'Ketamine for Depression: patient and public consultation day' is a partnership between NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre.

This discussion day is being coordinated by a team of doctors, nurses and researchers. The event is run entirely independently of industry. 

Here are some of the people who have been involved in putting the event together:

Rupert McShane 

Rupert McShane is a consultant at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust where he leads a ketamine clinic for depression.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Oxford.  He is an investigator on several ketamine related trials, including trials of esketamine.     

Val Curran

Val Curran is Director of the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at University College London. She is a founding member of the charity DrugScience and an advisor to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform.

Val works on the effects of medicinal and recreational drugs on mood, thinking and the brain.  Currently she is running several projects on the potential medical uses on cannabinoids - the unique ingredients in cannabis. Val has published over 20 research papers on ketamine and is currently researching its use in pain and depression.

Celia Morgan

Celia Morgan is Professor of Psychopharmacology at Exeter.  Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of illicit drug use, especially those which mimic schizophrenia such as ketamine and cannabis.  She is currently researching hippocampal function following heavy ketamine use; neurogenesis and pattern completion in depression; and the effect of ketamine on cognitive function in heavy drinkers.

Til Wykes

Til Wykes is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London and works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She works on ways to improve services and psychological treatments for people with severe mental illness.  She is currently focussing on how to improve thinking difficulties, so that people can take advantage of opportunities for recovery and how to increase therapeutic activities in acute mental health services. Til also founded the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) which employs expert researchers who have experience of using mental health services. 

Sagar Jilka


Sagar Jilka is a postdoctoral Research Associate and Maudsley BRC Patient and Carer Involvement and Engagement theme coordinator. The theme is led by Prof. Dame Til Wykes. Sagar’s work focuses on ways to improve services and psychological treatments for people with severe mental illness.  He is currently focussing on how to improve online access to mental health records for service users, and ways to improve service user participation in research, alongside a host of other research projects. Sagar completed his PhD in cognitive Neuroscience at Imperial College London.

Claire Murray


Claire Murray is Patient and Public Involvement Manager at Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, where she leads the delivery of the patient and public involvement strategy, and facilitates a Patients and Research Group. She has a background working in service user involvement, patient information, HIV and women's health. She is a reviewer for the BMA Patient Information Awards.