Professor Sir Simon Wessely is Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and President of the Royal Society of Medicine. He studied medicine and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and finished his medical training at University College Oxford. He has a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology. He is consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital, Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army since 2001, and a Foundation Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research. In 1995 he founded the Gulf War Illness Research Unit, which became the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. Its flagship project is a large-scale ongoing study of the health and wellbeing of the UK Armed Forces, has had a direct impact on public policy and on forms of treatment and help for serving and ex serving personnel. Professor Wessely has over 800 original publications, with a particular emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, military health, population reactions to adversity, and epidemiology.

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