Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge (BCMHR-CU)
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Conference 2009



Clinical School (William Harvey Lecture Theatre),

University of Cambridge,

Addenbrooke’s Hospital,

Hills Road,

Cambridge CB2 2QQ


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Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research
in association with University of Cambridge



Dr Rashid Zaman (Director and Consultant Psychiatrist)
BSc. (Hons) MBBChir (Cantab) DGM MRCGP MRCPsych
Professor Peter Jones (Director & Head of Dept. of Psychiatry)
Dr Mark Agius (Secretary & Senior Research Fellow)

Invitation to Cambridge/Luton International Conference on Mental Health 2009,
19-21 November 2009, Clinical School (William Harvey Lecture Theatre)
University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QQ


The organising committee would like to invite you to the above conference.

Further details of the programme are available here.
The registration form is available here.

Note, for submission of poster(s) for the conference, please send Dr Mark Agius abstract(s) of
200-300 words NOT LATER THAN 30/09/2009, by e-mailing to the address below.


Delegate rates (includes attendance to whole conference, including coffee/biscuits/lunch)

FY trainees/students               £ 60   (Euros 90)
Delegates from UK                  £ 160
Delegates from Outside UK     Euros 200
Conference dinner                  £ 37  


Please send your registration details and payment to:
Dr Mark Agius  (cheques payable to Luton & Dunstable Postgraduate training fund)
Bedford hospital, BLPT, Weller Wing,  
Kempston  Road, Bedford, MK42 9DJ                           
Tel: 01234 299911, Fax: 01234 299912
Mobile : +44(0)7980659521    
Email :


Organising committee
Dr Mark Agius
Dr Rashid Zaman
Professor Peter Jones





Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research
in association with University of Cambridge


Cambridge/Luton International Conference on Mental Health 2009
Thursday 19th November 2009
Clinical School, University of Cambridge

0815-0905    Conference opening/Registration/Posters
0905-0915    Welcome & opening remarks - Professor Patrick Sissons (Regius Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge)
Dr Rashid Zaman, Dr Mark Agius, Prof Peter Jones

Keynote Speech

0915-0955    Thomas Frodl [Ireland] Neuroscience and Depression

Symposium - Bipolar Disorders: Neuroscience (Chair: Prof Paykel & TBA)

0955-1015    Luchezar G. Hranov [Bulgaria] Do neurons have mood and how can they be stabilised?
1015-1030    Graham Murray [UK] FMRI, Reward Mechanisms and Dopamine
1030-1050    Peter Pregl [Slovenia] Genetics of Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder
1050-1105    Mark Agius, Jean Lee, David Wotherspoon [UK] Is there a biological basis to the Bipolar Spectrum?

1105-1135 Coffee

Symposium - Bipolar Disorders: Clinical Delivery (Chair: Prof Paykel & TBA)

1135-1155    Nicholas Zdanowicz [Belgium] Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents
1155-1215    Giuseppe Tavormina [Italy] Temperaments in Bipolar Disorders
1215-1245    Martha Sajatovic [USA] Targeted Training in Illness Management (TTIM) for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

1245-1415 Lunch/Poster

Symposium - War & PTSD (Chair: Mark Agius & TBA)

1415-1515    Walter Busuttil [UK] Treating British Army Veterans
1515-1545    Sladjana Ivezic [Croatia] Psychosis and PTSD, lessons of a war
1545-1605    Ivan Urlic [Croatia] Developing a PTSD treatment centre in Dalmatia

2000- Dinner


Cambridge/Luton International Conference on Mental Health 2009
Friday 20th November 2009
Clinical School, University of Cambridge

Symposium - Immunology and Psychiatry (Chair: TBA & TBA)

0900-0920    Norbert Moller [Germany] Role of the immune system in Schizophrenia & Depression
0920-0940    Hemmo Dexage [Netherlands] The Kraepelinian dichotomy: an immunologist’s view
0940-1000    Aye Mu Myint [Germany] Immune system and tryptophan metabolism interaction: pathophysiological role in Depression and Schizophrenia

