Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge (BCMHR-CU)
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Conference 2017

6th Cambridge International Conference on Mental Health 2017

The conference will cover number of topics related to mental health including, ADHD, Bipolar disorders, Depression, Immunopsychiatry, Neuroscientific basis mental illnesses, OCD, Schizophrenia, social, philosophical and artistic contributions, Transcranial magnetic stimulation and users perspectives.

It will also feature student (medical and Phd) and psychiatry trainee presentations from Europe and UK.

As in the past, the conference will have presentations from internationally renowned expert speakers and is excellent value for money attracting CPD points.

Dates20-22nd September 2017

Venue: Claire College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Further details here

Programme: Will be released soon. Further details here

Registration: Please register by contacting Dr Mark Agius at Further details here

Submit Poster Abstracts: Will be opened soon.

Confirmed Speakers

Chris Baeken (Belgium)
Ed Bullmore (Cambridge, UK)
Naomi Fineberg (UK)
Frederick R Carrick (USA)
Jiri Horacek (Czech Republic)
Cyril Hoschl (Czech Republic)
Michael Musalek (Austria)
Joanna Neill (UK)
Christos Pantelis (Australia)
Carmine Pariante (UK)
Peter Pregelj (Slovenia)
Trevor Robbins (Cambridge, UK)
Barbara Sahakian (Cambridge, UK)
Nicolas Zdanowicz (Belgium)

Organising Committee
Dr Mark Agius 
Dr Rashid Zaman
Dr Nadeem Mazi-Kotwal
Dr Ahmed Hankir
Dr Manaan Kar Ray
Prof. Edward Bullmore 

