mental disorder

Professor Thomas Barnes, Imperial College London

11.15 am


11.20 am

How may genetics change our understanding of mental illness

Professor Pamela Sklar, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA

11.55 am


Professor Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

12.05 pm

How may neuroscience change our understanding of mental disorder?

Professor Steven Hyman, Professor, Harvard University, USA

12.40 pm


Professor Geroge Szmukler, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

12.50 pm

Question and answer session

1.00 pm


Session 3: Implications for diagnosis in psychiatry

Dr Frank Holloway, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

2.00 pm

What should count as a psychiatric diagnosis?

Professor Nikolas Rose, Professor of Sociology and Head, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London

2.35 pm


Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

2.45 pm

Tea and coffee break

Implications for psychiatric training and mental health services

Professor George Ikkos, Director, “Psychiatry in Dialogue”, RSM Psychiatry Section

3.15 pm


Professor Nick Bouras, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and Professor Nick Craddock, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Cardiff University

Round table discussion

Professor David Armstrong, Professor of Medicine and Sociology, King’s College London, Dr Irene Cormac, Professor Ilina Singh and Professor Sir Simon Wessely

4.15 pm

Audience interaction with invited panel

4.45 pm

Completion of evaluation forms and concluding remarks

Dr Alastair Santhouse, President Elect, Psychiatry Section, RSM

5.00 pm

Close of meeting followed by the Psychiatry Section AGM

Annual dinner

7.00 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm

Annual dinner with a guest speaker

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