ASSAf Events

Mental Health Symposium

Category
International Events
Date
30 May 2019
Venue
St George Hotel and Conference Centre
Telephone
+27 12 349 6646
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30 May 2019   Day 1
08:00 – 09:20                                             Arrival and Registration
 

SESSION 1: Welcoming and Opening Address

   

Facilitator: Prof Rita Thom, University of the Witwatersrand, Oxford Healthcare Centre, South Africa

09:00 – 09:20   Welcome Remarks

    Prof Jonathan Jansen, President, ASSAf

    Prof Frank Rösler, Senior Professor, Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Hamburg

    Ambassador Dr Martin Schäfer, German Embassy
09:20 – 09:40   Guest Speaker 

    Dr Steven Shongwe, Acting Director, Non-communicable Diseases Cluster,  WHO Africa Regional Office 

09:40 – 10:00   Guest Speaker

    Prof Crick Lund, Professor of Public Mental Health, Alan J Flisher Centre for  Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town

10:00 – 10:30   Honourable Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Department of Health, South Africa TBC

10:30 – 11:00    Q&A

11:00 – 11:30   Coffee Break and Group Photo

    SESSION 2: Neuroscience and Genetics

    Facilitator: Prof Bongani Chiliza, Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

11:30 – 11:50   Prof Dan Stein, Head, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa

11:50 – 12:10   Prof Markus Nöthen, Director, Institute of Human Genetics, University Hospital of Bonn, Germany

12:10 – 12:30   Prof Muming Pu, Director, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

12:30 – 12:50   Russia TBC

12:50 – 13:20   Q&A

13:20 – 14:20   Lunch Break

    SESSION 3: Public Mental Health and Epidemiology

    Facilitator: Prof Markus Nöthen, Director, Institute of Human Genetics, University Hospital of Bonn, Germany

14:20 – 14:40   Prof Ashraf Kagee, Co-Director, Centre for Public Mental Health, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

14:40 – 15:00   Prof Marcella Rietschel, Scientific Director, Department of Genetic Epidemiology in Psychiatry, Central Institute of Mental Health, Germany

15:00 – 15:20  

Prof Pedro Gabriel Delgado, Instituto de Psiquiatria, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

15:20 – 15:50      Coffee Break

15:50 – 16:10   Austria TBC

16:10 – 16:40   Q&A

16:40 – 17:00   Wrap-up of Day 1

   

Prof Crick Lund, Professor of Public Mental Health, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town

   

Prof Frank Rösler, Senior Professor, Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Hamburg

31 May 2019 Day 2

 

 

 SESSION 4: Intervention Research

 

 

Facilitator: Prof Mark Tomlinson, Department of Psychology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

09:00 – 09:20

 

Epigenetics in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy – At the Crossroads Between Risk and Resilience
Prof Katharina Domschke
, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Freiburg, Germany

09:20 – 09:40

 

Prof Inge Petersen, Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

09:20 – 09:40

 

Prof Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Director, Centre for Brain Research, Indian Institute of Science, India

 10:00 – 10:20

 

Overcoming Trauma and Violence
Prof Thomas Elbert, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz, Germany

 10:20 – 10:40

 

Q&A

 10:40 – 11:10

 

 Coffee Break

 

 

SESSION 5: Break Away: Identifying Policy and Research Priorities in Mental Health

 11:10 – 12:30

 

 Group 1: Neuroscience and Genetics

 

 

Group 2: Public Mental Health and Epidemiology

 

 

Group 3: Intervention Research

 12:30 – 13:00

 

 Feedback

13:00 – 14:00   

 

 Lunch

 

 

SESSION 6: Research Support: Funders

14:00 – 14:20   

 

 National Research Funding, South Africa TBC

14:20 – 14:40

 

German Funding Body TBC

14:40 – 15:00

 

Dr Mary De Silva, Head of Population Health, The Wellcome Trust, South Africa UK MRC/ Wellcome Trust/ Newton Fund

15:00 – 15:20

 

TBC: US National Institute of Mental Health

15:20 – 15:50

 

Coffee Break 

15:50 – 16:10

 

Other Private Sector Funding

 

 

TBC

16:10 – 16:40

 

Q&A

16:40 – 17:00   

 

Wrap-up and Closure of Workshop

 

 

Prof Crick Lund, Professor of Public Mental Health, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town