Registration 2017

Please register be contacting Dr Mark Agius

Programme 2017

Wednesday 20th September 2017 - Day 1
Clare College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
0800-0900 Registrations
0900-0905 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Rashid Zaman, Mark Agius
Symposium 1: OCD (Chair Dr Zaman & Prof Robbins), Riley Auditorium
0905-0935 Trevor Robbins [Cambridge, UK]
The Cognitive Neuroscience of OCD: A Translational Perspective
0935-0950 Annemieke Apergis-Schoute (Cambridge, UK)
Deep Brain Stimulation in OCD: cognition findings (STN versus VC/VS)
0950-1010 Sam Chamberlain (Cambridge, UK)?
Title to be confirmed
1010-1030 Naomi Fineberg (UK)
Treating Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders; an Update
Symposium 2: Brain Stimulation in Psychiatric Disorders (Chair Dr Zaman & Prof Baeken), Riley Auditorium
1030-1040 Dr Rashid Zaman (Cambridge, UK)
TMS and rTMS in OCD
1040-1050 Ivan Filipčić (Croatia)
Treatment of depression with TMS, comparing rTMS and dTMS
1050-1110 Chris Baeken (Belgium)
Impact of accelerated HF-rTMS on neurochemicals and neural integrity: insights from 1H MR spectroscopy in treatment-resistant depression
1110-1120 Marco Rotonda (Malta)
Advances in HD-tDCS stimulation: a new pipeline to build anisotropic head models
1120-1140 Coffee
1140-1205 Joanna Neill (UK)
New drugs for Mental Illness, where will they come from?
Symposium 3: Psychosis/Schizophrenia 1 (Chair X & Prof Horacek), Riley Auditorium
1205-1225 Jiri Horacek et al. (Czech Republic)
How xenophobia modulates brain activity and neuronal processing of images of European refugee crisis: a fMRI study
1225-1245 TBA
1245-1300 Spaniel et al (Czech Republic)
Schizophrenia as a cascading network failure. Morphology, functional connectivity and spectroscopy in first- episode schizophrenia spectrum subjects
1300-1400 Lunch
Symposium 3: Psychosis/Schizophrenia 1 (cont.), Riley Auditorium
1400-1415 Yulia Zaytseva (Czech Republic/Russia)
Brain Connectivity in schizophrenia patients with auditory hallucinations
1415-1430 Krzysztof Krysta (Poland)
Role of sex hormones & inflammatory markers in cognitive functioning in male schizophrenic patients
1430-1445 Renata Androvicova et al. (Czech Republic)
Czech survey of unusual sexual interests: love, porn, fantasy and behaviour
Symposium 4: Psychosis/Schizophrenia 2 (Chair X & Y), Riley Auditorium
1445-1505 Koksal Alptekin (Turkey)
Use of virtual reality in treatment of schizophrenia
1505-1515 Norma Verdolini et al. (Italy)
Oral vs. long-acting antipsychotics: hospitalization rate of psychotic patients discharged from an Italian Psychiatric Unit
1515-1530 Marjeta Blinc Pesek (Slovenia)
Medication and ten years after evaluation of Prodromal
1530-1610 Coffee
Symposium 4: Psychosis/Schizophrenia 2, cont. (Chair X & Y), Riley Auditorium
1610-1625 Francesco Franza, Avellino (Italy)
Assessing the critical issues of atypical antipsychotics in schizophrenic inpatients
1625-1635 Nina Mayer (Croatia)
Group psychotherapy for psychosis in the hospital
1635-1645 Joanna Szarmach, Adam Włodarczyk, Wiesław J. Cubała, Mariusz S. Wiglusz (Poland)
Benzodiazepines as adjunctive therapy in treatment refractory symptoms of schizophrenia
Symposium 5: Bipolar Disorder (Chair X & Y), Parallel symposium, Elton-Bowring Room, 1st floor
1400-1420 Brunovsky M et al. (Czech Republic)
Prague bipolar offspring study: Psychopathological, neuropsychological and QEEG correlates
1420-1440 Giuseppe Tavormina et al. (Italy)
Clinical utilisation of the rating scale of mixed states, the “GT-MSRS”: a multicenter study
1440-1455 Maria Gałuszko-Węgielnik, Katarzyna Jakuszkowiak-Wojten, Mariusz S. Wiglusz, Joanna Szarmach, Adam Włodarczyk, Marta Herstowska, Wiesław Jerzy Cubała (Poland)
Lithium therapeutic dose monitoring in saliva
1455-1515 Jenny .R. Tillotson (UK)
Emotionally Responsive Wearable Technology and Biofeedback Scent - Intervention for Affective Disorders
1515-1530 Sarah Rae (UK) Service Users perspectives in mental health research and service improvement projects (TBC)
Short film, Riley Auditorium
1645-1715 The Wounded Healer (a short film), Sal Anderson – Director & Producer
1900 Drinks at Scholars Garden, Clare College
1930 Gala Dinner at Great Hall, Clare College


