Upcoming President's lectures 

On this page you can find out about the next fantastic lectures given for College members at the invitation of our President, Professor Wendy Burn.

Conflict, co-operation and complexity

15 November 2019

A lecture by Lord John Alderdice, introduced by Professor Wendy Burn

Synopsis: It would be difficult to argue that our world is not characterised by the spread of conflict and complexity. But can a better understanding of complexity theories point to the possibilities for cooperation in our diversity, rather than political violence? John Alderdice will explore this challenge and its practical implications.

Location: All Ireland meeting, Titanic Hotel, Belfast.

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Integrating Neuroscience into 21st Century Medical Education: Lessons from the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative

28 November

A lecture by Professor David A. Ross

Synopsis: While psychiatry and neuroscience have experienced unprecedented growth in the past 20 years, for a host of reasons it has been difficult to incorporate these findings into contemporary medical education. In this talk, we will present a novel, collaborative approach for integrating new scientific findings into medical education using a framework that is rooted in principles of adult learning.

Location: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London.

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(Not so) legal highs: understanding novel psychoactive substances

29 November

A lecture by Dr Derek Tracy, introduced by Dr Adrian James, RCPsych Registrar

Synopsis: There has been an explosion of novel psychoactive substances (NPS), with over one hundred new compounds identified each year in recent times; at present there are at least 700 such drugs. A 2016 change in the law banned them, but has shown limited success, and it is fundamentally unlikely we can ‘legislate’ our way out of drug harms.

Some of the new compounds appear particularly potent and harmful, and there has been a rapid growth in their use in prisons and psychiatric wards, fuelled by their low price and the fact that many are difficult to detect. The novel cannabinoids – sometimes generically referred to as ‘spice’ – are a particular concern, with agitated aggressive psychotic states that can be difficult to manage.

The large and growing number of drugs has meant that many clinicians feel confused and overwhelmed by the area, but it is a topic of importance for all, not just substance use services. This talk will explain how we have reached our current situation, and provide a practical clinical model for categorising NPS, and assessing and treating your patients in general settings. 

Location: West Midlands Division Winter Academic Meeting, St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Road, Solihull. 

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A lecture by Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer Scotland

31 January 2020

Lecture details to follow

Location: Playfair Hall of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.


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