Medfest Panellists 2011
Shobna Gulati - actress
Actress Shobna Gulati has become a household name for her roles as Anita in Victoria Wood's 'Dinnerladies' and Sunita Alahan in 'Coronation Street'. She has had numerous other roles in television drama (Eastenders, Where The Heart Is, New Street Law, Magnolia) appeared in reality television shows (Soapstar Superstar, Masterchef) and as a TV quiz show guest (Call My Bluff, Have I got News for You, The Weakest Link and Countdown). Shobna stars in the short film 'Shadowscan' which won a BAFTA in 2001. She has also worked on stage and in radio and is a campaigner for women's rights and anti-racism. Photo credit: Adam Yaffe

Shobna Gulati is a panellist at the following Medfest events: Manchester and King's

Mat Whitecross - director
Mat Whitecross co-directed The Road to Guantanamo with Michael Winterbottom, winning the Silver Bear at Berlin for Best Director in 2006. He then went on to make music videos for artists including Coldplay, Take That and Jay-Z. In 2009, Whitecross co-directed The Shock Doctrine, an adaptation of Naomi Klein's controversial book and filmed Moving to Mars, a documentary about Karen refugees fleeing from Burma to the UK. His next film Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll was critically acclaimed and nominated for Best Actor and Music at the 2010 BAFTAs. He is currently shooting Ashes, a road movie thriller starring Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess

Mat Whitecross is a panellist at the Medfest UCL event

Max Pemberton - author, psychiatrist
Max Pemberton is a psychiatrist, author and journalist. He has written two books 'Trust Me, I'm A Junior Doctor', which was Radio 4 Book of the Week and 'Where Does It Hurt' which details his experiences of working with the homeless and people addicted to drugs. He writes a column for the Daily Telegraph - 'Finger On The Pulse', a monthly column for Reader's Digest and contributes regularly to the Mail On Sunday. He has won several awards, including Mind Journalist of the Year and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Educator of the Year.

Max Pemberton is a panellist at the following Medfest events: King's, George's and Bristol

Tinge Krishnan - director, doctor
Tinge Krishnan practiced as a hospital doctor until 1996 when she left to take a post graduate degree in film at NYU. She set up her own company Disruptive Element Films in 1995. She has directed music videos for Bib and Dido, and made award winning short films including Groove On A Stanley Knife (Silver Spire- San Francisco International Film Festival, 'Best European Film'- Cineffable Film Festival, 'Immaginaria' award- Bologna Film Festival) and Shadow Scan (Best short film- BAFTA, Best UK short- Raindance film festival). She has just completed her first feature, 'Junkhearts'.

Tinge Krishnan is a panellist at a Medfest event TBC

Paul Bazely - actor
Paul Bazely has worked as an actor in film, television, theatre and radio. He has worked with Mira Nair on Vanity Fair and Rob Marshall on Pirates of the Caribbean IV, and played the leading roles in two short films 'See Red' and 'Shadow Scan'. On television he has had running parts in 'Benidorm', 'Making Out' and 'Resnick' and his theatre work includes seasons at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court, where he played Abdul in the original production of 'East is East'. Among his many radio roles, he was a regular in the World Service drama 'Westway'.

Paul Bazely is a panellist at a Medfest event TBC

Keir Shiels - doctor, broadcaster
Keir Shiels recently starred in BBC Three's Fly-on-the-wall series 'Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands' and is now undertaking training in Paediatric Medicine. He has presented and lectured on topics as diverse as 'Abnormal Psychology and Darwinism', 'Nutmeg, Liquorice and other Poisons' and 'What the Brain Sees when it's not all there'. At work, Keir works in both paediatric clinical practice and laboratory research, with particular interests in Childhood Brain Cancers. He also lectures Clinical Reasoning and examines Communication Skills for Newcastle University. Keir has a passionate interest in drama and cinema and has appeared as a presenter at The Life Science Centre and on Sky TV's 'Brainiac'. He also provides the DVD Commentary for Red Dwarf VI.

Keir Shiels is a panellist at the Aberdeen Medfest event

Paul Sinha - comedian, doctor
Paul Sinha was born in the UK to Bengali parents and the family medical dynasty. Qualifying as a doctor in the 1990s, Paul also then took his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit. He pursued both careers and at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival earned a nomination for the highest accolade in live comedy, the if.comedy award (formerly the Perrier Award). Theatre shows and many appearances on the likes of BBC Radio's ;The Now Show', 'The News Quiz', 'Just a Minute' and 'Fighting Talk' have followed along with much critical acclaim.

Paul Sinha is a panellist at the George's Medfest event

Brian Glasser - author, film expert
Brian Glasser has been a lecturer in medical schools for over 20 years, helping to create the first intercalated BSc in Medical Humanities (at UCL). His book Medicinema: Doctors in Films(Radcliffe) came out in 2010 and he is an expert in the field. Reviews have described the book as 'a challenge/wake-up call to medical educators and film scholars alike'. Brian has also worked in the NHS for many years and writes about jazz.

Brian Glasser is a panellist at the following Medfest events: King's, UCL, George's, Cardiff, Cambridge and Bristol

Peter Byrne - psychiatrist, film expert
Peter Byrne is a liaison psychiatrist and Director of Public Education for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has a masters' degree in film studies and has lectured on the subject for 8 years. He devised and produced a short film, '1 in 4', that achieved a UK cinema distribution and was programme consultant to a BBC Horizon special on stigma in mental illness. He programmed the UK's first mental health film festival, helped to programme the Reel Madness and Happy Soul Film Festivals and is a founder member and programmer of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Peter Byrne is a panellist at the following Medfest events: King's, UCL and Cambridge

Stephen Potts - psychiatrist, writer for stage and screen
Stephen Potts is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he works closely with the kidney, liver and pancreas transplant teams. He is also a writer of prose and drama, having published seven children's novels and scripted drama for radio, the stage and the cinema. His feature film adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Butterfly Tattoo won awards at international film festivals. He is currently developing a new medical TV series under the working title Talking Shop.

Stephen Potts is a panellist at the Medfest event in Edinburgh

Ross Overshott - psychiatrist, playwright
Ross is a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry in Salford, Greater Manchester. He is the patron consultant for the Manchester University Medical Student Psychiatry Society and conducts a 'Psychiatry and Cinema' teaching session on the psychiatry undergraduate course. In 2006, Ross co-founded a small touring theatre company, which has produced several of his plays that have won theatre festival awards for 'new writing' and 'best production'.

Ross Overshott is a panellist at the Medfest event in Manchester