 

 

Prof Frank Rösler, Senior Professor, Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Hamburg

   

BIBLIOGRAPHIES                                

Bonga Chiliza     

Bonga Chiliza is an Associate Professor/Chief Specialist and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He completed his medical degree and psychiatry specialisation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his PhD at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include schizophrenia, consultation-liaison psychiatry, health services and medical education. He is the President of the South African Society of Psychiatrists, as well as the Deputy Editor of the South African Journal of Psychiatry. Bonga has received several awards including the Hamilton Naki Clinical Research Fellowship and the South African Health Excellence Award. He has authored over 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has also served on several NGO Boards, including the SA YMCA and Life Choices. He is one of the Founding Directors of Harambee Medical Consulting and African Global Mental Health Institute.


    

 Katharina Domschke    

Katharina Domschke is a Full Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She completed her studies in medicine and psychology at the University of Muenster, Germany, and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (M.D., 2004), as well as Boston University, Boston, MA, USA (M.A., 2002), and Maastricht University, The Netherlands (Ph.D., 2010). After her board certification as a psychiatrist in 2010 she worked as an attending physician and associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Muenster, Germany. In 2012, she was appointed Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, in 2013 Executive Senior Physician, and in 2014 Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wuerzburg, Germany. In 2016, she was appointed Chair and Full Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Freiburg, Germany, and Adjunct Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Her clinical and teaching focus is on anxiety and depression. Katharina is a renowned expert in genetics, epigenetics, imaging genetics and pharmacogenetics of anxiety and depression as reflected by to date 215 publications in international journals, two books and 25 book chapters. Her work has been recognized by e.g. the WFSBP Research Award, the WPA Fellowship Award and the ECNP Fellowship Award. She is a full member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Katharina has received funding from the EU, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF). She is a fellow of ACNP and full member of ECNP, ISPG and SOBP and serves on the editorial boards of e.g. the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Pharmacopsychiatry, Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry and Journal of Psychiatric Research and is a regular ad-hoc reviewer for >60 international journals.


 

 
Crick Lund  

Crick Lund is a Professor of Global Mental Health and Development in the Centre for Global Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Professor in the Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town. He is the CEO of the PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME), a DFID funded research consortium focusing on the integration of mental health into primary care in low resource settings in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda, and Principal Investigator of the AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM) U19 NIMH Collaborative Hub. He trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Cape Town in the mid-1990s and was subsequently involved in developing post-apartheid norms for mental health services for the national Department of Health. He worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) from 2000-2005, on the development of the WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package, Crick has consulted to several countries on mental health policy and planning. He was a founding member of the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health and served as its first Director, from 2010 to 2017. His research interests lie in mental health policy, service planning and the relationship between poverty and mental health in low and middle-income countries.


 

 Marcella Rietschel  

Marcella Rietschel is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and medical geneticist. Since 2002, she has been the Director of the Department of Genetic Epidemiology in Psychiatry and of the Molecular Genetic Laboratory at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim (University of Heidelberg) Germany. Her research focus is the identification of genetic and environmental risk factors for psychiatric disease, with a specific emphasis on refining phenotype-genotype correlations across diagnostic categories through the application of advanced techniques for phenotype assessment and statistical analysis. Furthermore, she was responsible for the psychiatric phenotype characterization of the German National Cohort, a longitudinal study of 200.000 persons from the general population in Germany.To facilitate her research, she has initiated world-wide collaborations and has established a large biobank of DNA, plasma, serum, and microbiome samples, and a data bank of phenotypes obtained from psychiatric patients, family members, and controls. She has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers. At an early stage of her career, Marcella developed an interest in the study of the ethical, legal, and social implications of psychiatric genetic research, since in her opinion, knowledge of genetic influences on behavior and mental illness is not only of relevance to the scientific community, but rather to society as a whole. In this context, Marcella collaborates with representatives from diverse disciplines, e.g., lawyers, ethicists, philosophers, and patient representatives, and provides advice on ethical issues to both national and EU-funded projects in the capacity of both investigator and scientific advisor. Marcella is engaged in ongoing dialogue with the European Network of Research Ethic Committees in order to harmonise informed consent forms for participants in psychiatric genetic studies across Europe. In addition, she is an active member of the Task Force on Genetic Testing of the ISPG.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 
 

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