We will again have six plenary lectures as part of the scientific programme. Our confirmed line-up:
Nutritional psychiatry – where are we going?
Stress and perinatal mental health – from mechanisms to clinical practice
Felice Jacka, Australia
Felice Jacka OAM is Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry and Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). Professor Jacka has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets interact with the risk for mental health problems. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. Professor Jacka is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher (2020), putting her in the top 0.1% of publishing scientists worldwide. She has recently published a book for the general public called ‘Brain Changer’ through Pan Macmillan Australia and Yellow Kite in the UK and EU. Her children’s book – There’s a Zoo in my Poo – was published in July 2020. In 2021 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to Nutritional Psychiatry.
Carmine M. Pariante, United Kingdom
Carmine M. Pariante is Professor of Biological Psychiatry at King’s College London, and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He investigates the role of stress and inflammation in the causes and treatments of mental disorders, both in the laboratory and in clinical studies.
His work focuses on depression and fatigue, with a particular interest in the perinatal period and in subjects with medical disorders. More recently, he has developed an interest in the effects of the arts, social prescribing, and nutritional interventions, on mental health.
He has published more that 400 scientific papers, with a Google Scholar H-Index >100, and has received numerous awards for his research, including the 2012 “Academic Psychiatrist of the Year” Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the 2017 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award, one of the most prestigious international research awards in psychiatry; he is also a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher.
His dream is that new therapeutic tools targeting the stress and inflammatory systems will soon be available to alleviate the suffering of patients with mental health problems.
He appears regularly in international media outlets to discuss mental health issues, and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram as @ParianteLab and on the blog that he edits, www.inspirethemind.org