Networks Board and Taskforce
Each ECNP Network is led by a Chair and a Co-chair. Chairs and Co-chairs of Networks and thematic working groups (TWGs) form the Networks Taskforce, which reports to the Networks Board and meets twice a year. The Networks Board guides the ECNP Networks.
||Chair: Martien Kas, the Netherlands
Prof. dr. Martien Kas is President-elect of ECNP and professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is a neurobiologist with interest in translational neuroscience research. His research focuses on determinants of behaviour, especially of behavioural strategies and of biological processes that are essential across species and that are affected in various neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., social interaction and sensory information processing). By means of cross-species genetic analysis of neurobehavioural traits (of mice and men), he aims to identify genotype-phenotype relationships relevant to the development and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. These studies will lead to our understanding of conserved gene function in regulating essential behavioural strategies and will ultimately improve therapeutic and preventive strategies to contribute to healthy aging.
Co-chair: Nic van der Wee
Nic van der Wee is a full professor of Psychiatry, in particular Biological Psychiatry, at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). He combines clinical, research and educational activities. The research of his group encompasses the neurobiology, phenomenology, and treatment of affective and stress and trauma related disorders across the life-span, with a preference for multidisciplinary and translational approaches and with a special interest in resilience and vulnerability. He is member of the management teams of the LUMC research profile area Translational Neuroscience (LCTN) and the interfaculty Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC). He has authored or co-authored > 200 scientific articles and book chapters and supervised more than 15 PhD projects. He is involved in national and international research networks, including ENIGMA, and several EU projects. He believes that collaborative research is key to foster European psychiatry.
ADHD across the Lifespan
Chair: Barbara Franke, The Netherlands
Barbara Franke is full Professor of Molecular Psychiatry based at the Human Genetics and Psychiatry departments of the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc, Radboud University, Nijmegen). She is also Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. At Radboudumc, she chairs the Division of Genome Research and the Radboud Research Theme Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), and of Academia Europaea. Her research is focused on understanding the genetic contribution to neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders, especially ADHD and its comorbidities. Beyond gene-finding, her group uses complementary approaches (bioinformatics, iPSC-derived neurons, small animal models, neuroimaging genetics) to map biological pathways from gene to disease. She has obtained prestigious grants, including a prestigious personal Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and several EU consortium grants. She coordinates the EU-FP7 Aggressotype consortium on aggression and the EU-H2020 European Training Network MiND on autism-comorbidity in ADHD; she also leads work packages in the EU-funded consortia CoCA and Eat2beNICE and is a member of the IMI2 consortium PRISM. She founded and coordinates the International Multicentre persistent ADHD Collaboration (IMpACT) and the ECNP Network ‘ADHD across the Lifespan’, is a co-founder of the neuroimaging genetics consortium ENIGMA, and leads ENIGMA’s ADHD Working Group and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium’s ADHD Working Group. In 2018, she was elected to become a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG).
Co-chair: Andreas Reif, Germany
Prof. Andreas Reif is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of the University Hospital Frankfurt. His clinical and research interest encompass mood disorders, especially treatment-resistant depression, suicidality and bipolar disorder, as well as adult ADHD. For these entities, he set up specialized clinical programs along with corresponding research groups utilizing a broad range of methods from genetics, molecular biology, animal behavior up to human experimental medicine and neuroimaging following the mission of translational research in psychiatry. The ultimate goal is to provide means – be it biomarkers or disease subtypes – to provide the optimal treatment for the right patient at the right time. He is involved in highly productive research networks such as IMpACT, ConLiGen, CoCA, ENIGMA, the PGC and BipoLife underscoring his firm believe in collaborative science and the European idea.
Anxiety Disorders (ADRN)
Chair: Katharina Domschke, Germany
Katharina Domschke, MA, MD, PhD, is Full Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Freiburg, Germany. Her clinical and teaching focus is on anxiety disorders, depression, OCD and PTSD. Scientifically, Prof. Domschke is a renowned expert in genetics, epigenetics, imaging genetics and pharmacogenetics of anxiety, anxiety disorders and depression.
