Michael Trimble

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Professor Michael Trimble

Professor Michael Trimble was for many years Professor of Behavioural Neurology and Consultant Physician to the Department of Psychological Medicine at the National Hospital Queen Square, London. He now holds emeritus status at the above institutions.

Professor Trimble was educated at Malvern College, Worcestershire and then studied medicine at Birmingham University. His first degree was, and lifelong interest has been in neuroanatomy. Following obtaining a First Class Honours degree in that subject, he proceeded to qualify in medicine with honours, also being awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Prize as university student of the year in 1970.

He studied general medicine, especially cardiology, obtaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians before going to the National Hospital Queen Square and then the Maudsley Hospital to advance his training in neurology and psychiatry. Following an internship in psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, he returned to the National Hospital to pursue a career in neuropsychiatry.

He soon set up a research group with main interests in the interface disorders between neurology and psychiatry, reflected in the developing recognition of neuropsychiatry and behavioural neurology as independent disciplines. The research group (Raymond-Way Unit) explored the behavioural consequences of neurological disorders and their treatment, with a major interest in epilepsy and movement disorders.

He married Jenifer Wilson-Barnett in 1974, who for many years was Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London and who was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2004.

His current writing and academic interests involve teaching and lecturing on neuroanatomical concepts relevant to understanding behaviour and its variations, in particular with an interest in neuroaesthetics and neurotheology, namely the cerebral basis of artistic and religious experiences. His recent books include The Soul in the Brain: The Cerebral Basis of Language, Art and Belief, Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 2007.

Areas of Expertise

1. Neurology and psychiatry
2. Neuropsychiatry and behavioural neurology
3. Head injury, with special reference to epilepsy and behavioural problems
4. Post-traumatic stress disorder
5. Functional neurologic disorders
6. Conversion disorder
7. Dissociation disorder
8. Factitious disorder/malingering
9. Tics (involuntary, brief, stereotyped motor and vocal actions; a symptom of:-
Tourette syndrome (TS)
10. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
11. Medical negligence in relation to the development of psychiatric illness
12. The use of anticonvulsant drugs in psychiatry
13. Epilepsy (inc. the effects of seizures and the
14. Impact of epilepsy treatment on human behaviour)
15. Disorders of the Limbic System
16. Personality Disorders and Neuroses
17. Schizophrenia
18. Dementias

Major publications

(1) Trimble MR. Biological Psychiatry. J. Wiley & Sons, Chichester; 1988

(2) Cummings JL, Trimble MR. Concise Guide to Neuropsychiatry and Bahavioural Neurology. 2nded. American Psychiatric Press Inc., Washington DC; 2001

(3) Trimble MR and Schmitz B.Forced Normalization and Alternative Psychoses of Epilepsy. Wrightson Biomedical Publishing LTD, Petersfield, 1998

(4) Trimble MR and Schmitz B. The Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy. Cambridge University Press, 2002

(5) Trimble MR. Somatoform Disorders: A Medicolegal Guide. Cambridge University Press, 2004

(6) Trimble MR. The Soul in the Brain: The cerebral basis of Language, Art and Belief. Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 2007


Address:Box 148, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery,
Queen Square, London , WC1N 3BG

Tel: 020 3448 4743
Fax: 020 7278 3053
Email: mtrimble@ion.ucl.ac.uk