In recent years the DGPPN Congress has established itself as a central forum for psychiatry and psychotherapy. This year leading figures from research, science, politics and society have again agreed to participate.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn
The topic ‘mental health’ has gained the attention of policymakers, who now recognise mental illness and dementia as widespread health problems. Consequently, according to the coalition agreement health policymakers want to work hard to improve the care of people with mental illness. In his welcome address at the opening ceremony of the congress, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn will talk about what needs to be done.
The sociologist and president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center will talk about values and desires, hopes and concerns both in the here and now and for the future. Against the background of her large-scale “Legacy study” she will shed light on questions of family, career, health and technology and describe how people in Germany imagine their future.
Frans B. M. de Waal
The Dutch/American biologist and primatologist is known for his work on the behaviour and social intelligence of primates. In his talk he will review expressions of empathy in animals, which ranges from a core mechanism of emotional linkage to higher levels of perspective-taking and targeted helping. He will also discuss the sense of fairness in animals, and other signs of highly developed cooperation. In 2007, de Waal was selected by TimeMagazine as one of The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today.
The Professor of Social Psychiatry heads the AVATAR Research Team at King’s College London. At the DGPPN Congress he will talk about the use of Avatar programmes to treat acoustic hallucinations in psychotic patients.
The Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at the Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the leading experts in brain mapping and will speak at the congress about her current findings.
The Director of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim studies the brain mechanisms that determine human social behaviour. At the DGPPN congress he will give a presentation entitled “Social interactions: risk and resilience for mental illness”. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg is a member of the Executive Committee of the DGPPN.
The expert in Social and Community Psychiatry is Professor at the London Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine. He focusses on social interactions and values in psychiatric care and will enrich the programme with his remarkable expertise in this field.