Renowned Keynote Speakers

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.

Jutta Allmendinger
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 Time Magazine as one of The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today.

Tom Craig
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.

Katrin Amunts
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.

Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg
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.

Stefan Priebe
The expert in Social and Community Psychiatry is Professor at the London Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine. He will enrich the programme with his Lecture “Where might psychiatry go?”

Sabine C. Herpertz
How do traumas and mental illness affect the relationship between parents and their child? Sabine C. Herpertz, a member of the DGPPN Executive Committee, will consider this question in her lecture at the congress. The Director of the Department of General Psychiatry at Heidelberg University Hospital is a recognised expert in the field of personality disorders, where she also studies emotion regulation.

David M. Clark
The British Professor and Chair of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford is one of Great Britain’s most renowned experts in the field of psychotherapy and care research and will be a guest the DGPPN Congress. As part of the pioneering British project “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)”, a stepped-care programme was developed for people with depression and anxiety disorders that simultaneously allowed the efficacy of the applied treatments to be evaluated. In his presentation Dr. Clark will talk about the economic arguments for making psychotherapy more widely accessible.

Merete Nordentoft
In her lecture Merete Nordentoft will talk about the achievements and future prospects of early intervention in psychoses. She will thereby emphasise the crucial role of early interventions through team-based, intensive case management that involves family members. She will present pertinent study results and discuss the immense importance of intervening in risk groups during the premorbid phase of the disease.

Manfred Lütz
Doctor, philosopher, theologian and bestselling author: Manfred Lütz is the senior consultant at the Alexianer Hospital in Cologne, has written several books and is also a cabaret artist. At the congress he will give a lecture entitled "Bluff – a cheerful psychology of false worlds" in which he will use his skills as a cabaret artist to describe why it really is a serious issue, from a psychological perspective, that we are increasingly living in artificial worlds.

Ulrike Bingel
The neurologist is one of Germany’s top researchers. She studies information processing in the human pain system. In her lecture at the DGPPN Congress she will talk about her latest findings on the psychoneurobiology of placebo and nocebo reactions and draw conclusions for pharmacotherapy and our daily clinical practice.

Klaus Dörre
The Professor of Economic Sociology is known among other things for his critical examination of the challenges that digitisation and automation pose to living and working conditions in Germany. In his lecture, he will address the social causes of precarity, look at poverty and stigmatisation in this context and build a bridge to the effects on mental health.

Heiner Fangerau
The Head of the Department of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine at the University Hospital Dusseldorf will give a lecture on the topic of brain research in the era of National Socialism. His research priorities include the history and ethics of medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of medical diagnostics, historical network analyses in medicine and medical ethics questions of the 21st century. He is also a member of the Leopoldina, the Germany National Academy of Sciences.

Swaran Singh
In his presentation, the Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at the University of Warwick will address issues of transitional psychiatry and present the latest results of his important research in the field. The title of his keynote lecture is “From early intervention to transition: evidence-based reform of youth mental health services”.

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