Dr John Cookson – 2009

Developments in Psychiatric Care and Treatment

19th November 2009 – Speaker: Dr John Cookson

Dr John Charles Cookson BM DPhil FRCP FRCPsych

Dr John Cookson is Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Royal London Hospital, East London and City Mental Health Trust, and Tower Hamlets Centre for Mental Health at Mile End Hospital.

Dr Cookson did pre-clinical studies at Oxford University, and completed his DPhil in Pharmacology before his clinical studies at University College Hospital. Since 1981 he has worked as a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at the Royal London Hospital, and was Chairman of the Department from 1993-2008. From 1986-98 he was co-director of the Academic Unit of Human Psychopharmacology. His interest in Substance Misuse is reflected by his membership of the Medical Council on Alcoholism, and his work as an expert advisor to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. He has a particular interest in the treatment of bipolar affective disorder. Amongst his many publications, perhaps the best known is “Use of Drugs in Psychiatry: the evidence from Psychopharmacology” (2002) (Cookson, J. C, Katona, C.  and Taylor, D). He was one of the founding editors of “Advances in Psychiatric Treatment”, the Royal College of Psychiatrist journal of continuing professional development.


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