EPA is pleased to present the following experts for the below confirmed Scientific Programme sessions.

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Plenary Speakers

Schizophrenia is a Myth with a Strong Genetic Component

Robin Murray, UK

An Innovative Conceptualisation of Mental Disorders: the Network Approach

Denny Borsboom, Netherlands
High risk and Resilience Studies : Lessons for Prevention, Care and ResearchMerete Nordentoft, Denmark

State of the Art Speakers

Developments in Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorders: New Technologies and Approaches

Eduard Vieta, Spain
Advances in (Adolescent) Eating Disorders

Janet Treasure, UK
Youth Mental Health: transition from child to adult mental health services 

Swaran Singh, UK
​How to address domestic and sexual violence in clinical work

​​Louise Howard, UK

Planning ahead for acute mental health crises: methods and outcomes

Claire Henderson, UK

Precision medicine in addiction: a bright future?

Wim Van den Brink, Netherlands

Debate Speakers

Antipsychotic treatment: polypharmacy is better than monotherapy - PRO

Christopher Correll, USA

Antipsychotic treatment: polypharmacy is better than monotherapy - CON

Stefan Leucht, Germany
Assisted suicide in psychiatric patients - PROJoris Vandenberghe, Belgium

​Assisted suicide in psychiatric patients - CONPhilippe Courtet, France

Disclosing a mental disorder: do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? - PRO

​Sara Evans Lacko, UK
​Disclosing a mental disorder: do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? - CON

Saeed Farooq, UK

Symposia Speakers

Symposia Title

Lecture Title


​New perspectives in negative symptoms: a transnosographic approach to diagnosis and treatment
​Negative symptoms across diagnostic categories: implications for their conceptualization and assessment 

Armida Mucci, Italy

​Negative symptoms in at-risk mental state (ARMS) for psychosis: implications for the outcome

​Lucia Valmaggia, UK

​Negative symptoms in schizophrenia-spectrum and affective psychoses: presentation, course and correlates

Ellen Herbener, USA

​Treatment of negative symptoms across diagnostic categories: achievements and challenges

Stefan Kaiser, Switzerland

Brain mechanisms of resilience to mood and psychotic disordersIdentifying the brain mechanisms of resilience to stressful life events, psychological distress and depression​Andrew McIntosh, UK

​Identifying the brain mechanisms of resilience to familial risk for bipolar disorder​Sophia Frangou, USA
​Brain volume abnormalities in different types of first degree relatives of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: an ENIGMA study​Neeltje Van Haren, Netherlands
​Polygenic risk profile score increases schizophrenia liability mostly through cognition pathways: Mathematical causation models with latent cognition and polygenic risk​Timothea Toulopoulou, Turkey
Setting priorities for mental health research in Europe​The ROAMER project: a roadmap for mental health research in Europe​Josep Maria Haro, Spain

​Priorities for mental health research in Europe: A survey among national stakeholders' associations within the ROAMER project​Andrea Fiorillo, Italy
​Defining research priorities for mental health: an integrated and comprehensive ROADMAP​Til Wykes, UK
​The psychological perspective on mental health and mental disorder research in Europe​Ulrich Wittchen, Germany
​Cyberbullying, Cybersuicide and novel psychoactive substances: mental  health needs in young people

​Cyberbullying: a new challenge for mental health care

Andreas Fiorillo, Italy

​Cybersuicide in young people: implications for suicide prevention

Danuta Wasserman, Sweden

​The role of novel psychoactive substances on young people mental health

Fabrizio Schifano, UK

​Youth space and youth mental health

Max Birchwood, UK

Revision of the International Classification of Diseases – State of the art in ICD-11 Field Studies​Results from recent ICD-11 Field Studies in Germany ​Wolfgang Gaebel, Germany
​Current developments in overall ICD-revision on mental, behavioural or neurodevelopmental disorders​Geoffrey Reed, Switzerland
​Personality disorders in ICD-11 - current statusSabine Herpertz, Germany

​ICD- 11 and the future of disease classification in psychiatry​Mario Maj, Italy

Revision of  the International Classification of Diseases – State of the art in ICD-11 Field Studies

​Results from recent ICD-11 Field Studies in Germany 

Wolfgang Gaebel, Germany

​Current developments in overall ICD-revision on mental, behavioural or neurodevelopmental disorders

