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  • Nov 2014
    Nov 2014

    Throughout history, alcohol use disorders (AUDs), including the most severe manifestation alcohol dependence, have been regarded as a lifestyle choice or a moral weakness and it is only recently that AUD has been recognized as a brain disorder, just like nicotine or drug dependence. As with any other psychiatric disorder, AUDs are associated with psychiatric and somatic comorbidities; these include depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, liver cirrhosis, gastric reflux, and gastrointestinal disease. While the burden of disease is immense – in 2012, 3.3 million net deaths in Europe were attributable to harmful alcohol use – less than 10 percent of the people in Europe diagnosed with alcohol dependence receive any treatment. 

    With such severe effects on both individuals and society, it is important to recognize the characteristic signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence and explore new ways to better manage patients.

    It is against this background that Elsevier organized in conjunction with Excerpta Medica, through the support of Lundbeck, a symposium focused on alcohol use disorders. On behalf of the symposium steering committee consisting of Professors David Nutt, Jürgen Rehm and Wim van den Brink, international experts from the fields of primary care, psychiatry, and addiction were invited to share during a 2-day symposium their expert knowledge and experience and to present information and advice on how to better recognize patients with AUD. As well as to discuss improvements in various tools available for patient treatment, including information on why and when it is appropriate to use them. The presentations and related content from this symposium, ‘Progress in Mind: focus on alcohol use disorders’ which was held in November 2014 in Paris, have served as the starting point for our Resource Centre. The symposium and the ensuing Resource Centre have been made possible with support from Lundbeck, who had no influence on the content or presentations of the symposium, and has no editorial control or influence over the Resource Centre. 

    On this webpage we present the experts that shared their insights on alcohol use disorders and treatment of alcohol use disorders. Links to their presentations are included as well.


    Main topics of the symposium featured so far on the Resource Centre:

    Upcoming topics include early-stage recognition and motivating patients, sleep disorders, liver disease, and bipolar disorders.

    Paris, France
  • Mar 2015
    Mar 2015

    Brain stimulation methods are new approaches to research how the brain works and to treat diseases. In many ways the field of brain stimulation is a new paradigm shift, replacing the prominent neuropsychopharmacological paradigm of the past three decades.

    Topics of this conference include transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial direct current stimulation, deep brain stimulation, novel neuromodulation techniques, neurophysiology, animal studies, cognitive neuroscience, clinical neurological applications, clinical psychiatric applications as well as advanced modelling and mechanisms.

    On Monday, 2 March, the sessions will provide an overview of the commonalities of the methods and focus on basic mechanisms; Tuesday’s sessions have the theme “Using Brain Stimulation Methods to Unlock How the Brain Works” and Wednesday’s sessions will deal with state of the art clinical applications of the brain stimulation methods.

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Mar 2015
    Mar 2015

    Anger, Aggression, and Violence

    The NAMA 2015 International Conference focuses on anger, aggression, and violence. The conference combines theory and research with powerful and effective techniques and tools for affect regulation and violence management as well as practical examples.

    Topics include, for example, the relationship between anger and addictions, the connection between anger management and domestic violence, the impact of anger on sports, self-awareness skills, the comprehensive SMART (Selection Menu for Anger Reduction Treatment) program for probationers and the fight against community violence.

    This conference addresses not only anger management specialists, but also substance abuse professionals.

    Chicago, United States
  • Mar 2015
    Mar 2015

    Interprofessional Practice: Working Together to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults

    This educational event in geriatric mental health care provides the latest information on clinical care, research on aging and mental health, as well as models of care.

    The theme of this year’s meeting highlights the multidisciplinary nature of geriatric mental health care. The conference is designed for psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, neurologists – any professional interested in learning how to better care for the mental health of older adults.

    The Opening Plenary features the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s incoming president Gary W. Small, MD, who will discuss “Geriatric Psychiatry: Helping People Live Better Longer”. The educational sessions will deal with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, late-life depression, anxiety, substance abuse/misuse, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, etc.

    New Orleans, United States
  • Mar 2015
    Mar 2015

    Excellence in Psychiatry across Europe: Practice, Education, Research

    The aim of the 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry is to showcase the top research and developments in European psychiatry. It is organised by the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), an association representing over 78,500 European psychiatrists in Europe. EPA‘s activities address the interests of psychiatrists in academia, research and practice throughout all stages of career development.

    Topics of this year’s congress include addictive behaviours, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression as well as bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, sleep and eating disorders. The sessions will also discuss treatment options such as psychopharmacotherapy and neurocognitive training as well as general psychiatric issues.

    Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 2015
    Apr 2015

    Solving Clinical Challenges, Improving Patient Care

    The American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists, which was founded in 1975, brings together clinical practitioners and academicians to enhance care of patients with psychiatric illness by emphasizing practical knowledge.

    This year‘s conference will deal with topics such as ADHD, psychosis, antisocial personality disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and late-life anxiety disorders. Attention will also be given to substance abuse, in particular the relationship between bipolar disorder and substance abuse, current trends and the growing problem of substance abuse in geriatric patients. 

    Chicago, United States
  • Apr 2015
    Apr 2015

    Addictions and Other Mental Disorders

    The concept “dual disorders” relates to the comorbid presence of substance use disorders and other mental disorders in an increasing number of patients.

    The ICDD 2015, which is organized by the Spanish Society of Dual Pathology (Sociedad Española de Patología Dual, SEPD), aims at offering a platform which enables professionals in the field of mental health and addictions, together with the main opinion leaders in this area, to review and share recent knowledge and developments in a dynamic and interactive way.

    Topics of this year’s congress include the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and therapeutics of dual disorders, from molecular biology to daily clinical practice and from prevention strategies to recovery programs. The congress also features the Neuroscience Parallel Symposium which reviews basic and clinical research in neuroscience with regard to dual disorders.

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Apr 2015
    Apr 2015

    The goal of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) is to promote and exchange science in the field of liver diseases. In the EASL educational calendar, the International Liver Congress is the biggest event, presenting the latest in liver research. This year’s congress, the 50th annual meeting, will also commemorate the 30th birthday of the Journal of Hepatology which is published by the EASL.

    The congress will include workshops, courses, basic science seminars, forums and symposia on liver topics. Sunday, 26 April, will feature a clinical symposium entitled “Multidisciplinary management of alcoholic liver disease”; this symposium will provide information on the management of alcohol dependence and liver transplantation in patients with alcoholic liver disease as well as general management strategies for such patients.

    Vienna, Austria
  • May 2015
    May 2015

    Stress, Emotion, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology

    At the heart of biological psychiatry research is the model of translation, bi-directionally between basic research and clinical applications integrating in vitro, animal model, and human research approaches. The annual scientific meetings of the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) present new advances in the field of basic, translational and clinical research in neuroscience and psychiatry as well as new ideas about how to leverage research findings to better understand and treat psychopathology.

    This year’s meeting will include three plenary sessions featuring topics on anxiety/fear, stress and neurodevelopment. Furthermore, there will be symposia covering topics in addiction, schizophrenia, imaging, animal models, aging, mood and eating disorders, anxiety, systems neuroscience, novel methodologies, etc. The meeting will also offer oral and poster sessions as well as late-breaking sessions featuring the latest hot topics and research.

    Toronto, Canada
  • May 2015
    May 2015

    The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting was established in 1844. The association’s members – currently 35,000 psychiatrists globally – work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders.

    The Annual Meeting is designed for all mental health professionals and advocates including practicing, administrative, and consultative psychiatrists, psychiatric researchers and educators, residents, as well as students. The meeting features a scientific program with a variety of sessions and courses, exhibits, new research poster sessions, case conferences, mind games, meetings and forums.

    Among other topics, this year’s scientific program will include several sessions on alcohol use disorders by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    In collaboration with the Department of Continuing Medical Education, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Scientific Program Committee for the Annual Meeting also develops quality education programs, i.e. short courses covering a single topic in depth and detail. These take place at the Annual Meeting and cover topics such as DSM-5, psychopharmacology, ADHD, geriatric psychiatry, dementia, etc.

    Toronto, Canada


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