Thursday 21st September 2017 - Day 2
Clare College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
0815-0845 Registration
Symposium 6: Depression (Chair X & Y), Riley Auditorium
0845-0905 Peter Pregelj (Slovenia)
Suicidal Behaviour between Environmental and Genetic Risk Factors
0905-0920 Tomaž Zupanc (Slovenia)
Complex suicide
0920-0935 Manaan Kar-Ray (Cambridge, UK)
Risk related Clinical Decision Making and update on PROMISE
0935-0950 Sami Manaa, Nehad Hassan, Waleed al Fiasal, Hamid Y Hussain (UAE)
Prevalence rate and determinants of depressive symptoms among adolescents population in Dubai, 2011
0950-1000 Virginio Salvi (Italy)
The metabolic effects of antidepressants
Symposium 7: Immunopsychiatry (Chair Dr Zaman, Prof Bullmore), Riley Auditorium
1000-1030 Ed Bullmore (Cambridge, UK)
Inflammation and Mood Disorders
1030-1055 Carmine Pariante (UK)
Who are the depressed patients with increased inflammation? Evidence from clinical and pre-clinical studies
1055-1110 Golam Khandaker (Cambridge, UK)
The Interleukin 6 Receptor Pathway in Depression and Psychosis: evidence for a causal role for inflammation in major mental illness
1110-1135 Coffee
Symposium 7: Immunopsychiatry Cont., Riley Auditorium
1135-1155 Nicholas Zdanowicz, Reynaert Christine, Jacques Denis, Dubois Thomas (Belgium)
Depression and immunity: a psychosomatic unit
1155-1210 Lorinda Turner (Cambridge, UK)
Immunophenotypes of schizophrenia and psychosis
Chair X & Y, Chair X & Y, Riley Auditorium
1210-1235 Barbara Sahakian (Cambridge, UK)
Improving cognitive dysfunction and motivation in Neuropsychiatric Disorders
1235-1300 Christos Pantelis (Australia)
Neurobiology of Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia: Recent data from neuroimaging and neuropathology
1300-1400 Lunch
Elton-Bowring Room, 1st floor
09:00-09:20 Adrian Attard Trevisan (Malta)EEG phenotypes as basis for biomarker driven personalized therapies
Symposium 8: Philosophy & Arts related to Psychiatry (Chair Dr Agius, Prof Musalek), Parallel Symposium, Elton-Bowring Room, 1st floor
1000-1025 Sandro Elisei (Italy)
Effects of music on seizure frequency in institutionalized subjects with severe/profound intellectual disability and drug-resistant epilepsy
1025-1045 Kathleen Galvin (UK)
An existential approach to well-being
1110-1135 Coffee
1400-1430 Michael Musalek (Austria)
Hospitality and mental Health
1430-1450 Mark Agius (Cambridge, UK)
Charity, Hospitality and the Human Person
1450-1505 Guenda Bernegger (Austria)
It's not a dream: you too can do it! Hope and despair in Psychiatry
1505-1530 Mohamud Verjee (Qatar)
Reflecting on the humanities, related to experiences of illness, with a creative exploration of metaphoric spaces
1530-1545 Martin Poltrum (Austria)
Psychiatrist & Psychotherapists in the Cinema
1545-1600 Immacolatad Errico (Italy)
Art as a mean of accessing ourselves: using art in psychotherapy
1600-1615 Ahmed Hankir (UK), Bruce Kirkcaldy (Germany)
Power of performing arts
1620-1640 Coffee
1640-1655 Romina Tavormina (Italy)
Overcoming the social stigma on mood disorders with dancing
1655-1710 Arijana Turčin (Slovenia)
Evidence Based Psychiatry vs. Forum Based Psychiatry
Chair X & Y, Riley Auditorium
1400-1420 Ahmed Hankir (UK)
Challenging Islamophobia
1420-1435 Clarke Carlisle (UK)
A professional footballer’s experience of depression/mental illness OR “Football’s suicide secret, based on BBC documentary
Chair Dr Hankir & Y, Riley Auditorium
1435-1505 Frederick Carrick (USA)
Eye movements and dyslexia and other childhood developmental disorders
1505-1525 Catherine Mela (Greece)
The therapeutic model of Group Analytic Psychotherapy: An Hypothesis of Neuron-Immune-Analysis and Neuron-Immune-modulation
1525-1550 Saeed Farooq (UK)
Early intervention in psychosis in resource poor setting - Learning from a public health approach
Symposium 9: Addiction (Chair X & Y), Riley Auditorium
1550-1600 Tecco J Gerard N, Kadji C, Bongaerts X, Desaive P (Belgium)
Admitting or discharging patients with opiate or alcohol related problems? Psychiatrist uncertainty and welfare losses
1610-1620 Delic M., Kajdiz K., Pregelj P (Slovenia)
Association between patient's personality traits and outcome of hospital treatment of opioid addiction
1620-1640 Coffee
1640-1650 Mirjana Radovanovic, Maja Rus-Makovec (Slovenia)
Stability in perceived needs satisfaction on alcoholism treatment effects: 18-years follow-up
1650-1700 Marta Struzik (Poland)
Demographical characteristics of dual diagnosis patients treated in the rehabilitation centre
1700-1710 Emeline Eyzop (France)
To take into account addicted patients' motivation to seek treatment. A case report of a disordered gambler
1710-1720 Maurilio GM Tavormina (Italy)
Playing with video-games: going to a new addiction?
18:30 Special evening talk in Clare College Chapel:
Psychopathology of great composers by Prof. Cyril Hoschl (Czech Republic) with Piano performance from Slávka Vernerová – Pěchočová (Czech Republic)
1930 Dinner Clare College Great Hall


