Prof Mitul Mehta from the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) teamed up with Elaine Snell from the International Neuroethics Society to convene a symposium entitled ‘Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents’ as part of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) Festival of Neuroscience held in Dublin, April 14th-17th
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.