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* EPA 2017 Research Prize and Scholarship Winners
* EPA leaders visit worldwide psychiatric events
* Register now for EPA 2017 Florence and 3rd EPA Forum
* European Psychiatry seeks interested candidates for Editor
* News from Brussels


* 23-25 February (Cairo)
Egyptian Association of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (EACBT) Congress 
* 1-4 April 2017 (Florence)
25th European Congress of Psychiatry
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Research Prizes and Scholarships

EPA congratulates our winners for 2017!


EPA Research Prize

After yet another year with many exceptional submissions, the jury selected 10 winners for the 2017 Research Prizes:

Category 1: Clinical psychopathology and refinement of psychiatric diagnostic categories
Aurélie Laserre (Switzerland)
Rafaella Calati (France)

Category 2: Biological correlates and treatments of mental disorders
Alkomiet Hasan (Germany)
Anna-Clara Hollander (Sweden)

Category 3: Psychiatric epidemiology, social psychiatry and psychotherapeutic interventions in mental disorders
Niels Okkels (Denmark)
Petr Winkler (Czech Republic)

Category 4: Child and adolescent psychiatry
Thomas Lancaster (UK)
Dennis Raven (Netherlands)

Category 5: Best paper published in European Psychiatry
Nikolina Jovanovic (Croatia/UK)
Sarah Cargnin (Italy)

The Research Prize winners will receive 2000€ each for the best scientific papers published in the year 2016.


EPA Scholarship Programme

Also from a large pool of qualified candidates, the following 5 early career psychiatrists (ECP) were selected for the 2017 ECP Scholarship Programme:
  • Yasir Hameed (UK)
  • Anna Rebeka Szczegielniak (Poland)
  • Ekin Sonmez (Turkey)
  • Alexis Lepetit (France)
  • Nuria Isabel Nuñez Morales (Spain)
They will receive waived registration to the 25th European Congress of Psychiatry, travel, hotel, access to one EPA Course, invitations to the Opening Ceremony and ECP Luncheon, as well as one year of EPA membership.

All winners will be invited on stage during the Opening Ceremony of the Congress on 1 April 2017 in Florence.

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EPA leaders invited to represent European psychiatry around the world


16-20 November 2016: Prof. Galderisi attends congress in Antalya, Turkey

The 52nd National Congress of the Psychiatric Association of Turkey (PAT) took place in Antalya from 16 to 20 November 2016. Prof. Silvana Galderisi was invited to attend in her capacity as President Elect of EPA, giving a lecture entitled “Integrated and personalized treatment is needed to achieve recovery in schizophrenia".

In addition, she joined the meeting  of the PAT Executive Committee and illustrated EPA’s plans for developing the relationship between EPA and its NPA members, while PAT EC members described main achievements and challenges of psychiatry in their country. Opportunities were created for informal interaction with PAT members and especially among women colleagues.

Ideas for promoting the involvement of early career psychiatrists from Turkey were also shared and collaborative work on future position statements was planned.

Caption: Prof. Galderisi gives a lecture during the 52nd Congress of the Psychiatric Association of Turkey. Image courtesy of Ea Organizasyon.


8-10 December 2016: Prof. Galderisi attends congress in Wisla, Poland

Again in her capacity as President Elect of the EPA, Prof. Galderisi was invited to attend the 10th International Medforum Psychiatry Congress in Wisla, Poland, from 8 to 10 December 2016. The Congress was organized by the Polish Psychiatric Association (PTP) under the theme “Psychiatry of Old Age”.

Prof. Galderisi gave a lecture entitled "Integrated and personalized treatment for people with schizophrenia: focus on elderly patients." She also attended the official dinner with PTP President Prof. Agata Szulc, PTP President Elect and EPA Board Member Prof. Jerzy Samochoviec and Prof. Przemysław Bieńkowski. On this occasion, possibilities to intensify the already fruitful collaboration between the EPA and the National Psychiatric Association Members were explored.

Caption (above left): Prof. Galderisi and Prof. Samochowiec attend a session at the 10th International Medform Psychiatry Congress.
Caption (below right): Prof. Galderisi speaks during the Congress.
Images courtesy of the Polish Psychiatric Association.


13 December 2016: Prof. Gaebel hosted by the Israel Psychiatric Association in Tel Aviv

The Israel Psychiatric Association hosted Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel in his former role as EPA President for a meeting and lecture in Tel Aviv in the presence of the Director General of the Ministry of Health, over 200 Israeli psychiatrists, a large group of journalists as well as a significant number of representatives of patients and patient family organizations.

Prof. Gaebel discussed European standards and current facilities in psychiatric beds, psychiatric outpatient treatments, length of stay and manpower that constitute an important guidepost for current efforts to boost funding for psychiatry in Israel.

Caption: Prof. Haim Belmaker, President of the Israel Psychiatric Association, together with Prof. Gaebel on a visit to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Image courtesy of the Israel Psychiatric Association.

Register now for EPA 2017 Florence

Reduced rates until 14 March 2017 

You've still got time to benefit from reduced rates!

Register by 14 March and save up to 100€ for EPA 2017 Florence.

For more information about the Congress programme and schedule, please visit the EPA Congress website

Register for the Congress today, and reserve your seat for the EPA Forum

The 3rd annual EPA Forum will take place at the 25th European Congress of Psychiatry on Saturday 1 April 2017 in Florence, Italy. The programme will center around the theme, "Together for Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities", focusing on identifying and bridging the gaps in the organisation of mental health services across Europe.

Visit the EPA 2017 Florence website for complete information about the topics and featured speakers.

Call for Expressions of Interest: European Psychiatry Editor

Applications open until 24 February 2017

EPA is seeking to appoint a new editor for European Psychiatry, the official journal of the European Psychiatric Association

Applications will be reviewed by the current Editors of European Psychiatry and the members of the EPA Board, with final approval by the EPA General Assembly in Florence on 2 April 2017.

For details about the position and application requirements, please consult the Call for Expressions of Interest

News from Brussels


EPA supports a joint call for more action on mental health in Europe

EPA now officially supports the Joint Statement on Mental Health for the EU Health Policy Platform recently published by Mental Health Europe (MHE) and the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI). The Joint Statement calls for action on mental health and specifically on the follow-up of the Joint Action on Mental Health, urging the EU and Member States to increase their efforts so as to fully implement the Joint Action’s resulting Framework for Action as a priority.

The Joint Statement develops recommendations on four specific areas of mental health that need to be addressed: parity of esteem, life-course approach to mental health, mental health in the workplace and improvement of mental health treatment in primary care.

For more information about the Joint Statement, please consult the press release


EPA exchanges good practices for e-Mental Health in Europe

At the latest European Brain Council (EBC) Board meeting on 8 February 2017 in Brussels, high-level scientific experts were invited to contribute their views around the theme of e-Health.

EPA Board Member Prof. Andrea Fiorillo gave a presentation on EPA work and perspectives in the field of e-Mental Health, as a growing area of work for psychiatrists. 

Other guest speakers included Dr. Philippe Cupers, Deputy Head of Unit for Health Strategy at DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Mr. Marc Lange, Secretary General for the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL). 



Public consultation on the preliminary opinion "The need for non-human primates in biomedical research"

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) have just launched a public consultation on the preliminary opinion "The need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices".
EPA encourages all interested stakeholders to take part in the consultations by submitting written comments on the preliminary opinion by 26 March 2017.
More details on the consultations can be accessed on the European Commission website.
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