A reflection on today‘s environment for child and adolescent psychiatric research

ECAP's continuous march for science

March for science
"Science is under attack." At the 25th anniversary of European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry (ECAP), professor Johannes Hebebrand puts the official ESCAP journal and its research into the context of upcoming populism, globalization, increased homeschooling, and more. ECAP's editor-in-chief refers to the international March for Science (April 22, 2017) and does not refrain from self-criticism when reviewing the role and purpose of scientific researchers and their journals. Read Hebebrand's statement.
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ESCAP 2017 Congress
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  • Congress theme: Transition

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  • Congress programme


    Free scientific journal for Geneva 2017 delegates

    Every delegate to the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva qualifies for a free 2-year online subscription to ECAP, the official scientific journal of ESCAP. Registrants to the Geneva congress can apply for the free subscription until congress days. Deadline for registration is 12 July 2017.
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    "Double standard for access to mental health care"

    “Imagine if people with cancer or heart disease were told: ‘It’s not serious enough, come back later when it is worse’. We are talking about a massive double standard here between mental illness and somatic illness.”
    Professor Patrick McGorry (Melbourne, Australia) takes an activist point of view on the access of young people to mental health services. Specifically in their transition from youth to adulthood, adolescents with mental health problems often meet the care system at its weakest. McGorry will present a keynote lecture at ESCAP 2017, Geneva. Read the interview (English / français / Deutsch).



    Mood problems: the person-centred approach

    Professor Patrick Luyten (Leuven, London), keynote speaker at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva, pleads for a more person-centred approach of mood problems in young people, a greater focus on developmental factors and underlying vulnerability, and less parent blaming. Read the interview.


    The long-term effects of bullying

    Dieter WolkeBullying has underestimated long-term effects into adulthood on depression, anxiety disorder, increased self-harm, increased suicide, and psychotic symptoms.
    Professor Dieter Wolke (University of Warwick, UK) reveals the huge impact that bullying by peers and siblings can have on children's mental health. He will perform a keynote lecture at the ESCAP 2017 conference in Geneva. Read the interview in English, en français, auf Deutsch.

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    Growing up poor: a high-risk transition

    Maria Melchior, keynote at ESCAP 2017

    Inequality is related to the onset of mental health problems, confirms Maria Melchior, member of ERES, the prominent social epidemiology research team of the collaborating Paris universities. Melchior is a keynote lecturer at the ESCAP 2017 Congress about Social inequalities in children’s mental health. Read the interview in English, French or German and learn about her answers to the high risks of low socioeconomic status (SES). 


    "Dazugehören": immediate help for refugee children

    Jörg Fegert at ESCAP 2017 GenevaImmediate help for refugee children who need it and research into understanding their needs. These are two of the current missions of professor Jörg Fegert (Ulm, Germany), renowned specialist in child abuse and traumatisation. ‘Dazugehören’ (Being part of it) is the title of his keynote lecture at the March 2017 DGKJP Kongress (Ulm, Germany), and at the July 2017 ESCAP Congress (Geneva). Read the interview in English, French or German.


    World Awareness for Children in Trauma

    World Awareness for Children in Trauma (WACIT) has finished its second phase to a fundraising campaign on six continents in six weeks. The 6x6 traveled Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Brazil, Kenya and Tanzania. Professor Panos Vostanis (University of Leicester, UK) visited charities to train staff and volunteers in helping children in trauma. Training workshops were combined with sports events with the charities and children living in slums, favelas, disadvantaged communities, or who are homeless. Read his report. Professor Vostanis will also report on the WACIT 6x6 as a state-of-the-art speaker at the ESCAP 2017 Congres.


    Charman: study on reducing autism "very promising"

    Tony CharmanProfessor Tony Charman (King’s College London) says he aims “to make differences between trajectories and try to divert children from a pathway where they would possibly go on to develop autism, to a more typical outcome”. As a keynote speaker at the ESCAP 2017 Congress, Charman will present his “very promising” study on the effects of early intervention on reducing autism. Read the interview in EnglishFrench or German.


    Transition to adulthood and mental health problems: too hard to cope with

    Dr Eva Lindgren's most recent study shows that being a parent to a young adult with mental illness in transition to adulthood can be an unbearable burden. “Too hard to cope with.” Lindgren (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden) will present her findings from the nursing angle at the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva. 
    Read the interview.


    Bernard Golse on joint therapies and interactive guidance

    Bernard Golse (AEPEA)The president of AEPEA (L’Association Européenne de Psychopathologie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent), professor Bernard Golse, will perform a state of the art lecture at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva. Read more.

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    Tourette syndrome: newest findings on treatment and pathophysiology

    At the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva, Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra (Netherlands) will perform a state-of-the-art lecture, titled: Tourette syndrome: an update on newest findings on treatment and pathophysiology.
    Read the Pieter Hoekstra interview.

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    Online Congress Planner now available

    The ESCAP 2017 online Congress Planner is now available. This service for delegates to the Geneva congress (9-11 July) contains all details of the congress programme, such as session topics, times and rooms, abstracts and direct links to the background information on this website. The Congress Planner was developed by Organizers Switzerland Ltd (Basel). Download the desktop version or the Mobile Congress Planner

  • MAY 2017 ISSUE

    ECAP journal welcomes Asian research articles

    Most child and adolescent psychiatry research came from the western world, until recently. “But extrapolating these results without any comparable regional data is unlikely to present a true global picture”, say Andre Souhander and Roshan Chudal (University of Turku, Finland) in their editorial for this month’s ECAP journal. They welcome the rise of Asian youth psychiatry research, as represented in this ECAP issue by Chinese and Taiwanese studies. The editorial encourages further development of international research. View all contents.


    Research Academy 2017 Geneva meeting fully booked

    ESCAP Research Academy
    The ESCAP Research Academy 2017 meeting is fully booked. Twenty participants will be selected before the end of March for the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2017 ESCAP Research Academy meeting will take place just before the ESCAP international congress. The aims of the Research Academy's biennial meetings are to promote research excellence and collaborative work among young clinical scientists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Read more.

  • Fonagy: ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder

    Professor Peter Fonagy wrote an ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder in adolescence. This "research review with implications for clinical practice" was published in the November issue of the ECAP Journal.
    View Peter Fonagy's 100+ slides presentation, read the interview or watch his comments on video.


    "High level priority" for youth mental health research

    ROAMER research Roadmap
    The ROAMER consortium has published its important final recommendations on European mental health research. The end report (Roadmap) assigned the number one “high level priority” to “research into mental disorder prevention, mental health promotion and interventions in children, adolescents and young adults.” Read more.


    Prevention of suicidal behaviour in adolescents

    “The idea is to try and encourage adolescents and children to feel more free about asking for help”, says Dr Alan Apter of Schneider Children's Medical Center, Petach Tikva (Israel). Read the exclusive Alan Apter interview on ESCAP’s research pages, including abstracts and original presentations, backgrounds, and publications.