Message from EPA President Prof. Silvana Galderisi
22 May 2018
The 26th EPA Congress “Mental Health: Integrate, Innovate, Individualise”, held in Nice, France, 3-6 March 2018, was a successful, stimulating and memorable event.
It confirmed that the EPA Congress meets clinicians’ needs and expectations in terms of continuous medical education in Psychiatry, trainees’ expectations in terms of integration of their training programs and access to direct contact with international key opinion leaders, and researchers’ expectations in terms of opportunities for discussing clinical relevance and translational value of research findings.
The message captured by the motto was articulated and substantiated by evidence throughout the core sessions,with a special focus on the integration of new technologies and research findings into person-centered approaches to prevention, care and training.
Three outstanding Plenary and 6 State of the Art Lectures, 15 Educational Courses, 52 Symposia, 20 Workshops, 3 Ask the Expert sessions, 4 Debates, 190 oral communications and over 900 e-posters, as well as countless informal interactions and opportunities for networking activities in a beautiful and efficient venue, made the Congress an unforgettable professional experience.
In addition to this, I wish to highlight an important structural development of the EPA that took place during the Congress: the EPA General Assembly approved the inclusion of the Presidents of the two leading European organisations representing respectively patients and families/carers in the EPA Board as ex-officio members, with full voting rights.
The Congress success and the newly developed initiatives positioning the EPA at the forefront of progress in mental health care and research are made possible by the dedication, energy and competence of the EPA Board, Council of National Psychiatric Associations, Scientific Program Committee and Advisory Scientific Program Committee, Local Organising Committee, Congress Speakers and Chairpersons, EPA staff, Kenes staff, all Participants and Congress Sponsors.
I wish to express my most sincere thanks to All and look forward to seeing you at the 27th EPA Congress in Warsaw, Poland on April 6-9 2019.
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.