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Public Seminars

Global Disability Research Group Seminar Series

focusing on cross-disciplinary global disability research.
To join the mailing list for this seminar series please e-mail your details to Ellie Cole.

Global Health (IGH) Symposia

Members of the department contribute to IGH public meetings which bring together expertise on global health issues from all faculties within UCL.
Contact: Sarah Ball, Tel: (internal x82 72 2352)

'5pm' External Speakers Seminar Series

17 January 2013; Basement Lecture Theatre, UCL 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT; 17.00-18.00

“Mental Health and the Military:  Myths and Realities”  (alternatively entitled:  “More Falklands Veterans have committed suicide than died in the war:  Myths and Realities of Military Mental health”)

Simon Wessely

Professor of Psychological Medicine, King's College London

Vice Dean, Academic Psychiatry

Head, Department of Psychological Medicine

Director, King's Centre for Military Health Research Institute of Psychiatry

Simon Wessely is Vice Dean, Chair and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and a Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s and Maudsley Hospitals. He is also Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research Unit at King’s College London (www.kcl.ac.uk/kcmhr) as well as the Civilian Advisor in Psychiatry for the British Army. He previously set up the CFS Research Unit at King’s and the first dedicated CTU for mental health at KCL and the Maudsley.

His research interests are in the grey areas between medicine and psychiatry, clinical epidemiology, psychiatric injury and military health. His first paper was called “Dementia and Mrs Thatcher”, but since then he has published over 600 papers on many subjects (H 62), including epidemiology, post traumatic stress, psychological debriefing, chronic fatigue syndrome, RCTs, history, suicide, chronic pain, somatisation, Gulf War illness, shell shock, military health and terrorism. Having once been a journalist in a previous existence, he is also a bit of a media hack.

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