The city of Toronto was a lively and pulsating venue for the 66th CPA Annual Conference, September 22-24, 2016 which saw 1,023 delegates pass through registration to take in everything from workshops and courses to symposia and paper sessions.
Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes inspired delegates with her story of resilience through sport. She spoke candidly of her family history of substance abuse and mental illness, as well as her own struggle with depression.
Dr. Mamta Gautam gave a thought-provoking Distinguished Member Lecture on suicides in the medical community. The always popular CPA CPD Institutes packed the room with delegates eager to learn the latest scientific developments in depression treatment. This year there were three that focused on major depression as a disorder of everyday function, the importance of motivation and energy in the treatment of major depressive disorder, and the bipolar spectrum in depression. Psychiatrists welcomed Dr. M.S. Renuka Prasad as CPA President. Dr. Renuka Prasad is a clinical professor of psychiatry with the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Psychiatry.
Packed CPD Institute
All three CPA CPD Institutes were popular with delegates this year. Most of the sessions focused on major depression and were led by esteemed faculty such as Dr. Sidney Kennedy, Dr. Pratap Chokka, Dr. Christopher Bowie, Dr. Raymond Lam, Dr. David Sheehan, Dr. Roger McIntyre and Dr. Eric Teboul.