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EPA Minds Online
N°3/2015

 

CONTENTS

 
* See you at EPA 2015 Vienna!
* 6 new guidance papers
* Ketamine position statement
* ECSR 2015: Save the date

UPCOMING EVENTS

* 22-25 March 2015 (Tokyo)
6th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health
*  28-31 March 2015 (Vienna)
EPA 2015
*  9-11 April 2015 (Florence)
Practical course on Phenomenological Psychotherapy
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See you in Vienna!

23rd European Congress of Psychiatry
28-31 March 2015

There is still time to register for the 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry, taking place 28-31 March in Vienna, Austria. Register by end of day today, 18 March, to take advantage of reduced registration fees!

EPA 2015 Vienna will facilitate learning, discussion and exchange among psychiatrists in Europe and around the globe.

Guided by the motto "Excellence in Psychiatry across Europe: Practice, Education, Research,” EPA 2015 aims to showcase the top research and developments in European psychiatry, while providing many opportunities for networking.

6 New Guidance Papers

Now available on www.europsy-journal.com


EPA has just released 6 new guidance papers in its official journal, European Psychiatry (Vol. 30, Issue 3, March 2015).

The issue opens with an article entitled The relevance of EPA guidance papers in the framework of the European Psychiatric Association, written by R. Heun and W. Gaebel, for the EPA Guidance Committee. The 6 new Guidance Papers are:
  • EPA guidance on quality assurance in mental healthcare
  • EPA guidance on the early intervention in clinical high risk states of psychoses
  • EPA guidance on the early detection of clinical high risk states of psychoses
  • EPA guidance on the role and responsibilities of psychiatrists
  • EPA guidance on how to improve the image of psychiatry and of the psychiatrist
  • EPA guidance on cultural competence training
Congratulations to the EPA Guidance Committee and all authors for this achievement!

To consult author information and view EPA's other Guidance Papers, please visit the EPA website.

EPA Position Statement

Ketamine in psychiatric treatment and research


The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), 58th Session, was asked to review a proposal to place ketamine in Schedule I of the 1971 Convention (E/CN.7/2015/7 and E/CN.7/2015/8).

A wide range of national and international civil society organisations, including medical associations, have voiced concern about the proposal and endorsed the Fact Sheet on the Proposal to Discuss International Scheduling of Ketamine at the 58th CND.

To support the fact sheet and raise awareness, EPA wrote the EPA Position Statement on Ketamine in Psychiatric treatment and research.

The CND has decided to postpone its decision on scheduling ketamine to a future date to allow more information to be gathered.

Save the Date: ECSR 2015

24 -26 September 2015, Berlin

The European Conference on Schizophrenia Research (ECSR) will take place in Berlin from 24-26 September, under the patronage of EPA.

It is a biennial scientific conference dealing with recent developments in schizophrenia research as well as with challenges in clinical settings. The scientific programme comprises symposia, debates, workshops, oral presentations, and posters on basic and translational topics as well as on a broad range of clinical issues relevant to improve treatment and care.

The ECSR 2015 will be held under the motto “Bridging Gaps – Improving Outcomes”. The conference will be an ideal forum to present one's own research and socialize with colleagues. The active contribution of (basic, clinical, health service) researchers, clinicians and therapists to the scientific programme is most welcome.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be accepted until 14 April. For more information please visit: http://www.schizophrenianet.eu.
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