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April 2011
WPA Regional Meeting, 14 - 17 April 2011, Yerevan, Armenia

View of Mount Ararat as seen from Yerevan and where, according to the Bible, Noah‘s Ark came to restDear Colleagues,

I am happy to invite you to participate in the WPA Regional Meeting to be held in Yerevan, Armenia, from 14 to 17 April, 2011.

We are living in a world which is changing dramatically, where a variety of new challenges are emerging for our mental health and several factors which used to facilitate our coping with adversities are becoming less effective. We psychiatrists cannot ignore these changes and the ways they are affecting the epidemiology, phenomenology and treatment response of several mental disorders.

The transition period which several Eastern European countries are undergoing, with its impact on the mental health of the population, is a good example from which we can take several lessons.

This WPA Regional Meeting will give visibility to the experience of colleagues from Eastern Europe and, at the same time, review the impact of sociocultural and economic changes and their implications for psychiatric practice, research and services in several other areas of the world.

Armenia, an important bridge between East and West and a fascinating country, rich of culture, natural beauties and vibrant humanity, will be an excellent location for the event.

I look forward to meeting you in Yerevan.

Mario Maj
President, World Psychiatric Association

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate in the WPA Regional Meeting to be held in Yerevan, Armenia, from April 14-17, 2011.  The meeting is devoted to mental health challenges in the present era of globalization.

We value the participation of mental health professionals from regional and global networks. It is a great pleasure to host an international conference on recent advances in research, education, and treatment of mental disorders relevant to practicing psychiatrists in multicultural settings.

The conference highly appreciates the exchange of academic knowledge and experience, as well as the opportunity for networking and collaboration among professionals from different countries. It aims to be a ground for open discussions that will contribute to the development of new initiatives and programs.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the cultural heritage of one of the world’s ancient civilizations, enjoy mountainous landscapes and experience Armenian hospitality!

We look forward to meeting you in Yerevan.

Armen Soghoyan
President, Armenian Psychiatric Association

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mario Maj (Italy)WPA President: “Mistakes to avoid in the implementation of community mental health care”
Pedro Ruiz (USA)WPA President-Elect: “Depression and Pregnancy: Clinical Perspectives”
Hakob Akiskal (USA): “Bipolar Disorder: Clinical, Genetic and Therapeutic Overview”
Otto W. Steenfeldt-Foss (Norway): “Planning, Organization and Evaluation of Mental Health Services – Ideals and Realities”
Hans-Jürgen Möller (Germany): “Schizophrenia: Current concepts and therapeutic consequences”
Juan José López-Ibor: Can Neuroimaging studies help better understand delusions”
Ahmed Okasha (Egypt): “Human rights as an investment in Mental Health”
Norman Sartorius (Switzerland): “Strategies of mental health care 2010”
David Goldberg (UK): “What will the next edition of the Primary Care version of the ICD be like?”
Edward Khantzian (USA): “Methadone Treatment of Opiate Addiction: A Self-Medication Perspective”

Local Organizers
- Armenian Psychiatric Association

- Armenian Medical Association

E-mail: yerevan2011wpa@apnet.am
Contact person: Armen Soghoyan
E-mail: soghoyan@yahoo.com
Website: www.apnet.am/conference2011

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