Functional Stroke: A New Challenge for Stroke Services and Neuropsychiatry

CHeBA Visiting Lecture Series presents Professor Anthony David of University College London, for his talk:

Functional Stroke: A New Challenge for Stroke Services and Neuropsychiatry

The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with Professor David

The advent of specialised stroke services globally has had a major impact on stroke mortality and morbidity by reducing the delays in getting effective treatments to patients. However, an inevitable consequence of these services is that they ‘sweep up’ people with non-stroke diagnoses (‘mimics’) including those with functional neurological disorders. Those with functional strokes are not well catered for by these services although their precise needs are poorly understood. I will present data on the prevalence of this problem from around the world as well as detailed clinical information from a London centre and will put forward some ideas on what we might do about it.


Professor Anthony David is Professor of Mental Health and Director of the Institute of Mental Health since 2018, as well as Honorary Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at the National Hospital for Neurology, UCLH Foundation NHS Trust. He recently published “Into the Abyss: a neuropsychiatrist’s notes on troubled minds” (2020 Oneworld Publications). He qualified in medicine from Glasgow University and worked in medicine and neurology before training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. Prior to joining UCL, he was Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry at KCL IoPPN (2013-18). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Experimental Psychology Society and a founder member of both the British Neuropsychological Society and British Neuropsychiatry Association. He has authored over 600 publications in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals.

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