Thursday, November 9
Joop de Jong, MD, PhD
Professor of Medical Anthropology, Dept. of Public Health & Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Honorary Professor, the Children's Institute, School of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Joop de Jong, MD, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry at VU University, and Emeritus Visiting Professor of Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and senior researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). He was the founder and director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), which provided mental health and psychosocial services in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Until today programs of TPO often operate in armed conflict areas and complex humanitarian emergencies. Joop de Jong worked part-time with immigrants and refugees in the Netherlands. Over the past decades he was involved in global mental health by integrating insights from public mental health, psychotherapy, psychiatry, anthropology and epidemiology in community interventions in a variety of cultures, on which he (co)authored and (co)edited 300 papers, chapters and books.
Friday, November 10
Kenneth S. Kendler, MD
Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Human Genetics, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Dr. Kendler received his medical and psychiatric training at Stanford and Yale University, respectively. Since 1983, he has been engaged in studies of the genetics of psychiatric and substance use disorders, including schizophrenia, major depression, alcoholism, personality disorders and drug abuse and dependence. He has utilized methods ranging from family studies, to large-sample population-based twin and adoption studies to molecular genetic studies including linkage, association, GWAS and sequencing aimed at identifying specific genes that influence the vulnerability to schizophrenia, alcoholism, depression, personality disorders and nicotine dependence. Data collection for these studies has been completed in Virginia, Ireland, England, China, Norway, Finland and Sweden. He has published over 1,000 articles, has received a number of national and international awards for his work, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, is Editor of Psychological Medicine. He has been actively involved in DSM-III-R, DSM-IV and DSM-5 where he chaired the Scientific Review Committee and currently is Vice-Chair of the APA DSM Steering Committee. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.
On a personal note, Dr. Kendler is married to Susan Ann Miller, a family practitioner, and has three children: Jennifer, 36, a graduate with an MFA in Photography from the Art Institute of Chicago, Seth, 35, an Emergency Medicine Physician and Nathan, 27, a Graduate Student in history at NYU.
Saturday, November 11
Christine Heim, PhD
Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology Charité, Germany
Prof. Christine Heim is the Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité. She is also a Member of the Cluster of Excellence Neurocure at Charité in Berlin as well as Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Member of the Network on Child Maltreatment Solutions at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Heim’s research is focused on the neurobiological consequences of early-life trauma and their relationship to the development of depression, anxiety, and functional somatic disorders. She has authored or coauthored more than 100 articles and chapters. The impact of her work is acknowledged in more than 20,000 citations (H Index: 52 Google Scholar). She is the recipient of more than 10 honors and awards, including the 2004 Chaim Danieli Young Professional Award
of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the 2007 Curt P. Richter Award
of the International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology, and the 2015 Patricia Barchas Award in Sociophysiology
of the American Psychosomatic Society. She is an elected as a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. In 2015, she was elected into the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
, one of the highest scientific honors in Germany. She is the recipient of multiple federal grants and foundation grants, and she serves on numerous national and international scientific review committees regarding research on the consequences of childhood trauma.
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