Report on the Experimental Medicine Day hosted by the Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health and Dementia Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry

Professor Ed Bullmore (Cambridge & GSK) opened the meeting and eloquently set up the challenge for psychiatry – that is, the therapeutic inertia in the field. The intertia was captured in a suggestion that a practicing psychiatrist today would perform reasonably well based on a text book from 1990! This is unlikely to be true in other fields. He proceeded to use a concrete example of an Experimental Medicine approach to drug development from his work at GSK in the development of an opioid antagonist for appetite control.