Co-chair: Simon Davies, United Kingdom/Canada
Simon Davies is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/University of Toronto, Canada and an ongoing faculty member at University of Bristol, United Kingdom. He is interested in anxiety disorders in adults of all ages, and other common mental illnesses which affect the elderly, including depression and the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. His research training combined both biological and epidemiological approaches. As such, he has a Doctorate degree from Oxford University in Clinical Pharmacology relating to panic disorder, a Master’s Degree in Affective Neuroscience from the Universities of Maastricht and Florence and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He publishes on psychopharmacological, biological and epidemiological aspects of the above psychiatric disorders and their treatments. He has authored/co-authored over 90 scientific articles and book chapters. He is a strong advocate of pan-European and cross-national collaborative research, and has been a member of ECNP’s Anxiety Disorders Research Network since its inception in 2008.
Bipolar Disorders (ENBREC)
Chair: Ole Andreassen, Norway
Ole Andreassen is Professor in psychiatry at the University of Oslo, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, and attending psychiatrist, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. He did his PhD in psychopharmacology at University of Bergen and his post doc training in neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School where he investigated mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He did his psychiatry residency at Oslo University Hospital, and is now the Director of Norwegian Centre for Mental Disease Research (NORMENT), a KG Jebsen Centre, one of the largest mental health research groups in Scandinavia. The centre has a translational research approach and apply clinical and neurocognitive, brain imaging phenotypes and molecular genetics tools to identify causes and underlying pathophysiology of severe mental disorders, focusing on bipolar disorder. Prof. Andreassen build his research on the Nordic advantages, such as public health care system, large biobanks, health registries and homogenous population, and has recently developed a biostatistical program to improve analysis of the ever constantly increasing research data.
Co-chair: Mirko Manchia, Italy
Dr. Mirko Manchia is currently a tenured assistant professor of Psychiatry at the Section of Psychiatry of the Department of Medical Sciences, University of Cagliari, Italy and is Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. After his medical degree, he trained in clinical pharmacology (clinical residency), neuroscience (PhD), and psychiatry (clinical residency). Further, he completed a four-year clinical research fellowship in Mood Disorders at the Department of Psychiatry of Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. Martin Alda from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Manchia has developed his research interest on the study of clinical and neurobiological aspects of bipolar disorder, with a specific focus on genetics of lithium response and suicidal behavior. He serves in the editorial board of several international journals, is a founding member of the Consortium on Lithium Genetics (ConLiGen), and is part of the International Group for the Study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLi), and of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Bipolar Disorders and Resilience TWG. Further, he has received awards from the Italian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP), the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP), the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), the Italian Society of Psychiatry and the prestigious Travel Award of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He has authored more than 100 papers on bipolar disorder and related phenotypes in international peer-reviewed journals.
Co-chair: Eva Reininghaus, Austria
Prof. Eva Reininghaus is head of department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic Medicine at the Medical University of Graz in Austria. After her medical degree, she did her clinical residency in Psychiatry as well as her doctorate in Medical Sciences in Graz. Further, she completed her master of business administration (MBA) in hospital management at the Danube University in Krems, Austria. Research fellowships were at the University of Toronto in 2011 as well as at the LMU Munich in 2013/2014. Prof. Reininghaus has developed her research interest on the study of clinical and neurobiological aspects of bipolar disorder, with a specific focus on somatic comorbidities and neuroinflammation. At the Medical University of Graz, she built up a clinical special outpatient center for bipolar disorder as well as the research unit "Neurobiology and anthropometrics of bipolar disorder". Since 2019 she is vice-dean of study affairs and is known for her outstanding efforts to involve young people in clinical psychiatry and research in the context of mood disorders. She is member of the Consortium on Lithium Genetics (ConLiGen), the psychiatric genetics consortium (PGC), of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Bipolar Disorders and guest member of the International Group for the Study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLi). She has authored more than 80 papers on mood disorders and related phenotypes in international peer-reviewed journals.