Friday 22nd September 2017- Day 3
Clare College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
0830-0900 Registration
Symposium 10: Teaching in Psychiatry (Chair Dr Andlauer & Dr Wilkinson), Elton-Bowring Room, 1st floor
0900-0915 Clare Holt (UK)
Psychiatry early experience programme
0915-0930 Clare Holt (UK)
Physical health training of junior psychiatrists
0930-0945 Sophie Butler (UK)
Extreme Psychiatry
0945-1000 Olivier Andlauer (UK)
Psychiatric education on the European level
Symposium 11: EPA Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities (ID), Riley Auditorium
(Chair Dr Krysta & Prof Carrick)
0900-0920 Frederick Carrick (USA)
Preliminary results in Autism research
0920-0935 Krzysztof Krysta (Poland)
Telepsychiatry and Virtual Reality in the treatment of ID patients
0935-0945 Bhatika Perera (UK)
ADHD in people with intellectual disability
0945-0955 Agnieszka Bratek (Poland)
Mental diseases in elderly people with intellectual disability as a social and therapeutic challenge
0955-1005 Jean Christopher Steven (? Belgium)
How parents with live-in ASD adult children manage the maze of research, hopes & practicalities?
1005-1015 Emanuela Russo (Malta
A home-based neurofeedback therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A case study of a young adult patient
1015-1040 Coffee
Symposium 12: Free “Papers” (Chair Agius & Y), Riley Auditorium
1040-1050 Lepiece Brice, Reynaert Christine, Jacques Denis, Zdanowicz Nicolas. (Belgium)
Returning to work after mental health issues: a new preoccupation for mental health professionals
1050-1100 Melanie Bruneau (France)
Desire for a child and eating disorders in women seeking infertility treatment
1100-1110 Adam Włodarczyk, Joanna Szarmach, KatarzynaJakuszkowiak-Wojten, Maria Gałuszko-Węgielnik, Mariusz S. Wiglusz (Poland)
Neurosyphilis presenting with cognitive deficits – a report of two cases
1110-1120 Giada Juli (Italy)
Genetics and psychiatry: myth or reality?
1120-1130 Maria Rosaria Juli (Italy)
Perception of body image in early adolescence: a survey in secondary schools
1130-1140 Katarzyna Jakuszkowiak-Wojten, AlicjaRaczak, Jerzy Landowski, Mariusz S. Wiglusz, Maria Gałuszko-Węgielnik, Krzysztof Krysta, Wiesław J. Cubała (Poland)
Decision-making in panic disorder. Preliminary report
1140-1150 Schepens Pierre, De Baeremaeker Virginie (Belgium)
Unfit to plead: mad or dangerous?
1150-1205 Anton Grech (Malta)
Outcome Study of Multidisciplinary Treatment Programme for Obesity'
1205-1225 Patrizia Moretti (Italy)
Personality disorders features in a sample of women with perinatal depression in Perugia Hospital
1600-1630 Prize ceremony (trainees, Phd, medical students competition) & Close of Conference: Riley Auditorium
Trainees Competition (6 mins each) (Chair X & Y), Parallel Session, Elton-Bowring Room, 1st floor
1000 -1015 1. Jacques Denis, Dubois Thomas, Nicolas Zdanowicz (Belgium), Christine Reynaert , Chantal Gilain, Garin Pierre
Cochlear implant and psychiatric assessment: a Norrie syndrome, case-report
2. Muzzafer Kaser (UK)
1015-1040 Coffee
1040-1100 3.Sajjaad Khalil, Ahmed Hankir et al. (UK)
Federation of Student Islamic Societies programme to challenge mental health stigma in Muslim Communities in the UK: The FOSIS Birmingham study
4. Roulet Tiffany, Zdanowicz Nicolas (Belgium)
Delusional parasitosis treated by atypical antipsychotic and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor: a case report
5. Arani Vivekanantham, Abdur-Raoof Sheikh (UK)
Physical health assessment and medicines reconciliation on admission to a mental health unit: a quality improvement project
Phd Students Competition (6 mins each) (Chair X & Y) Parallel Session, Elton-Bowring Room, 1st floor
1100-1140 1. De Witte Sara (Belgium)MRI based neuro-navigation for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
2. Dockx Robrechta,b CA, Baekena Chris, Duprata Romain, Vlerick Lise, De Vosc Filip, De Spiegeleerc Bart, Dobbeleirb André, Saundersb Jimmy H., Polisb Ingeborgh, Audenaerta Kurt, Peremansb Kathelijne (Belgium)
The influence of anaesthesia and amount of sessions of an aHF-rTMS protocol in dogs

