This year’s annual Psychiatry Postgraduate Research Symposium showcased some of the fantastic research taking place within the Department.
At St Catharine’s College on 17 November 2022, a busy programme was introduced by the Head of the Department, Professor Tamsin Ford.
The Frantz Fanon Keynote Lecture
Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE FRCPsych FMedSci
Professor Hotopf is Vice Dean of Research at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre. He trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in Psychiatry at the Maudsley.
His main area of research is in the grey area between medicine and psychiatry, exploring the interaction between mental and physical health, and using “big data” approaches to understand this interface better. He has worked extensively in areas where mental health relates to other walks of life – including occupational and military health, mental health law, and the wider community.
He has received many research grants, including the Innovative Medicines Initiative RADAR-CNS (Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in CNS disorders) program, which seeks to use data streams from smartphones and wearables to assess and predict health states in people with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and depression.
He works clinically as a liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and St Christopher’s Hospice and leads the award-winning IMPARTS (Integrating mental and physical health, Research training and Service) project, which seeks to provide better mental healthcare to people with physical illnesses.
He received the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s 2016 Wayne Katon Research Award, and is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours for services to psychiatric research.