Dr Nicola Kalk graduated as a doctor from the University of Cape Town in 2002. She completed MScs in Neuroscience and in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University before receiving an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in psychiatry at the University of Bristol where she studied psychopharmacology of anxiety and addiction with Professor David Nutt and Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes. At Imperial College London she completed her PhD with Professor Lingford-Hughes, using PET to investigate the involvement of neuroinflammation in alcohol withdrawal and alcohol-related brain damage. She subsequently completed higher psychiatric training in General Adult Psychiatry at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and has focussed on clinical records research investigating substance misuse and psychiatric comorbidity and has collaborated with Professor Sir John Strang in respiratory physiology studies of opioid agonist ingestion. She is currently Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist for the Kings College Hospital Alcohol Care Team and continues to hold an honorary clinical lectureship at King’s College London.