Child and Adolescent Neuropsychopharmacology
Chair: Carmen Moreno, Spain
Dr. Carmen Moreno (MD, PhD) is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist at the Hospital Gregorio Marañón in Madrid and Associate Professor of the Gregorio Marañón Psychiatry Department and Complutense University School of Medicine, Madrid, Spain. Dr. Moreno completed her MD and PhD degrees at Autónoma University and Complutense University in Madrid, followed by a Research Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York Psychiatric Institute, New York, USA. Dr. Moreno has been focusing her career on severe early-onset psychiatric disorders, mainly psychotic and affective disorders, and autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is actively involved on multinational research projects exploring key biological aspects of first-episode psychotic disorders, including multimodal neuroimaging, intermediate mechanisms such as inflammation and oxidative stress, and metabolomics. Her efforts are also focused on exploring secondary effects of psychopharmacological interventions and towards development of new treatment interventions in young patients. Dr. Moreno is actively involved on the development of clinical psychopharmacology in children and adolescents. She has served as consultant for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is currently serving as Co-chair of the ECNP Adolescent Child and Adolescent Neuropsychopharmacology Network, and the ECAPN, integrated in the EmprEMA. She has previously served in the ECNP Membership Committee. Dr. Moreno has published several peer-reviewed original publications and book chapters and she has presented numerous scientific communications. She has participated in more than 25 research projects, including 7 with European Union funds. She has been awarded the ECNP Research Fellowship Award, and the Awards for Young Scientists and Senior Scientists of the Spanish Association of Biological Psychiatry.
Co-chair: Diane Ouakil-Purper, France
Digital Health Applied to the Clinical Research of Brain Disorders
Chair: Ulrich Ebner-Priemer, Germany
Professor Dr Ulrich Ebner-Priemer is full professor and the head of the mental mHealth Lab at KIT, a leading institution on mHealth approaches for mental disorders. His work is characterized by a methodological focus on Ambulatory Assessment (also called mHealth, Ecological Momentary Assessment, or Experience Sampling Method). Phenomena of mental health are studied in everyday life (real-life) in real-time using psychophysiological methods (objective) and time-sensitive analysis (dynamics). He focuses on a) a multimodal operationalization of phenomena of mental health in everyday life using subjective self-reports (e-diaries), peripheral physiological signals (e.g. ECG, EDA), and behavioural (accelerometry, GPS) signals and mobile sensing; b) real-time analysis of psychophysiological parameters to trigger electronic diary assessments (e.g., activity triggered diaries; GPStriggered diaries) or feedback; c) analysis of dynamical processes (affective instability); and d) real-time interventions in daily life. Our unique expertise is on energy-efficient real-time interfaces to enable automated real-time data analysis and feedback. Currently, Prof. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer’s lab provides the mobile technological framework for several multicenter trials: H2020 CoCA and H2020 Eat2beNICE (ADHD), TRR 256 (alcoholism), BipoLife (Bipolar disorder), Release (PTSD), etc. Prof. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer published more than 80 papers on mHealth, including outlets like Nature Neuroscience, Lancet Psychiatry, or Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. He was president of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment (2012-2017) and is currently the chair of the ECNP network “Digital Health applied to the clinical research of brain disorders”.
Co-chair: Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Denmark
Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, MD, Dr. Med. Sc. and senior researcher has been associated with the Copenhagen Affective Disorder Research Center (CADIC), Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark since 2006. Her scientific focus has during the entire research career been on measures of illness activity in mental illness. Since 2008 with a main scientific focus on objective measures of illness activity in patients with Bipolar Disorder and since 2009 with the use of smartphones as an electronic biomarker of illness activity and treatment intervention in these patients.
Maria Faurholt-Jepsen is internationally one of the few researchers in front within the area of electronic monitoring in mental illness and was the first, in several randomized controlled trials and observational studies, to investigate smartphone-based monitoring as a marker of illness activity and diagnosis and as a treatment intervention in patients with Bipolar Disorder (the MONARCA I trial, the MONARCA II trial, the RADMIS trial, the BIO study, the NYMPHA-MD study and the Smart Bipolar trial). Maria Faurholt-Jepsen received the Samuel Gershon Investigator Award, ISBD in 2020 for her original research publication. She has published several peer-reviewed original publications and has presented numerous scientific communications.
Down Syndrome and Other Genetic Development Disorders (DSG2D)
Chair: Marie-Claude Potier, France
Dr. Marie-Claude Potier (PharmD, PhD), is director of research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, co-leader of the team “Alzheimer’s disease & prions diseases” at Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (www.icm-institute.org), at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, one of the leading European institute in Neuroscience where research on neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Down syndrome (DS) and Parkinson’s (PD), preclinical and clinical research is mainstream. She has been working on DS for the past 25 years. She started on genomics and genetics projects and is currently developing pharmacological treatments for increasing cognition in DS and studying early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in individuals with DS. She developed mouse and cellular models to study the mechanisms leading to changes in the endo-lysosomal pathway involved in amyloid pathology. She also works on translational research programs with clinicians on-site studying cohorts of patients with AD, mild cognitive impairment or asymptomatic. Beside she has developed a microfluidic platform for studying the transcriptome of single cells and producing microfluidic devices for neuronal cultures.
