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DGPPN Congress 2013: From Therapy to Prevention

 Иван Мартынихин
Место проведения: Берлин, ГерманияДата мероприятия: 27-11-2013 - 30-11-2013

Сайт конгресса: http://www.dgppn.de/de/congress2013.html

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics I would like to cordially invite you to attend this year’s DGPPN congress in Berlin. The 2013 congress will deal first and foremost with the topic ‘From therapy to prevention’.

Advances in illness-related research have paved the way for early recognition and intervention throughout medicine and thus enabled an increase in the number of healthy life years. A change in lifestyle can already reduce the risk of illness and lead to a longer life. The same is true for mental illnesses. Examples are successful early diagnosis and interventions in psychoses, dementia and suicide. Promising developments in prevention and early intervention can also be seen in depression, dependence disorders, the aftereffects of trauma and work-related mental illnesses.

Until now, prevention is mainly in the hands of health insurance companies and to some extent also in those of general practitioners. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that efficient primary and secondary prevention must be based on knowledge about specific illness processes. Alzheimer’s disease and psychoses are current examples. Current draft laws and political initiatives underline the high relevance of this topic. An exciting discussion round table on healthcare politics entitled ‘The prevention of mental illness – Who is responsible?’  awaits you at the congress. A presidential symposium ‘Mental illnesses and work’ will present concrete prevention concepts. Prevention programmes for eating disorders and suicidality will be presented in lectures (including a lecture by the EPA president, D. Wasserman). Outpatient psychiatry and psychotherapy is becoming a place for efficient preventative intervention: advising patients in at-risk stages whose clinical picture is not yet at the level of an illness; cooperation with neighbouring disciplines such as company medical officers and non-medical initiators of prevention programmes. The congress will also address the neurobiological principles of prevention in various symposia. Primary prevention is also possible through health education, as will be shown by the bestseller author and director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, G. Gigerenzer, in his plenary lecture entitled ‘Health as an educational problem?’.

For months our field has been confronted with the development of a new remuneration system –  Flat-rate Charges in Psychiatry and Psychosomatics (‘Pauschalierende Entgelte Psychiatrie und Psychosomatik’, PEPP) – which has generally been met with opposition. There is concern that treatment quality will decrease and economical pressure will increase. The current status of the progress will be presented in the main symposium ‘Psych-remuneration update’. The platforms on remuneration and care initiated by the DGPPN will present alternatives to the current and future systems. A comparison with other countries is instructive. Several care researchers from other countries will present and evaluate novel care structures and strategies. The President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), D. Bhugra, will talk about the future of psychiatric services.

An equally important topic concerning the treatment of mentally ill people is the much higher sensibility for autonomy and self-determination and for patient rights. The implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the new guardianship law and the ongoing reform of the psychiatry-related state laws make these topics more relevant. In addition to the discussion of these ethical and legal questions in a national context, foreign experts will also discuss alternative solutions and international developments. There will be a series of international panels on these related topics with N. Sartorius. The publication of the American diagnosis system, DSM-5, has also provoked an intense public debate in Germany about the diagnostics of mental disorders and the boundary between health and illness. This discussion will be continued at the congress. For example, A. Frances – a DSM-5 critic – and A. Schatzberg – who initiated the development of DSM-5 during his term as president of the American professional society – will exchange controversial points of view.

The enormous advances in the study of the neurobiological basis of interpersonal and social behaviour have greatly enriched the understanding of mental illnesses. The new discipline ‘emotional  and  social  neuroscience’ is uncovering the neuronal principles of experience and behaviour, which are fundamentally changing the understanding of mental illnesses and of human behaviour in society and the economy. Plenary lectures by renowned scientists will highlight these relationships: the neurobiologist M. Meaney will talk about epigenetics and public health and the economist E. Fehr will speak on the role of fairness in markets, organisations and in individual decisions. Translational research is seen as the recipe for success throughout medicine. The application of advances in basic research and in the development of new intervention strategies for disease control also shapes clinical research in our field. A forum on ‘Innovative treatment for depression’ (A. Schatzberg, F. Holsboer) will present forward-looking perspectives.

The central opening event will address this new social dimension. The neuroscientist A. Damásio, who is recognised internationally for his work on consciousness and the body-mind problem, will talk on the topic ‘Thinking about feelings’. Using the Prinzhorn Collection as an example, Thomas Röske, the director of the collection, will showcase the creative works of people with mental illness. The colleagues of the Bavarian Doctors’ Orchestra will provide the artistic framework.

Further highlights include the plenary lectures and lectures by O. Kernberg on narcissistic personality disorder, by the forensic scientists U. Malt and H.-L. Kröber on the psychological origins of criminal violence and by R. Hertwig on the limits of neuroenhancement.

We have again prepared an exciting programme for students and young specialists. We continue to support them step-by-step on their career paths with specialised symposia, lectures, discussion round tables and workshops that help them in their careers. As part of the DGPPN Academy for Further and Continuing Education, in 2013 we will again be offering you interesting state-of-the-art symposia and, for the first time, over 100 workshops. The DGPPN is also committed to the reconciliation of family and career; the congress kindergarten has meanwhile become a tradition at the ICC.

The DGPPN congress 2013 will continue the good cooperation with our Austrian and Swiss colleagues in the ÖGPP and SGPP. In addition, the congress will be even more accessible to young colleagues from neighbouring European countries. Thus we have established a continuous English track that will cover the relevant topics in our field. Some of the Academy’s state-of-the-art symposia will also be offered in English.

A special anniversary coincides with this year’s congress: 100 years ago, Karl Jaspers published his epochal book ‘General Psychopathology’. This book continues to represent an important basis for our field. A symposium with high-ranking colleagues (including P. Hugh, Baltimore) will recognise the continued international importance of Karl Jaspers’ psychopathological reasoning.

I hope that this selection of exciting programme highlights has awakened your interest in the DGPPN congress and an intensive professional and collegial exchange. I would be extremely happy to see you in Berlin from 27th to 30th November 2013.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the DGPPN and with best regards
Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Maier (Bonn)
German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN)


1. DGPPN_Congress_2013_English_Programme.pdf (552.07 kb.)


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