Geoffrey Reed, Switzerland

Personality disorders in ICD-11 - current status

​Sabine Herpertz, Germany

​ICD- 11 and the future of disease classification in psychiatry

​Mario Maj, Italy

Forcibly displaced people and mental health in Europe: challenges and needsDimensions of the problem and the psychosocial context Levent Küey, Turkey
 Traumas faced on the wayIris Tatjana Graef-Calliess, Germany
 Mental health consequencesMeryam Schouler-Oçak, Germany
Mental health services for asylum seekers and refugeesMarianne Carisius Kastrup, Denmark
Closing the mortality gap in schizophrenia

​Mortality gap in schizophrenia: what the data tell us
Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Sweden

​Should psychiatrists be more cautious about the long-term prophylactic use of antipsychotics

Robin Murray, UK

​Securing the right to health for persons with mental health problems and disabilities

Arno Deister, Germany

​Responding to the catastrophic reduction of life expectancy among psychiatric patients

Jeanette Westman, Sweden

ADHD and Addiction, towards a consensusEpidemiology of ADHD and SUDMassimo Clerici, Italy
 Concept of Comorbidity on ADHD and SUDWim Van den Brink, Netherlands
 International Statement on ADHD in patients with SUDCleo Crunelle, Belgium
 Treatment of ADHD in patients with SUDs: new evidences

Friead Matthys, Belgium


Presidential Symposium

Vulnerable people in humanitarian emergencies

​Humanitarian emergencies and mental health

Silvana Galderisi, Italy

​Empowering women and girls in humanitarian emergencies

Michaela Amering, Austria

​Preventing suicide in women and girls in humanitarian emergencies

Danuta Wasserman, Sweden

​The WPA program for strengthening the contribution and availability of psychiatrists in situations of conflict and Emergency

Helen Herrman, Australia

Joint Symposium with EUFAS

Co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders: pathogenesis and treatment

​Interaction between behavioral inhibition and neural alcohol cue-reactivity in ADHD and alcohol use disorder

​Vollstädt-Klein Sabine, Germany

​Exploring novel targets in the transition from reward to misery in comorbid substance use and mood disorders

Albert Batalla, the Netherlands

​Addiction treatment – what is needed?

Colin Drummond, UK


Training Workshop

Workshop Title

Lecture Title


Psychotherapy for Patients with Eating Disorders: What works?Psychotherapy for patients with Eating Disorders: What works?Janet Treasure, UK
Perinatal psychiatry for beginnersKey clinical challenges in perinatal psychiatryLouise Howard, UK
 Pharmacotherapy in pregnancy and postnatal periodTamas Kurimay, Hungary
Sexual PsychotherapySexual Therapy in 21st centuryGoran Arbanas, Croatia
Prevention of mental health disordersThe art of preventionNorman Sartorius, Switzerland
 Effective prevention programmes in childhoodKristian Wahlbeck, Finland
 Prevention of suicide and self-harm behaviourMerete Nordentoft, Denmark
 Prevention of substance misuseGeert Dom, Belgium

Court Debate

Debate Title

Lecture Title


Choose your career wisely: Academia and/or Clinical practice?Pros and Cons of AcademiaSilvana Galderisi, Italy
 Pros and cons of  clinical practiceRobin Murray, UK


Panel Title


How can psychiatry contribute to the promotion of human rights of people with mental health problems?Peter McGovern, WHO Switzerland
 Andreas Heinz, Germany
 Miia Männikkö, Finland
 Hilkka Kärkkäinen, Finland

EFPT / ECPC-EPA Symposium

Symposium Title

Lecture Title


European Psychiatric Trainees' Research Projects: Key findingsInvoluntary treatment in psychiatry: Is there enough training for psychiatric trainees to deal with every day challenges?Katharina Schonegger, Austria
 How is EFPT bridging the gap between clinical practice and research among psychiatry traineesIryna Frankova, Ukraine
 E-psychiatry in FranceAudrey Fontaine, France
 How can young psychiatrists keep pace with the new psychoactive substances - findings from the EFPT pan-European surveyDiego Quattrone, UK

ECPC Symposia

Symposium Title

Lecture Title


How to organise acute psychiatric care?Acute Interventions in PsychosisPatrick McGorry, Australia
 Rapid crisis response team (ERIC) in FranceLaure Zeltner, France
 Patient Controlled Hospital AdmissionsChristoffer Torgaard Thomsen, Denmark
 Integrated or functional model of care?Domenico Giacco, UK
Internet, smart phones and mental health apps - what is their role in Psychiatry?Patient Interest, Engagement, and Innovation in Smartphones for PsychiatryJohn Torous, US
 Using video-calls to combat loneliness in old ageSonam Zamir, UK
 Patients views and experiences of being in contact  with a volunteer using a smartphoneMariana Pinto Da Costa, Portugal
 The role of social media in building resilience among psychiatristsGreg Lydall, UK