Co-chair: Mara Dierssen, Spain
Prof. Mara Dierssen (MD, PhD), heads the Cellular and Systems Neurobiology group of the Systems Biology program at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. She has been working on Down syndrome (DS) and Alzheimer’s disease for the past 25 years. The overall goal of Prof. Dierssen research is understanding how genetic perturbation leads to molecular and cellular alterations and cognitive deficits. Her research has strongly contributed to find new clinically-effective treatments for cognitive disorders, especially Down syndrome for which she also works on translational research programs with clinicians.
Chair: Gerry Dawson, United Kingdom
Gerry Dawson has co-chaired the Network since 2013 with the aim of establishing a European wide consortium of academic centres to develop, validate and maintain state of the art human experimental medicine models to support the discovery and development of new drug treatments in psychiatry. The Network is now firmly established and in 2016 was instrumental in bringing together the successful application to the IMI that resulted in the Psychiatric Ratings using Intermediate Stratified Markers (PRISM) consortium. With Anke Post (Roche), he leads the work package of the project that is responsible for the conduct of the clinical trial that is at the heart of the consortium to study the biological underpinnings of social withdrawal in Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. More recently, he worked closely with Stephane Pollentier to form the Reward Task Optimisation Consortium (RTOC). RTOC is collectively funded by five pharma companies and brings together two SMEs with four academic members of the Network to optimise a range of tasks that provide objective, quantifiable assessments of anhedonia.
Chair: Marion Leboyer, France
Marion Leboyer M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Paris Est (UPEC) in Créteil, France. She is head of the University-affiliated department of Psychiatry (Hôpitaux Universitaires Mondor, Assistance-Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris). She also runs the laboratory “Translational Psychiatry”, which is part of Mondor Institute (Inserm U955). Since 2007, she is the executive director of a non profit foundation, “Fondation FondaMental” created by the French Ministry of Research. Dr. Leboyer has authored or co-authored 480 peer-reviewed international publications on autism spectrum disorder and major affective and psychotic disorder. Her research efforts contributed to a better identification of genetic and environmental risk factors associated with major psychiatric disorders towards better understanding of causal mechanisms. In particular, she has contributed to the identification of mutations of genes implicated in synaptogenesis in autism, associations of genetic vulnerability factors in bipolar disorders, discovery of immune dysfunctions, environmental risk factors as well as brain imaging abnormalities. Her goal is to develop diagnostic tools to better identify homogenous subgroups of psychiatric disorders paving the way to mechanisms-based treatments. Within the expert center networks centers created and coordinated by Fondation FondaMental, several cohorts of patients have been followed allowing for the construction of shared observational databases and biobanks. These networks have enabled multiple collaborations within different national and international research programs. Dr Leboyer is the principal investigator of several international and national research projects funded by the National Research Agency and by the French Ministry of Health including immune signatures (using biomarkers, immune-genetic, brain imaging data), and clinical trials of immune-modulatory treatment. She has authored or co-authored more than 470 original and international papers and review articles since 1984 (H Factor: 73, Nb of citations: 21718), she is editor of 8 books and partner of 2 patents.
Co-Chair: Michael E. Benros, Denmark
Michael E. Benros, MD, PhD is a clinician and head of research on Biological and Precision Psychiatry at the Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital. He got his medical degree and PhD at Aarhus University and conducted his psychiatric and neurological residencies at the Copenhagen University Hospitals. He is recognized internationally for his ongoing involvement in clinical and epidemiological research into mental health, being at the forefront of the emerging field of ImmunoPsychiatry and has helped advancing the field through several landmark papers highlighting the association between immune-related factors and mental illness utilizing Danish nationwide registers and biobanks. His group’s meta-analysis has amongst other highlighted the potential treatment effects of immune modulating drugs for depression and psychotic disorders. He now leads a sizable effort to disentangle the role of the immune system in the development of severe mental disorders, combining immune exposures from the nationwide Danish registers, with immunogenetic investigations, and novel research on cerebrospinal fluid and blood obtained from biobank and clinical studies of patients with psychotic and affective disorders also utilizing omics and systems biology approaches. Furthermore, he is heading the Precision Psychiatry Initiative aiming at paving the way for more precise diagnostics and new treatment targets. He is a board member of the Psychiatric Immunology Section of the World Psychiatric Association and of the ECNP. He has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Sapere Aude Research Leader award from the Independent Research Fond Denmark.
