The decision by the Institute of Psychiatry, Britain’s leading centre for psychiatric research, to invite disgraced Professor Charles Nemeroff to speak at the inaugural lecture of the Institute’s new Centre for Affective Disorders has caused a great deal of controversy; news that was recently featured on Mad in America. In the latest development members of the Critical Psychiatry Network in UK have written an open letter to Professor Pariantes, the Director of the new Centre for Affective Disorders, requesting that he cancel Nemeroff’s invitation.
Members of Critical Psychiatry are angered that the Institute’s invitation flies in the face of recent attempts by the profession to clean up its act in respect to its links to the Industry. Nemeroff lied to his then employer, Emory University, about his income from GSK while holding large grants to run drug trials from the company. He is regarded by many as the most egregious example of the dishonest and unprincipled relationship between academic psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry.
The Critical Psychiatry letter can be accessed at Letter to Institute of Psychiatry re: Nemeroff Lecture, and there is also a link to a British Medical Journal rapid response on the subject by Derek Summerfield, a member of the Critical Psychiatry Network.