3. Anna Poleszcyk et al (Poland & UK)
Effectiveness of HF-rTMS in patients with treatment resistant depression?
4.Thomas Dubois, Nicholas Zdanowicz (Belgium)
The psycho-immunological model as a psychosomatic entity: a literature review of interactions between depression and immunity

5. Zhi Li (China)
? Functional imaging work in schizophrenia spectrum disorders, including their unaffected first-degree relatives
6. Nikolina Skandali (Cambridge, UK)
Medical Students Competition (6 mins each), Parallel Session, Elton-Bowring Room, 1st floor
1140-1240 1.Sajeed Ali (Dr Jeff Dalley), (Cambridge, UK)
Looking at compulsivity and monoamine oxidase inhibitors in rat models
2. Sajeed Ali (Cambridge, UK)
Opiate dependent patients comorbidities of mental health Problems
3.Jenny .A. Elias (Cambridge, UK)
Audit of Depression in Bedford Teams
4. Chloe Gamlin (Cambridge, UK)When Aspergers’ Disorder came out
5. Nishan Ghoshal, Paul O Wilkinson (Cambridge, UK)
Flowers for Algernon: The ethics of human experimentation on the intellectually disabled
6. Karcher A., Bongaerts Xavier, Gerard Nathalie, Desaive P, Tecco Juan (? Belgium)
Small area variation in the field of addiction, psychiatrist uncertainty and welfare losses
7. Chloe Gamlin, Kate Womersley (Cambridge, UK)
Can you be a Doctor, Even if you Faint? The Tacit Lessons of Cadaveric Dissection
8. Ada Maria Krzak (Cambridge, UK)
How does neurogenesis relate to depression and is neurogenesis affected by antidepressants?
1240-1350 Lunch
1350-1600 9. Isabell Lever, Ahmed Hankir et al. (Kings Coll, London, UK)
Challenging the stigma attached to psychological problems in health care professionals and students
10. Mao Fong Lim, Ahmed Hankir et al. (Kings Coll, London, UK)
Perinatal Mental Health: A Labour of Love": A King's College London Psychiatry Society event to challenge mental health stigma.
11. Samara Linton, Ahmed Hankir, Sal Anderson et al. (UCL, London, UK)
The Wounded Healer film: A University College London Psychiatry Society event to challenge mental health stigma through the power of motion picture
12. Anna Makeever (Cambridge, UK)
MRI and neurocognitive investigation in middle-aged adults at risk of dementia: A PREVENT study
13. Avriel McDonnell (Czech Republic)
Is there an optimal cognitive app to be used for cognitive remediation in clinical psychiatric practice?
14. Callum Mckell Ahmed Hankir (Leeds, UK)
The barriers to accessing and consuming mental health services for Palestinians with mental health problems residing in refugee camps in Jordan: A qualitative study
15. Alexandra Morozova (Czech Republic)
Comparative analysis of theory of mind tests in first episode psychosis patients
16. Hannah Pendegast, Ahmed Hankir et al. (UK, Ireland)
The Federation of Student (? Ireland) Islamic Societies programme to challenge mental health stigma in Muslim Communities in Ireland: The FOSIS Dublin study
17. Ryan Riordan, Ahmed Hankir et al. (Cambridge, UK)
A Cambridge University Islamic Society programme to challenge the stigma attached to psychological problems in Muslim students
18. Ankita Sahni (Imperial Coll, London, UK)
Using the PHQ9 self-rating scale to assess depression in Primary Care
19. Paul Tern, Jie Wen, Ali Abdaal, Jake Tobin, Katherine Macfarland, Molly Hunt (Cambridge, UK)
A Review of the efficacy and role of the Card Sort Exercise in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder
20. Amie Varney, Kate Womersley (Cambridge, UK)
What are the risks associated with the use of NSAIDs as an adjunct to SSRIs for treatment of depression? An evaluation of current evidence
21. Shentong Wang (Cambridge, UK)
What evidence is there that General Practitioners follow guidelines on the use of antidepressants to treat depression, and how can this be improved?
22. Wilson, Rachel (Imperial Coll, London, UK)
What is the evidence for using the PHQ-2 as 2 questions to screen for depression?
23. Sophie Woodhead (Imperial coll, London, UK)
The relative contribution of goal-directed and habit systems to psychiatric disorders