iPSCs Platform for Neuropsychiatry (TWG)
Chair: Edna Grünblatt, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Edna Grünblatt is the head of the Translational Molecular Psychiatry research of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her main research focus on neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, ASD, psychosis and early onset OCD. She has established research both at the pre-clinical as well as at the basic molecular neuroscience, integrating both fields in a translational manner. The techniques used include molecular genetics, epigenetic, psychopharmacology, neuronal cellular models and biochemical measures. The goal of her research is to elucidate the etiopathology of neurodevelopmental disorders discovering biomarkers for early diagnosis and precision personalised medicine, predicting treatment response and outcomes. Currently, her research group has established patient specific iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cell) neuronal modelling to enable personalized medicine, via studies of the neuronal/molecular alterations in a dish of the disorders. This will provide a non-invasive approach to investigate etiopathology of neurodevelopmental disorders as well as test drug therapy effects.
Chair: Nikolaos Koutsouleris, Germany
Prof. Nikolaos Koutsouleris is co-chairing the ECNP Neuroimaging Network since 2017 with the aim to establish a multi-modal transdiagnostic MRI database across the members of the Network. For over 10 years, Nikolaos has developed computational tools to mine MRI, clinical and neuropsychological data to establish a quantitative individualized ascertainment of risk for poor psychiatric outcomes in vulnerable patient populations. Combining these tools with the ECNP Neuroimaging database and making both available to the European psychiatric research offer the potential to collaboratively develop and validate tools for better prognostic, diagnostic, and theranostic applications, allowing for normative modelling and subtyping approaches to resolve the heterogeneity and foster the personalized management of psychiatric disorders.
Co-chair: Paolo Brambilla, Italy
Paolo Brambilla is Medical Doctor, Specialist in Psychiatry, Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology and Neurophysiology, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Tenured position) at the University of Milan, Milan, Italy, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UTHouston, USA, Director of the Psychiatric Clinic at Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan, Italy, Chair of the EPA Neuroimaging Section, Co-Chair of the ECNP Neuroimaging Network, Associate Editor of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, and CoEditor in Chief of Journal of Affective Disorders. He is the recipient of several international scientific honors, of national and international grants, and is author or co-author of more than 250 original papers published in International peer-reviewed Journals, being first or senior author in more than half of these papers. According to Web of Science, he is amongst the top 100 most cited researchers in the field of bipolar disorder and is the 35th most cited researcher in the field of ‘Neurosciences & Psychology’ of the ‘Top Italian scientists”, based on via-academy. His current lifetime h-index is 51 as calculated by Scopus, 60 by Google Scholar, 54 by ResearchGate. He also bears the Italian National habilitations for Full Professor of Psychiatry and for Full Professor in Child and Adolescent NeuroPsychiatry. Currently, Dr. Brambilla is leading longitudinal imaging studies coupled with neurocognitive, genetic and immunological investigations in major psychoses, mood disorders and developmental psychopathology.
Chair: Roger Adan, The Netherlands
Roger Adan is Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at the University Medical Center Utrecht at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His research concerns unraveling the neural circuits that underlie behaviors relevant to psychiatry with a focus on eating disorders.
Co-chair: Suzanne Dickson, Sweden
Suzanne L. Dickson is Professor of Neuroendocrinology at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Within the Nutrition Network, she is promoting activities that foster new collaborations across disciplines with a view to establishing new European-wide activities related to nutrition and brain health. Her research concerns the neurobiology of food intake, with much emphasis on the role of circulating hormones in steering relevant behaviours.
Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRN)
Chair: José Manuel Menchón, Spain
Jose M. Menchon is clinical psychiatrist, professor of Psychiatry at the University of Barcelona, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Bellvitge University Hospital, Group Leader of the Psychiatry and Mental Health group at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and Head of Research Group at the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERSAM, the official mental health research network in Spain). His research is mainly focused on obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and mood disorders, from a clinical and translational perspective, particularly on treatment outcomes, risk factors and neuroimaging. He is an active member of the main national psychiatric societies, currently being the chair of the Spanish Foundation of Psychiatry and Mental Health, international societies, such as the International College of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (ICOCS) (in which he has been former chair and is currently an Associate Director) and participates in several international consortia such as the ENIGMA.
