Maastricht 2022

An ESCAP Communication summarizing the 2022 Research Academy is now published in our ECAP journal: The 2022 ESCAP Research Academy Workshop: New Perspectives on Eating Disorders.

The 2022 Research Academy meeting of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) took place in Maastricht the 17-18th of June, just prior to the ESCAP main Congress (19th-21st June, Maastricht, Netherlands).

The aims of our annual meetings are to promote research excellence and collaborative work among young clinician-scientists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP). 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 psychiatry.

The meeting focused on “New perspectives for research and clinical practice in eating disorders”. Four international experts in the field of child and adolescent mental health presented their work.

  • Janet Treasure gave an introductory lecture entitled "Compare and contrast rather than transdiagnostic as the new paradigm for aetiological models of eating disorders”. Find out more about Janet.
  • Esther Via Virgili presented on "Neural correlates of eating disorders”. Find out more about Esther.
  • Johannes Hebebrand presented on “Anorexia nervosa viewed as an aberrant adaptation to starvation: implications for treatment”. Find out more about Johannes.
  • Bruno Falissard concluded on “Epistemological reflections on eating disorders: implications for research and clinical practice". Find out more about Bruno. 

This 2-day meeting was chaired by two clinician-scientists, Dr Paul Klauser and Dr Alexis Revet, and by Professor Johannes Hebebrand, editor-in-chief of European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry (ECAP) and head of the ESCAP Research Division. Attendees are asked to collaborate within a network after the meeting to tackle a research question at the European level (see some examples here: Revet et al. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatr 2018; Barrett et al. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatr 2020; Revet et al. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2021a ; Revet et al. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2021b).

Requirements for participation are the following:
  • < 40 years old;
  • Trainee or < 5 years after completion of training in child and adolescent psychiatry or child and adolescent clinical psychology;
  • Ideally but not a strict requirement: At least one first-authored paper published or in press in a peer-reviewed journal indexed in Pubmed;
  • Submission of an abstract for a short presentation of your research at the Research Academy meeting;
  • Submission of a cover letter highlighting your academic perspectives;
  • Fluency in English.