Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: The true story of Gulf War Syndrome - Professor Simon Wessely - Gresham College Lectures

Simon Wessely is professor of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and director of the King's Centre for MIlitary Health Research. He is co-author of a new book, From Shell Shock to PTSD, Psychology Press, 2005. Professor Simon Wessely joined the IoP in 1989 and GKT in 1991. He has been active in research into the borders between medicine and psychiatry for many years, most particularly the chronic fatigue syndrome. He created and led the Gulf War Illness Research Unit in 1996, a joint enterprise between IoP and War Studies, with professor Christopher Dandeker and Lawry Freedman. It has just been awarded large grant to study the health and social consequences of the Iraq deployment. He is civilian advisor to the British Army, and regularly advises MOD, DH, NATO and various US agencies on psychological aspects of military service, terrorism and psychological injury and side effects of Medical Counter Measures. With historian Edgar Jones he has set up a new MA on the History of War and Psychiatry. He also is the acting director of the IoP Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), which would link with a KCL CTU is developed. He is delivering the next Liddell Hart lecture in March 2006 on ""Risk and the Armed Forces"" and is publishing a new history of shell shock. Institute of Psychiatry http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/ All our lectures are available for free download from the Gresham College website, in video, audio or text formats: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Gresham College professors and guest speakers have been giving free public lectures in central London since 1597. This tradition continues today and you can attend any of our lectures, or watch or listen to them on our website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gresham-College/14011689941

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