The 24th World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG) was held in the Jerusalem International Convention Center on October 30 - November 3, 2016. "This is the first time that the WCPG comes to Israel. One of the main reasons we succeeded in bringing this meeting to Jerusalem is the high level of research in Israel in general and in this field too" said Dr. Yoav Kohn, chairman of psychiatry at the Hebrew
The conference's theme was: Bridging the gap between genes, brain function and psychiatry. Many sessions discussed the biological significance of the findings of the effect of genetic changes on brain function, as found in studies in humans and in animal models. Other sessions discussed ethical implications of genetic research and our ability to give patients the results of genetic tests under conditions of current knowledge. The conference was attended by approximately 360 psychiatrists and researchers in basic sciences from about 40 countries, including 80 from Israel. There were five plenary lectures by some of the best researchers in the world, 2 workshops, 15 symposia, 8 sessions of oral presentation and more than 130 posters. The scientific quality was very high. One of the highlights of the conference was the guest speaker, European Prize winning writer Amos Oz, who spoke about his book "A tale of love and darkness" based on his mother who died of suicide.
Yoav Kohn, Chair, WCPG 2016, Jerusalem
Haim Belmaker, President, Israel Psychiatric Association