About this event

  • Date and time Wed 26 May 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Professor Anthony David

Professor Anthony David, Academic neuropsychiatrist, Author, and Director of the University College London Institute of Mental Health, will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM immediate Past-President, for a conversation about his career, his new book Into the Abyss: A Neuropsychiatrist's Notes on Troubled Minds, described as ‘highly eloquent, fascinating and deeply compassionate’ by Henry Marsh, highlights fascinating case studies to reveal the unique complexity of the human mind, stretching the limits of our understanding. And finally, Professor David will be talking about his recent research into the implications of COVID-19 for mental health and neuropsychiatry.

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Professor David joined UCL (University College London) in 2018 to become the first Director of the Institute of Mental Health (IoMH). Before that, he was Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, King’s College London.

Professor David graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1980 and trained in neurology before entering psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. He has been a Consultant psychiatrist since 1990 and was awarded a personal Chair from the Institute of Psychiatry in 1996. Professor David has a diverse range of research interests including schizophrenia, neuropsychiatry, medically unexplained syndromes and brain imaging, and has a particular interest in the concept of insight into illness.

Currently, his work is centred on the interface between neurology and psychiatry, how insight and awareness is key to decision making capacity and hence legislation such as the Mental Health Act, and more recently he has been reviewing the implications of COVID-19 for mental health and neuropsychiatry.

He is a founding member of both the British Neuropsychological Society and British Neuropsychiatry Association. Professor David is the editor of the journal “Cognitive Neuropsychiatry” and has co-edited several books including, The Self in Neuroscience and Psychiatry (2003), Insight and Psychosis (2nd Ed) (2004), and Lishman’s Organic Psychiatry (2009). He is the author of over 600 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and recently published a collection of neuropsychiatric case histories: Into the Abyss: A Neuropsychiatrist's Notes on Troubled Minds (2020) Published by Oneworld.

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

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