The Paykel Lecture

Emeritus Professor Eugene S. Paykel

The Paykel Lectures, as they are now known, were established in 1988 by the then Head of Department, Professor Eugene S. Paykel. The lectures are hosted by the Department to honour someone who is internationally recognised to have made a major contribution to the field of academic psychiatry. That person is invited to give the annual Paykel Lecture.

The lecture series was renamed the Paykel Lecture Series in honour of Professor Paykel, following his retirement from Head of Department in 2001.

2013 Paykel Lecture

We are delighted to announce that the 2013 Paykel Lecture will be given by Professor Simon Lovestone, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry from King’s College London. 


Prof. Simon Lovestone will give the 2013 Paykel Lecture

The  title of the Lecture is :  ‘From shaggy to dickkopf; deconvoluting the amyloid cascade in Alzheimer’s disease (and some thoughts on why mice don’t get dementia but killer whales should)’. 

Simon Lovestone is Director of Research, King’s Health Partners, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London ( and director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health / Biomedical Research Unit for Dementia at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. He has research interests in the regulation of tau phosphorylation, dementia therapeutics and in the search for genetic and other biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease. Underpinning all these studies is the use of informatics, both clinical informatics, bioinformatics and the challenges of extracting value from very large variable datasets.

The Lecture will be held on Thursday 19th December, from 5pm, in the lecture theatre at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE (map).   

The lecture will start at 5.30pm and tea and coffee will be available from 5.00pm.  There will be a wine reception immediately afterwards which will give you an opportunity to speak to Professor Lovestone. 

Professor Peter Jones you very much hopes that you will be able to attend. The lecture is open to members of the department and the public.


 Previous lectures

A list of previous speakers and their lectures is given below. The Paykel Lecture is currently held in Michaelmas term (autumn) of each year on the Addenbrooke’s site. Details about the 2012 Paykel Lecture will be advertised here in due course.

Year Speaker Lecture
2012 Prof. Eileen Joyce The Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia:  Neural Basis and Clinical Relevance
2011 Prof. Guy Goodwin The Bipolar Phenotype
2010 Prof. Peter Fonagy Mentalization based Therapy – State of the Art
2009 Dr. Wayne C.  Drevets Neurological Studies of Rewards Processing In Major Depression
2008 Prof. Eric Taylor Impulsiveness and its pathology
2007 Prof. German Berrios The Epistemology of Psychiatry
2006 Prof. Paul Harrison Genes for schizophrenia and how they operate: what do we know and what does it mean?
2005 Prof. PJ Cowen Recovering from depression: It’s not over when it’s over
2004 Prof. Simon Wessely Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – the story of the (?first) Gulf War Syndrome
2003 Prof. Jules Angst The Mood spectrum: New Developments
2002 - No lecture -  
2001 Dr. Myrna Weissman How we began to study depression: a tribute to Eugene Paykel
2000 Prof. David Nutt Imaging and Imagination in Anxiety
1999 Prof. Terrie Moffitt Developmental Perspective on Anti-Social Personality Disorder: 25 years of Longitudinal Study
1998 Prof. Sir Robin Murray Schizophrenia: Early Misconnections to Adult Misconceptions
1997 Prof. Peter McGuffin The Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia
1996 Dr. Robert E. Kendell The Environmental Contribution to the Aetiology of Schizophrenia
1995 Prof. George W. Brown The Psychosocial Origins of Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Recent Evidence
1994 Prof. Sir Michael Rutter Why do some People have so much Stress?
1993 - No lecture -  
1992 Prof. Sir David Goldberg The Psychiatry of General Practice: Altering a Filter to Mental Health Care
1991 Prof. Norman Krietman Understanding the Epidemiology of Suicide
1990 Prof. George Winokur The Correct Classification of the Manias and Depressions
1989 Dr. Elliot S. Gershon The Scientific Revolution in Genetics and Psychiatry
1988 Prof. John K. Wing What Care? Which Community?


These lectures are open to all. Lectures are is preceded by coffee, tea and biscuits, and followed by a reception with drinks and canapes.