Co-chair: Dick Veltman, The Netherlands
Physical And meNtal Health – PAN-Health (TWG)
Chair: Marco Solmi, Canada
Marco Solmi is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Ottawa, Canada, Psychiatrist working at The Ottawa Hospital, Investigator at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and visiting academic at University of Southampton, and King's College, IoPPN, Psychosis Department, London, UK. His main area of interest is evidence-based psychiatry, leveraging both meta-research techniques and national databases to answer clinically relevant questions. Clinically, he is most interested in prevention/early interventions for mental disorders, psychopharmacology, and physical health in those with mental disorders. He has experience in coordinating large international project, as co-PI of the Collaborative Outcomes study on Health and Functioning during Infection Times (COH-FIT), an online survey translated in 30 languages involving over 230 researchers from over 130 countries measuring functioning and physical and mental health in the general population during COVID-19 pandemic. Starting his academic activity in 2014, by 2021 he has (co-) authored over 270 research publications.
Preclinical Data Forum
Chair: Anton Bespalov, Germany
Anton Bespalov is managing partner at PAASP (Partnership for Assessment and Accreditation of Scientific Practice) and a managing director / CSO at EXCIVA in Heidelberg, Germany. He obtained his MD degree from Pavlov Medical University (St. Petersburg) and after completion of PhD studies in St. Petersburg and Utrecht held NIH-supported Fellowships at Medical College of Virginia (Richmond, VA) and Scripps Institute (La Jolla, CA). After habilitation (DMedSci) in 2000, Anton acted as a research director of Valdman Institute of Pharmacology. In 2004, Anton joined Abbott (later AbbVie) but maintained close connections to Pavlov Medical University where he is a professor at the Institute of Pharmacology and chaired the University’s Scientific Advisory Board. During his tenure at Abbott / AbbVie as head of pharmacology department, Anton and his teams have brought several compounds into preclinical and clinical development, supported licensing and due diligence decisions. Anton has established and managed research contracts and collaborations with 100+ biotech companies, CROs and academic labs around the world and founded and led several international initiatives on preclinical data quality.
Co-chair: Thomas Steckler, Belgium
Thomas Steckler is Associate Director at Janssen R&D, Bioresearch Quality & Compliance, Animal Welfare Strategy Lead. His expertise and fields of interest are drug development, psychopharmacology, quality, animal care & use, and animal models.
Chair: Oliver Howes, UK
Oliver Howes is Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London and Programme Leader at the MRC London Institute of Medicine, Imperial College, London. His clinical work is as Consultant Psychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital, where he runs a service for people with psychoses.
His research interests centre on the causes and treatment of affective and psychotic disorders. His recent work has focussed on understanding the role of dopamine and neuroinflammation in the development of psychosis, the effects of antipsychotic drugs, & the causes of cognitive impairments. This work has been recognised through a number of awards including the Royal College of Psychiatrists Researcher of the Year Award (2017), Schizophrenia International Research Society Rising Star Award 2013, European Psychiatric Association Biological Psychiatry Prize (2012), the Royal Society of Medicine Psychiatry Prize (2010), and the British Association of Psychopharmacology Clinical Psychopharmacology Prize (2007). In 2019 Web of Science named him as one of the most influential researchers in the world based on high impact papers over the last decade. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020.
During the COVID19 lockdown he was awarded a prize for running downhill the most times in one month. Other career highlights include working as a junior potato scrubber on a farm. He spends his spare time trying to find the world’s best ice-cream.
Co-chair: Armida Mucci, Italy
Armida Mucci is Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Naples, Italy, Director of the School of Specialization in Psychiatry of the same University and Head of the Psychotherapy Unit of the University Hospital.
She is Co-Chair of the WPA Psychoneurobiology Section; Past-President of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society and Secretary of the EPA Schizophrenia Section.
Her main research interests include the electrophysiological, brain imaging and functional correlates of negative symptoms and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia.
Chair: Judit Balazs, Hungary
Judit Balazs, MD, PhD, is a child- and adolescent psychiatrist and Psychiatrist. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology of Institute Psychology Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary; the head and tutor of the Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the Doctoral Schools of Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest; tutor of the Semmelweis University, Budapest. Her main interests are adolescent suicide prevention, ADHD and subthreshold mental disorders, quality of life. She is the first author of several peer-reviewed papers and the editor of a text-book on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, published both in Hungarian and in English. She was the Hungarian partner Principal Investigator of three EU sponsored collaborative projects and several local projects on youth mental health. She is the president-elect of the Hungarian Psychiatric Association (president from January 2020) and the chair of the Child Psychiatry Section of the European Psychiatric Association.
