A coin with many sides: different perspectives on mental illness
Wroclaw, Poland 3-5 April 2014
About 4th meeting:
4th Young Psychiatrists Network Meeting took place on the 3-5th of April 2014 in Wrocław, Poland. The theme of this international conference was A coin with many sides: different perspectives on mental illness. The Department of Psychiatry, Wroclaw Medical University hosted eminent specialists from around the world such as Norman Sartorius- former chair of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Division of Mental Health, and former president of the World Psychiatric Association, Graham Thornicroft- Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, Marco Pagani - Chair of the Neuroimaging Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), Wolfgang Gaebel - president of World Psychiatric Association or Cyril Höschl - former President of the Association of European Psychiatrists and member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In his introductory speech, Professor Norman Sartorius presented challenges faced by mental health protection. Professor Graham Thornicroft focused on mental health in a holistic approach and Professor Cyril Höschl has presented an inspiring lecture on mutual connections between art and neuroscience.
The meeting was an opportunity to discuss contemporary psychopathology, modern methods of treatment and the possibility of cooperation of specialists in various fields of medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Young psychiatrists have furthermore opportunity to present their research results and discuss them in a wide circle of friends and eminent specialists. This estimated the inspiration for other researchers, and created the opportunity to establish international cooperation in research on various areas of mental health. The conference was preceded by a three-day workshop conducted by Professor Norman Sartorius for over a dozen participants from around the world, during which they could improve their skills in the publication of scientific papers, presenting posters and many other, needed in scientific activity.
A very valuable part of our regular meetings are gained friendships that motivate to further personal and professional development. Get-together at the Town Hall was accompanied by a concert of opera singer - one of the PhD students of the Department of psychiatry. In the afternoons participants could get to know the nightlife of a beautiful city Wroclaw or go on a guided tour. Last night was the culmination of a friendly, social atmosphere. In the Lower Silesian Medical Chamber was a party with the presentations of delicacies, songs and dances characteristic for the places of origin of conference participants.