24.Jelena Milić (Slovenia)
Adult patients with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Coping with daily challenges
25. Aparna Ganesh (India)
Impact of Stress on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Management
26. Marcelina Czok (Poland)
Association between affective disorders and the usage of low and medium doses of corticosteroids
27.Aleksandra Ćwiek (Poland)
Association between depression and heamodialysis in patients with chronic kidney disease
28.Arkadiusz Dudek (Poland)
Analysis of facial expressions in patients with schzophrenia in comparison with healthy controls - pilot study
29.Oleg Fedyk (Poland)
The pursuit of pleasure - a subjectively measured global quality of life as a screening method for problematic use of drugs and alcohol
30.Marta Ciułkowicz, Weronika Bulska (Poland)
Dynamics of changes in sleep disorders, depression and anxiety among Multiple Sclerosis patients - a few years observation
31.Magdalena Krawczyk (Poland)
Practicing hatha-yoga, sense of coherence and sense of agency. Neurophenomenological approach
32.Nima Borudjerdi (Czech Republic)
Cognitive dysfunction in Anti-NMDA encephalitis
33. Katy Chisenga & Paul Wilkinson (Cambridge, UK)The Girl on the train.
  1. Hankir, A, Mohmmad S, Akhtar S, Zaman R (UK & New Zealand)- Poster
Working in psychiatry as an International Medical Graduate in New Zealand (poster)
2. Tongeji E Tungaraza, Ranbir Singh (UK)- Poster
Unruptured intracranial aneurysm and first episode psychosis: The mystery was finally solved
3. Anna Warchala (Poland)-Poster
Adherence in patients with chronic leukemia treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors
4. Mariusz Seweryn (? Poland)- Poster
Analysis of urinary incontinence and depression among young women
5. Zdanowicz Nicolas, Reynaert Christine, Jacques Denis, Lepiece Brice, Dubois Thomas (Belgium)
SSRI versus SNRI with and without AAS in Major Depressive Disorder
6. Anna Makeever (Cambridge, UK)- Poster
Epidemiology of Depression
7. Adam Włodarczyk, Joanna Szarmach , Wiesław Jerzy Cubała, Mariusz Stanisław Wiglusz (Poland) Benzodiazepines in combination with antipsychotic drugs for schizophrenia: GABA-ergic targeted therapy
8.Monika Czarnowska-Cubała, Adam Włodarczyk, Joanna Szarmach, Katarzyna Gwoździewicz, Joanna Pieńkowska, Mariusz S. Wiglusz, Wiesław Jerzy Cubała (D, E) Krzysztof Krysta (Poland)
Neurosyphilis – the white matter disintegration? –two case reports
1930 Dinner Clare College Great Hall

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Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge (BCMHR-CU)
University of Cambridge
Clare College, Cambridge
East London Foundation NHS Trust (ELFT)
Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation NHS Trust (CPFT)
European Psychiatric Association (EPA)
Catholic University of Louvein, Belgium
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Organising Committee:
Dr Mark Agius
Dr Rashid Zaman
Dr Nadeem Mazi-Kotwal
Dr Ahmed Hankir
Dr Manaan Kar-Ray
Prof. Ed Bullmore

Venue 2017

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