Elizabeth Blackburn, Leroy Hood, George Koob, Brenda Penninx, Evan Snyder and more
World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP)
Vancouver Convention Centre
The theme of the congress “Neuroscience Discoveries and Translation to Clinical Practice” was chosen to address two major challenges plaguing the field of mental health i.e. slow progress in new discoveries and barriers to evidence based application of new discoveries in day-to-day clinical practice to improve patient care.
The congress will address cutting edge topics through plenaries, roundtable debates, workshops, symposia and short oral presentation sessions. Priority was given to symposia and workshop proposals that report on new methods and tools in biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology and their translational aspects.
Several promising new technologies and discoveries are on the horizon in biological psychiatry and this congress will provide an ideal forum to exchange knowledge related to these innovations in order to advance the field. Some of the key topics that will be addressed in the keynote lectures, plenaries, debates and symposia will include precision medicine, biomarkers and neuroinfl ammation; drug discovery and novel strategies such as stem cells and gut microbes; addictions; early intervention; and novel clinical trial designs.
Educational sessions and courses will be offered on pragmatic topics that are of immediate relevance from research and clinical practice perspectives to trainees and clinicians. 5 Lectures, 4 Debates, 3 Task Force Symposia and 93 independent Symposia / Workshops are forming the core scientifi c program; all of them on very interesting topics to be presented by prominent researchers / scientists in their respective fields.
In addition to state-of-theart science, Vancouver offers many wonderful tourist activities. Stroll the seawall, explore Stanley Park, shop the Granville Island market, enjoy the downtown museums and galleries, and sample the local seafood specialties – all these experiences and many more are within a few minutes walk of the conference centre.