In Kraepelin’s shadow: Historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary biological psychiatry


Tuesday 8 May 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Psychiatry Section , RCPsych History of Psychiatry SIG , RCPsych Philosophy SIG


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about this event

This 1 day event with multiple international speakers will bring together psychiatrist, philosophers and historians to discuss the roots of contemporary biological psychiatry. 

It will also inform and deepen the understanding and practice of clinical psychiatry and how past pitfalls can be avoided.

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Nancy Andreasen, Andrew H Woods Chair of Psychiatry, University of Iowa, USA
  • Professor Hannah Decker, Department of History, University of Houston, USA
  • Prof Dr Paul Hoff, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Prof Dr Norbert Mueller, Munich Center for Neurosciences - Brain & Mind, Germany
  • Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, Universita Degli Studi G.D'Annunzio, Italy

 Early bird prices

*available until Tuesday 10 April 2018

RSM members: £50 - £85
Non members: £60 - £155

*Tickets include tea and coffee and lunch. Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here. Programme subject to change.


8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am


Professor George Ikkos, Psychiatry, RSM and RCPsych, London

Professor George Ikkos

9.10 am

The evolution of Kraepelin’s psychopathology

Professor Paul Hoff, Psychiatry, Zurich, Switzerland

9.45 am

Kraepelin, Bleuler: Schizophrenia after Kraepelin

Professor Norbert Mueller, Munich, Germany

10.20 am

Question and answer session

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

Professor Bill Fullford, Philosophy and Psychiatry, Oxford and RCPsych

10.55 am

The US Neo-Kraepelinians

Professor Hannah Decker, History, Houston, Texas USA

11.30 pm

Keynote lecture: Kraepelin and contemporary biological psychiatry

Professor Nancy Andreasen, Psychiatry, Iowa USA

12.15 pm

Question and answer session

12.25 pm


Dr Claire Hilton, History and Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London and Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

1.25 pm

Kraepelin’s fateful turn away from patient experience

Dr Roz Austin, 'Hearing the Voice' Research Project, University of Durham

2.00 pm

Schizophrenia and the human environment

Professor Robin Murray, Psychiatry, King’s College London

2.35 pm

Question and answer session

2.45 pm

Tea and coffee break

Dr Christos Sideras, Psychiatry and Philosophy, Royal Society of Medicine London

3.15 pm

Phenomenology in psychiatry today

Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, Psychiatry and Philosophy, Pescara, Italy

3.50 pm

Identity and psychosis

Dr Tania Gergel, Philosophy and Classics, King’s College London

4.25 pm

Question and answer session

4.35 pm

Closing remarks

Professor Bill Fulford and Professor George Ikkos

4.50 pm

Close of meeting

5.00 pm

Psychiatry Section Annual General Meeting

6.30 pm

Drinks reception in the Max Rayne Foyer

All welcome

7.00 pm

Annual dinner in the ENT Room

Pre-registration required

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  • Early bird rates available until Tuesday 10 April 2018
  • RSM members: £50 - £85
  • Non members: £60 - £155
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For information on this event, contact Ruth ClovesTel: 02072902985 Email: arrow