WPA World Mind Matters Day
EPA supports WPA initiative
On 4 September the WPA launched the first ever World Mind Matters Day, including a position paper on Social justice for persons with mental illness (mental disability), for which the EPA gave its support.
The goal of this global initiative, in alignment with the mission of the WPA, is to raise awareness of eight FAIR DEAL priorities through key project delivery, involving global psychiatrists, patients, family doctors, carers and policy makers.
- Fairness and equity in funding, resources, outcomes and research
- Accessibility to effective services
- Integrating physical and mental health
- Reducing discrimination and stigma
- Dignity and equality for all
- Education of public and stakeholders
- Alliances and advocacy with patients and carers
- Links with organisations and across specialities
To mark the launch of the ‘World Mind Matters Day’ and with the aim of achieving the eight FAIR DEAL priorities, the WPA also a position paper on social justice in mental healthcare, which is supported by 12 organisations from across the world, including the EPA.
More information about the initiative, its priorities and the position paper can be found here.
European Brain Council (EBC)
European Brain Council (EBC) is a coordinating council founded in 2002, and has offices in Brussels and Florence. It is promoting brain-related research by collaborating with member organisations, interacting with the Institutions of the European Union, fostering dialogue between scientists and society, promoting education and disseminating information about brain research and diseases in Europe.
The membership of the European Brain Council consists of professional organisations, patient organisations and industrial partners. Members of EBC include the European Federation of Neurological Societies, the European Psychiatric Association, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, The European Federation of Neurological Associations and Global Alliance for Mental Illness Advocacy Networks.
Setting the scene for discussion and raising awareness of neuroscience research in Europe
EJN published the 2011 version of Consensus Document on European Brain Research (European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 33, pp. 768-818, 2011).
The Consensus document on European Brain Research, prepared by European Brain Council - EBC in collaboration with more than 200 European scientists and patients organizations, contains both proposals for future research programmes and describes the needs and achievements of research in Europe.
The document highlights the need for strong basic research in neuroscience and the development of a strong European platform for brain research which is needed to address brain diseases, representing nowadays a societal emergency in European countries. The present document represents an update to the 2006 Consensus Document, reflecting changes in research priorities and advances in brain research that have taken place since 2006.
Multinational and multidisciplinary teams have once again come together to express their views, not only on what needs to be done, but also on the current strengths in European research, hoping that once again the Consensus document could inspire policy makers and stakeholders in directing funding for research in Europe.
Please find below the link to the PDF of the article:
Council of Europe
EPA was granted in February 1989 a consultant status at the Council of Europe followed by a participatory status in 2003.
Watch the Council of Europe's weekly News "The Journal" here.
ECNP-EPA Joint Symposia
The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) and European Psychiatric Association (EPA) organise Joint Symposia at each other's Congresses. EPA organised an educational update session entitled “EPA educational session – First episode psychosis: beyond the dopamine paradigm” during the 29th ECNP Congress on 17 September 2016 in Vienna.
The session was moderated by EPA President, Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel and Prof. Gil Zalsman. The session composition was as follows:
Future treatments for schizophrenia: thinking outside the dopamine box
Celso Arango, Spain
Beyond simple D2 blockade: stratification, response and going upstream
Oliver Howes, UK
European Conference on Schizophrenia Research – a joint project of EPA and ESAS
The 5th European Conference on Schizophrenia Research was held from 24 – 26 September 2015 in Berlin (Germany) under the motto “Bridging Gaps – Improving Outcomes”. It took place under EPA patronage.
For more information, please visit the Conference website.
1st International Congress of Early Career Psychiatrists
The 1st International Congress of Early Career Psychiatrists took place 9-11 January 2013 in Cairo, Egypt under the the theme “Towards Professionalism in Psychiatry.” Organised under the patronage of the EPA, this event had 81 attendees including delegates from countries other than Egypt such as: Switzerland, Australia, USA, Bangladesh and New Zealand. A full report on the Congress can be downloaded here.
|Group photo with some of the speakers and early career psychiatrists participating in the meeting||Congress Honorary President Prof. Ahmed Okasha (President Egyptian Psychiatric Association and WPA Past President), the Congress President Prof. Tarek Molokhia (Head of the Early Career Psychiatrists section, Egyptian Psychiatric Association) and Prof. David Baron (Chair of the WPA Section on Exercise and Sports Psychiatry|
1st Forum of European Medical Academic Societies
The 1st Forum of European Medical Academic Societies was held on 1 December 2009 in collaboration with the European Commission in Stockholm, Sweden, with a view to strengthen the funding for medical research, but also to set up a basis for discussion on other issues, such as reviewing, research objectives and communication of research results to the public.
EPA was represented at this forum by Professor Hans-Jürgen Möller.
6th Congress of Interns in Psychiatry
On 1-2 October 2009, the 6th National Congress of Interns in Psychiatry was held in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
The meeting focused on “Conceptions of Human Beings in Psychiatry” (“Conceptions de l’Homme en Psychiatrie”) and its objective was to contribute to the training of interns in psychiatry, presenting symposia and poster exhibitions and promoting exchanges between the interns. Up to 300 interns from France and all over Europe participated in this event and shared two days full of training and reflection, as well as conviviality.
Professor Cyril Höschl, EPA Past President, has represented the European Psychiatric Association at this event and offered a lecture discussing “Is there a European specificity in Psychiatry?”
EPA/ECNP regional workshop
EPA and ECNP organised together a regional workshop on “Psychopharmacology of anxiety disorders in light of new classification systems (ICD-11, DSM-V)” aimed at under 40 years old participants. Altogether 13 young psychiatrists and one neurologist in training attended the workshop that took place on 25-27 June 2009 in Košice, Slovakia. The tutors of the workshop were C. Hoschl (EPA past-president), J. Zohar (ECNP president-elect) and E. Palova (President, Slovak Psychopharmacological Association).
ECNP - EPA Seminar in Neuropsychopharmacology
Alessandro Serretti (Italy), Iris Illebrandi (Administrator of ECNP), Celso Arango (Spain), Cyril Höschl (Czech Republic), Joseph Zohar (Israel), Janusz Rybakovski, Malgorzata Rzewuska and Jan Jaracz (all hosts from Poland)
ECNP and EPA have an active ongoing collaboration relation and they organised jointly a seminar in Neuropsychopharmacology from 28 to 30 May 2009 in Czerniejewo, Poland. At this occasion the EPA past president, Professor Cyril Höschl presented a lecture on “Schizophrenia update: Discrete and continuous approach in the conceptualization of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder”.