Norman Sartorius: keynote speaker on policy at the ESCAP 2015 Congress

Professor Norman SartoriusDr Norman Sartorius MD PhD specialized in neurology and psychiatry and subsequently obtained a Masters degree and a Doctorate in psychology. He carried out clinical work and research and taught at graduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Zagreb, at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, at the University of Geneva and elsewhere.
Sartorius joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1967 and soon assumed charge of the programme of epidemiology and in social psychiatry. He was the principal investigator of several major international studies on schizophrenia, depression and health service delivery. He was responsible for the WHO’s work on the classification of mental and neurological disorders.
In 1977, he became the first director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until mid-1993. In June 1993 Professor Sartorius was elected president of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and served as its President until August 1999.  Subsequently he became president of the Association of European Psychiatrists (EAP) a position held until December 2001. He is the president of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and a member of the Geneva Prize Foundation having been its president from 2004 to 2008. Dr Sartorius holds professorial appointments at the Universities of London, Prague and Zagreb and at several other universities in the USA and China. Professor Sartorius has published more than 400 articles in scientific journals, authored or co-authored books and edited a number of others.

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