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July 2011
News from The Psychiatric Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina - The Eleventh Psychiatric Days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla 2011

As previously announced, the traditional Annual Symposium of the Psychiatric Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina (PABH) titled “XI Psychiatric Days - Innovation and Knowledge in Psychiatry” was held on 25-26 March 2011 at Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main topic of the Symposium was “Psychosis in Medicine and Psychiatric Practice”. This year’s co-organizers were the Department of Psychiatry of the University Clinical Centre Tuzla and other related Associations.

The two-day Symposium had a very wide and comprehensive scientific program with three Keynote Lectures and 15 Plenary Sessions held by the prominent experts from the field of psychiatry in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Universities as well as numerous invited lecturers from the region (Serbia/Belgrade and Croatia/Zagreb, Rijeka and Split). Further enrichment of the Program of the Symposium was a written contribution by Prof. Dušan Kecmanović from Australia, who is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 150 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the Symposium. The participants represented most of the mental health institutions in the country, and it is also important to state that most of them are members of the Psychiatric Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina (PABH).

The scientific part of the Symposium included discussions about medical fenomenology of psychosis, new approaches and research findings in biological psychiatry, then cultural, philosophical and religious/spiritual aspects of the psychotic behaviour and disorders placed in our conditions, the role of psychosis in childhood and developmental period, issues connected with psychosis as a dual diagnosis, agression and phisical illness, forensic importance of psychosis and presentation of creative psychopharmacology of  psychosis.

During the Symposium, we had the opportunity to attend the promotion of two new textbooks entitled: (a) “Psychiatry” (Editor: Prof. Abdulah Kučukalić and al., School of Medicine Sarajevo); and (b) “The sight of a psychiatrist” by Acad. Prof. Dušan Kecmanović (Australia); there were also three Satellite Symposia. Breaks and social events were moments when participants had the opportunity to exchange their experiences, to see old friends, and meet new colleagues from the country. Psychiatric Days Tuzla 2011 was supported by more than 10 pharmaceutical companies and it was CME accredited.

As in the previous two years, this year’s Annual Symposium of the Psychiatric Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina Psychiatric Days was successful in the scientific, organizational and social meaning, said Prof. Izet Pajević, President of the Association and Organization Committee of the Symposium and announced the 3rd Congress of Psychiatrists of Bosnia and Herzegovina which will be held in 2012.

Izet Pajević
President of PABH

Alma Džubur-Kulenović and Goran Račetović
Secretaries General of PABH

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