1000-1030 Coffee

Keynote Speech

1030-1105    Georg Northoff [Canada] Is schizophrenia a disorder of the self? Abnormal attunement & neuronal contextualization: A neurophenomenal hypothesis

Symposium - Neuroimaging and TMS (Chair: TBA & TBA)

1105-1135    Eva Meisenzahl [Germany] Neuroimaging in Schizophrenia; from basic science to clinical neurodiagnostics.
1135-1205    Jiri Horacek [Czech Republic] The ins and outs of Ketamine model of schizophrenia qEEG and FMRI study in healthy volunteers
1205-1225    Rashid Zaman [UK] TMS in Psychoses
1225-1250    Martin Brunovsky [Czech Republic] Early reduction in prefrontal theta QEEG cordance in the prediction of antidepressant treatment in pharmaco-resistant patients

1250-1400 Lunch/Posters

Satellite Symposium - Sharing Care with Primary Care (Chair: TBA & TBA)

1310-1340    Linda Gask [UK] Collaborative care with GPs
1340-1400    Zoltan Rhimer [Hungary] / Mark Agius [UK] Training GPs to Prevent Suicide

Keynote Speech

1400-1430    Ed Bullmore [UK] Brain Networks in Schizophrenia

Symposium - Schizophrenia/Psychoses (Chair: TBA & TBA)

1430-1500    Peter Jones [UK] Epidemiology of Psychosis
1500-1515    Anton Grech [Malta] Epidemiology of Psychosis in Malta
1515-1530    Alina Borkowska [Poland] The association between psychopathoplogical symptoms using PANNS and neurocognitive domains in 1200 patients treated with Olanzapine

1530-1600 Coffee

Keynote Speech

1600-1650    Juan Lopez Ibor [Spain] How delusions are formed

Symposium - Schizophrenia/Psychoses Treatments (Chair: TBA & TBA)

1650-1710    Koksal Alpetkin [Turkey] What did results of meta-analytic and follow up studies tell us? Can we treat Schizophrenia successfully?
1720-1735    Eva Palova [Slovakia] Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Schizophrenia – 1,5 year follow-up
1735-1755    TK Larsen [Norway] Primary vs Secondary Prevention Studies; experiences from Norway and Denmark; TIPS and TOP

2000- Conference Dinner (Murray Edwards College; formerly New Hall College)



Cambridge/ Luton International Conference on Mental Health 2009
Saturday 21st November 2009
Clinical School, University of Cambridge

Symposium - Medical Students and Psychiatry (Chair: Peter Jones & TBA)

0930-0950    Dinesh Bhugra [UK] Teaching Medical Students Psychiatry in England
0950-1000    Mark Agius/Rashid Zaman[UK] Teaching Medical Students in Bedford; encouraging research.
1000-1020    Michael Gilholey, Abi Davis [UK] The Student’s point of view
1020-1035    David Cassar/Anton Grech [Malta] Teaching Medical Students clinical skills in Psychiatry in Malta

Keynote Speech (The Robin Pinto Lecture)

1035-1115    Patrick McGorry [Australia] Early Intervention in Psychosis
1115-1140    Coffee/Posters

Symposium - First Episode Studies (Chair: TBA & TBA)

1140-1155    Yuliya Zaytseva [Russia] Efficacy of an Integrated Long-Term Program of management of patients after First Psychotic Episode in 5-Year follow-up
1155-1210    Mark Agius, Chris Kelly [UK] Meta-analysis of Prodrome studies and First Episode Studies
1210-1225    Bent Rosenbaum [Denmark] Danish National Schizophrenia Project Update

Symposium - Mental Health issues in UK South Asians (Chair: Gurprit Pannu & TBA)

1225-1255    Dinesh Bhugra [UK] Transcultural Psychiatry in South Asians
1255-1310    Rashid Zaman/James Russell [UK] Mental health issues in UK South Asians
1310-1320    Rashid Zaman/Mark Agius/Peter Jones [UK] Summary & closure


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