Co-chair: Marcus Sokolowski, Sweden
Marcus Sokolowski, PhD, is Associate Professor in Genetics and Public Health Sciences, affiliated with the Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health at the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (NASP), at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm, Sweden. His current main area of work is in the field of genetics of suicidal behaviors.
Chair: Iryna Frankova, Ukraine
Iryna Frankova, M.D., PhD, is clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of Bogomolets National Medical University (BNMU), Kyiv, Ukraine. She combines clinical, research and educational activities. Her PhD was focused on the childhood trauma as a predictor of prolonged social withdrawal. Currently, Dr. Frankova’s research focuses mainly on a gender aspect of PTSD prevention and early interventions after exposure to acute stress. The field of her interest includes as well mental health issues of forcibly displaced persons and military personnel. Dr. Frankova is a recipient of EFPT Porto Research Award. She is a co-founder and former Co-Chair of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) Psychiatry Across Borders (PAB) Working Group. In 2018 she was a co-director of Advanced Research Workshop "Risk Management of Terrorism Induced Stress - Guidelines for the Golden Hours (Who, What and When)" (Odesa, Ukraine), supported by NATO Science for Peace Programme.
Co-Chair: Lior Carmi, Israel
Lior Carmi is a Neuro-Psychologist, Ph.D., at Tel Aviv University, and an academic lab manager at Sheba hospital, Israel. Dr. Carmi has vast experience in electrophysiological and neurocognitive aspects of PTSD and leads studies of non-invasive neuromodulation in PTSD and early interventions following traumatic events. Dr. Carmi is an academic laboratory manager in Sheba Medical Center and leads worldwide studies in neuromodulation, imaging, and endophenotype of PTSD. Recently, Dr. Carmi leads the field of digital monitoring of psychiatric disorders and lead pioneer studies of digital phenotype in depression, addiction, and PTSD.
Prevention of Mental Disorders and Mental Health Promotion
Chair: Paolo Fusar-Poli, United Kingdom/Italy
Prof. Dr. Paolo Fusar-Poli, MD, PhD, Reader in Psychiatry & Youth Mental Health at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s college of London (UK) and Associate professor of Psychiatry at the Brain and Behavioral Sciences Department, University of Pavia (Italy), has more than 10 years of experience in the prevention of psychosis, leading one of the oldest and largest clinical services of this type in Europe (OASIS). His lab is currently investigating Precision Medicine and Clinical Prediction strategies that are based on Evidence Based Medicine, in combination with experimental psychopharmacological treatments for the prevention of mental disorders, such as intranasal oxytocin, phosphodiesterase inhibitors and cannabinoids. He has long-standing expertise in managing research networks: he is coordinating the PSYSCAN and HARMONY international research networks for patients at risk of psychosis. Since 2015, he has been listed every year by Thomson Reuters as one of the 100 “most influential scientific minds” and “top 1% highly cited scientists in the area of psychiatry”.
Co-chair: Celso Arango, Spain
Celso Arango, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Professor of Psychiatry at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Full Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is also Director of the Institute of Psychiatry and Mental Health at Hospital Gregorio Marañon and Chair of the Child and Adolescent Department at the same institution. Dr Arango was the Scientific Director of the Spanish Psychiatric Research Network with 25 centres and more than 400 researchers from 2008 through 2016. He has written more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, 8 books, and more than 44 book chapters. Many of his articles and book chapters have focused on the neurobiology of early-onset and first-episode psychosis as well as the safety of psychiatric medications in paediatric patients. In addition, his group has shown how patients with a first psychotic episode experience greater losses of grey matter than expected and found a correlation of grey matter loss with antioxidant status. He is conducting clinical trials with a focus on primary and secondary prevention (e.g. reducing bullying in schools or use of NAC in first episode early onset psychosis). Dr. Arango has participated in more than 73 competitively funded research projects, as Principal Investigator in 55 of them. His research projects have been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, NIMH, NARSAD, Stanley Foundation, Fundación Alicia Koplowitz, Caja Navarra, and Department of Health in the State of Madrid, and he is currently participating in eight EU projects funded by the VII Framework and H2020. Furthermore, in 2008 Dr Arango was awarded the Spanish Ministry of Health Medal of Honour, the “Cruz de la Orden Civil de Sanidad”. He is a member of the European Brain Council Board (the European Commission's advisory council), and has been President of the Ministry of Health, Social Services, and Equality’s National Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Commission since 2014. In 2016, Dr Arango was designated President Elect of the Spanish Society of Psychiatry (SEP). He was President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) from 2016 to 2019.
