Satellite meeting of the 2017 ESCAP Congress – Geneva, 7-8 July

ESCAP Research Academy workshop

The 2017 Research Academy meeting of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) will take place just before the ESCAP international congress (9-11 July, Geneva, Switzerland). The aims of our biennial meetings are to promote research excellence and collaborative work among young clinical scientists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
The ESCAP Research Academy wishes to support early careers by promoting training, encouraging collaborations and by providing a forum to share experiences with senior world leading researchers in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology.

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Development after early life adversity

Our next meeting on “Development after early life adversity” focusses on the effects of child deprivation and abuse, which have implications for almost all psychiatric disorders and cognitive and emotional functioning. Four international experts in the field of child trauma present their work with a special highlight on research methodology, thus rendering attendance well worthwhile for early career investigators, who are not directly involved in research related to early life adversity. Longitudinal cohort studies and animal models of early stress represent core themes.

Methodological challenges
In his introductory lecture titled “Studying the long-term effects of early adversity on human development: Methodological challenges and the limits of causal inference” Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke provides an in-depth insight into the results of longitudinal studies.
A lecture from Professor Gordon Harold introduces novel research designs to 'disentangle' genetic from early rearing influences on children's psychopathology (i.e., conduct problems, ADHD and depression): “Family relationship influences on children's psychopathology: the nature of nurture”.
Professor Johannes Hebebrand will provide an overview of important findings from genetic studies and discuss their implications from both a clinical and research perspective in a lecture titled : "The molecular genetic dissection of mental disorders”.
Advantages and disadvantages of animal models for early stress are discussed by Professor Carmen Sandi: “The impact of early life stress on the development of psychopathologies: Lessons from rodent studies”.
This 2-day meeting will be chaired by Paul Klauser, Alexis Revet, Mercedes Huscsava and Professor Johannes Hebebrand, editor-in-chief of ECAP journal and head of ESCAP Research Academy. A preliminary program will be available soon on the ESCAP website.

Application is now closed – the meeting is fully booked. Twenty applicants have been selected. Any enquiries should be sent to: