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*The CME credits application form can only be accessed online during and for 2 months after the event, and will posted from the 15th of November on the EACIC site.



Dear Colleague,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the symposium Progress in Mind: focus on alcohol use disorders on 15 and 16 November 2014, at Le Méridien Etoile in Paris, France.

Throughout history, alcohol use disorders (AUDs), including the most severe manifestation alcohol dependence, have been regarded as a lifestyle choice or a moral weakness. AUD has only recently 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. In a nutshell, it is important to learn about the proper identification of and treatment options for AUD, because this condition is affecting your medical practice.

During this symposium, which is being organized by Elsevier in conjunction with Excerpta Medica and with support from Lundbeck, some of the top experts from the fields of primary care, psychiatry, and addiction will offer information and advice on how to better recognize patients with AUD. Just as importantly, these experts will also discuss improvements in various tools available for patient treatment, including information on why and when it is appropriate to use them.

Elsevier will create an online Resource Centre on the basis of this event. This Resource Centre, entitled Progress in Mind: focus on alcohol use disorders, will be managed by an editorial board including Professor Monte Buchsbaum, who is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychiatry Research, and Professor Philip Gorwood, as Editor-in-Chief of this Progress in Mind Resource Centre. We will offer video footage of the symposium lectures, and we will also expand the site to include the most relevant articles, webcasts, and interviews with top practitioners and scientists specialized in AUDs. Our goal is to offer you an informative platform, including freely available, peer-reviewed content focusing on various aspects of AUDs. Starting in November 2014, the Resource Centre will focus on a new theme each month. The information provided will be essential for helping patients with alcohol use disorders, and focusing on just one topic per month enables us to provide the most cutting-edge and comprehensive views of alcohol use disorders and their consequences.

We look forward to seeing you in November for this informative, interactive, and enlightening symposium.

The Steering Committee,
Professors David Nutt, Wim van den Brink, and Jürgen Rehm

The Editors-in-Chief of the Resource Centre,
Professors Monte Buchsbaum and Philip Gorwood