Chair: Christiaan Vinkers, the Netherlands
Christiaan Vinkers is an Associate Professor at the Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands. As a psychiatrist and a neuroscientist, his overall research objective is to investigate the neurobiological background of stress resilience and vulnerability including (epi)genetic, neuroendocrine, and brain circuitry factors. He has obtained degrees in Pharmacy, Medicine and Law. His preclinical research (PhD training) concerned the genetic and molecular basis of stress reactivity using pharmacological, genetic and molecular techniques. During his Pharmacy study, subsequent PhD training, and Medicine study, he saw a great unmet need for effective treatment in psychiatry, convincing him to become a psychiatrist. In daily practice, he diagnoses and treats patients with psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder) which directly links his fundamental research activities to a clinical setting. He is co-founder of The Young Psychiatrist, the Dutch Stress Consortium STRESS-NL, and initiator of a website with information on antidepressants for the Dutch general public.
Pharmacogenomics and Transcriptomics
Chair: Bernhard Baune, Germany
Prof. Bernhard Baune (PhD, MD, MPH, FRANZCP) is the Director of the University Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Münster, Germany. Prof. Baune has been the Cato Chair and Head of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, Australia prior to being awarded the Director position at the University of Münster. Prof. Baune is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (FRANZCP), he is a Professorial Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and also at the Florey Mental Health Theme at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Prof. Baune is known for his extensive research program into personalised psychiatry, molecular psychiatry, prediction and biomarker research and treatment response research as well as for key research achievements in the field of immune-neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. Prof. Baune’s translational work at the University of Münster aims to make real-world differences to clinical practice by integrating neurobiological and clinical information, by personalising clinical trials and treatments and by targeting the mechanisms of functional recovery. Other related work includes the leadership of an international consortium on the genomics of severe depression and response to ECT in affective disorders (GenECT-ic) and he leads an international study on the genomics of cognitive function in depression. His research is nationally and internationally funded and he has published more than 480 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters, and edited several text books in Psychiatry, and most recently the books “Personalised Psychiatry” and “Inflammation and Immunity of Depression” (March 2019).
Co-chair: Alessandra Minelli, Italy
Dr Alessandra Minelli, is assistant professor in psychobiology at the University of Brescia in Italy. The overall goal of Dr. Minelli is the identification of clinical and biological predictors associated with the development of major depressive disorders (MDD) and to the efficacy of relative treatments, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological. Her research has strongly contributed to define clinical outcomes in pharmacogenomics and transcriptomics studies on antidepressant treatment, clinical and genetic markers related to unfavorable treatment outcome focusing on treatment resistant depression (TRD), biological dysregulation associated to childhood trauma as well as clinical and biological markers associated to electroconvulsive therapy in TRD patients.
Chair: Stefano Pallanti, USA
Stefano Pallanti is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Florence, Director of the Institute for Neurosciences in Italy, creating and chairing a TMS Clinical service for "Treatment Resistant" patients, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology (Adult)), at Stanford University Medical Center, CA, USA, where he works as TMS Consultant, Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London, UK, Visiting Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY and Adjunct Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA, where he served as the Founder and Director of the Strategic Center of Excellence for OCD, Impulsive and Behavioural Addiction. He has been founder, member and board of Director of the Clinical TMS Society (USA); Executive Committee Member of ECNP, Fellow and member of the American Psychiatric Association for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, for its Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) and for the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Spectrum Workgroup for the DSM-5.0; Board of directors of the International College for Obsessive-Compulsive Syndromes (ICOCS) and an Associate Director of the European Certificate, International Master Course in Affective Neuroscience. His current collaborative research projects are treatment-resistant OCD, PANDAS, ADHD – OCD spectrum. He is particularly interested in rTMS and Neuromodulation treatments and research in multi-disciplinary context. He is Editor of Archive of Behavioral Addiction, Deputy Editor of CNS Spectrum. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers, 12 books, 4 manuals of Psychiatry and his H index is now 51.