Message from EPA President, Prof. Silvana Galderisi
28 April 2017
I am glad to report that the 25th EPA Congress “Together for Mental Health”, held in Florence, Italy, 1-4 April 2017, has been the largest EPA Congress ever.
It brought together expert clinicians, researchers and leaders of stakeholder organisations in the field of mental health and provided great opportunities for networking activities.
With 3 outstanding Plenary sessions, 6 State-of-the-Art lectures, 15 EPA Courses, 63 symposia, 15 workshops, 3 Ask the Expert sessions, 5 debates, over 90 oral communications and 800 e-posters, as well as countless informal interactions, the congress contributed to raising awareness of mental health as an essential component of public health, stimulated the discussion on the role of psychiatrists in promoting mental health and improving mental health care across Europe, and favoured communication among different stakeholders.
It has represented a unique opportunity to promote the dialogue between neurosciences and social sciences and highlight key topics relevant to prevention and care of mental disorders, such as challenges and opportunities of e-mental health, long-term consequences of childhood traumatic experiences, primary prevention in young people, new addictions and mental health care of refugees.
I wish to thank all those who made it possible, in particular the Scientific Programme Committee, the Advisory Scientific Programme Committee, the Local Organising Committee, all speakers and chairpersons, the EPA staff, the Kenes staff, all participants and congress sponsors.
I look forward to seeing you all at the 26th EPA Congress, in Nice, France on 3-6 March 2018.
About Silvana Galderisi
Silvana Galderisi MD, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the training school in Psychiatry at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli in Naples, Italy, as well as Director of the Emergency Unit within its Department of Mental Health.
Her research activity has focused on Schizophrenia pathophysiology, treatment and outcome, with particular reference to the domains of cognition and negative symptoms and their impact on psychosocial outcome.
Her mandate as EPA President will run from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018.