Preliminary Programme Overview

(Subject to changes)

Tuesday 29 March 2016
11:00-12:30  Registration*
12:30-17:30 WPA Intersection Educational Track (in planning)
Opening Session - Welcome Addresses*
*To be held on the premises of the Institute of Psychiatric Phenomics and Genomics and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Wednesday 30  March 2016

08:30-17:30 Registration
09:00-11:00 SESSION 1: Epidemiology and genetics
Chair: P. Falkai (Germany) - N. Sartorius (Switzerland)

  • K. Merikangas (USA): Retrospective and prospective studies  
  • T.G. Schulze (Germany): An update on psychiatric genetics  
  • E. Karam (Lebanon): A framework for genetic and epigenetic studies of trauma: experiences from the Middle East  
  • P. Appelbaum (USA): Public health and genetics: the ethic implications 
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
SESSION 2: Place of cohorts in Epidemiology
Chair: G. Patton (Australia), J. Evans (United Kingdom)

  • P. Suren (Norway): MoBa - Autism - ADHD  
  • TBA (United Kingdom): ALSPAC  
  • G. Patton (Australia): Astralian cohorts
  • H. Tiemeier (The Netherlands): Generation R
 13:30-14:30  Light Lunch
 14:30-16:00  Symposium 1
Symposium 2
 16:00-17:30  Poster Session
Thursday 31 March 2016

09:00-11:00 SESSION 3: Physical comorbidities
Chairs: K. Scott (New Zealand) -  P. de Jonge (The Netherlands) -  A. Roest (The Netherlands)

  • N. Sartorius (Switzerland): Comorbidity of depression and diabetes: A worldwide approach 
  • R. Jenkins (United Kingdom): Mental disorders, malaria and immunity in Kenya
  • B. Löwe (Germany): Effectiveness of  a stepped-care network for somatoform disorders (Sofu-Net): A controlled study
  • A. Roest (The Netherlands): Fear and distress disorder and subsequent onset of heart disease: comparing the strength of associations
  • M. Vestergaard (The Netherlands):  The effect of mental health on heart disease using bereavement as a natural experience
  • C. Viana (Brazil): Prior mental disorders and subsequent onset of chronic back or neck pain: Findings from 19 countries
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break  
11:30-12:00 Lecture 1
S. Galea (USA): Public Health in the Era of Precision -Medicine 

12:00-14:00 Intermission (Lunch on your own)
14:00-16:00 Oral Presentations Session 1 Oral Presentations Session 2
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Oral Presentations Session 3 Oral Presentations Session 4
18:00-19:00 WPA Section Meeting
Guided Cultural tour
Bavarian Evening at “Hofbräuhaus”

(Detailed information will be available at a later stage)

Friday  1 April 2016

09:00-11:00 SESSION 4: Life perspectives
Chairs: E. J. Costello (USA) - K. Keyes (USA)

  • E.J. Costello (USA): Benefits of cohort in children -  adolescents studies
  • S. Gau (Taiwan): Genetic and epigenetic studies in children and adolescents  
  • R. Bruffaerts (Belgium): Students’ mental health in Europe
  • G. Lewis (United Kingdom): Mental health in the elderly
  • K. Keyes (USA): Substance use across the life span 
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-14:00 SESSION 5: Use of administrative records and data mining in psychiatric epidemiology
Chairs: V. Kovess (France) - P. Qin (Norway)

  • V. Kovess (France): Use of French national health insurance data for monitoring psychotropic drugs in children  
  • P. Qin (Norway): Utilisation of data from population registries for suicide research  
  • M. Frisher (United Kingdom): The use of GPRD for psychiatric epidemiological research 


  • H. Leonard (Australia): Autism evlaution using data from Western Australia population-based registrie 
  • A. Hjern (Sweden): Register-linkage study on mental health among refugees in Sweden 
Closing Remarks
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