Renowned experts in the programme

The WPA XVII WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHIATRY is a top event that you can’t afford to miss! From anxiety disorder to obsessive-compulsive disorder, from science to care – over the course of five days the WCP 2017 will gather all the expertise in the field of mental health in one place. Renowned keynote speakers have already agreed to participate.

Dinesh Bhugra 
WPA President, London, UK

Social discrimination and social justice for people with mental illness

Helen Herrman
Co-Chair and WPA President elect, Australia

Psychiatrists as partners for change in global mental health

Fabrizio Benedetti
University of Turin, Italy

Placebos, words and drugs: Sharing common mechanisms of action

Prabha Chandra
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India

Women’s Mental Health and gender sensitive interventions

Sir Michael Meaney
The Douglas Hospital Research Centre, affiliated with McGill University and the Montreal West Island IUHSSC, Canada
Genetic and epigenetic basis of differential susceptibility to adversity

Tine Van Bortel
Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London, UK
Work and mental health: seven actions towards a mentally healthy organisation

Sir Simon Wessely
King’s College, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK
Shell shock – a very British practice

Wolfgang Gaebel
LVR-Klinikum, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany

New trends in the classification of mental disorders – DSM-5, ICD-11 and beyond

Stephen Scott
King’s College London, UK

Attachment after infancy: Does it still matter?

Edilma Yearwood
School of Nursing & Health Studies,  Georgetown University, USA

Future of Nursing: An underutilized global force to address and promote mental health (Lecture held together with Vicki Hines-Martin, UofL School of Nursing Health Sciences Campus, Louisville, USA)

Andreas Heinz
Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany

Psychopathology – Traditions and perspectives

Linda C. W. Lam
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Life styles, mood and cognition in old age

Jair de Jesus Mari
Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil

Violence in large urban centres around the globe

Driss Moussaoui
Honorary Fellow, World Psychiatric Association, Morocco

Accelerated globalisation and mental health

Anand Satyanand
Former Governor General of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

Human rights for people with mental illness

Miia Männikkö
EUFAMI Finland

Caring for your mentally ill loved ones, advocating carers rights and taking care of your own wellbeing – a difficult balance

Martin Bohus
Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, Germany

Cross-Cultural Values, Social Identity and Resilience: How to cope with mental challenges of migration.

Frank Schneider
University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany

Psychiatry in National Socialism: Remembrance and responsibility

Sir Michael Marmot
UCL Institute of Health Equity, London, UK

The health gap: The challenge of an unequal world

Peter Lehmann
BOP&P e. V., Germany

Responding to the catastrophic reduction of life expectancy among psychiatric patients

Hilkka Kärkkäinen

Breaking the silence: Sexual health impact on mental well-being

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Scientific Secretariat

Julie Holzhausen

DGPPN Head Office Berlin


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