Prof. Helmut Remschmidt, MD, PhD

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany

Helmut E. Remschmidt, Professor for Child Psychiatry, MD, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, FRCPsych. Honorary President of IACAPAP

Former Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Philipps-University, Marburg (Germany) from 1980-2006; since Oct 1, 2006, Professor emeritus.

Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Neurology at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1975 to 1980. Special Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham/U.K. (1993-1996). President of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) (1995-1999). President of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) from 1998 to 2004. Scientific Director of the WPA Global Presidential Program on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, carried out in cooperation with IACAPAP and WHO (2003-2005).

Awards: Many awards, among them the Max Planck- Award for International Cooperation(1999).

Publications: More than 600 articles in scientific journals and book chapters in several languages. Author, co-author and editor of more than 50 books in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health. Editor and co-editor of several scientific journals.

Guest Researcher and Invited Lecturer at many universities in Europe, Israel, Africa, USA, China, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Thailand, Korea, and Australia.

Prof. Bruno Falissard, MD, PhD

Department of Public Health, Paul Brousse Hospital, Université Paris-Sud, France

After some initial training in mathematics and fundamental physics (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris), Bruno Falissard engaged in medical studies and specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1991. His PhD was in biostatistics and his post doc in psychometrics and exploratory multimensional methods. He was assistant professor in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1996-1997, associate professor in Public Health in 1997-2002 and full professor in Public health from 2002. He is at the head of the Master in Public Health of South-Paris University (600 students) and at the head of the “Center of Epidemiology and Population Health” (400 members). He is co-author of about 400 papers and author of 4 books. He has a clinical activity in child and adolescent psychiatry. His personal areas of research are about methodology and epistemology of mental health research. Since 2015 he is the president of IACAPAP (International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions) and member of the French Academy of Medicine.

Prof. Per-Anders Rydelius, MD, PhD

Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Senior Professor /Consultant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm County Council, Stockholm, Sweden.1971, MD; 1978  Specialist diploma in CAP; 1981 Ph.D. , Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. – Thesis: “Children of alcoholic fathers – Their social adjustment and their health status over 20 years”. Acta Paed Scandinavica Suppl 286, 1981. 1982, Associate professor  and 1989 –  2012, Professor, Chairman, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. Summer 1994, visiting professor at the research program on juvenile delinquency run by Professor Felton Earls, Harvard School of Public health, Boston, Ma. USA . Sept 2003 – Jan 2004: Guest professor at the Nagoya University Center for Developmental Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, Director: Professor Shuji Honjo, Nagoya, Japan, 2007-2012, Guest professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China.

1982-1990, Vice president and President of the Swedish Association for child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1983-2002, Secretary and Chariman , the Swedish Medical Research Council’s Planning Group for Child and Adolescent and Social Pediatric Research. 2005-2013 Scientific Reviewer – The Swedish Council of Sciences. 2004 – 2014, Secr General, President and vice President of IACAPAP, the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.

Supervised 21 Ph.D.- exams and 5 1991-2012. More than 170 articles and chapters in peer reviewed scientific journals, other journals and textbooks.

Prof. Petrus J De Vries, MD, PhD

Centre for Autism Research; Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Petrus de Vries is the Sue Struengmann Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of the Centre for Autism Research in Africa and the Adolescent Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. He trained in Medicine at Stellenbosch University in South Africa before moving to the UK where he completed his clinical training in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and a PhD in Developmental Neuropsychiatry at the University of Cambridge.

Prof de Vries returned to South Africa in 2012 with the main purpose of building research and research capacity in Child & Adolescent Mental Health in Africa. He organized and led the 2013 Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar in Stellenbosch, South Africa and was vice-chairman of the Scientific Committee for the 2014 IACAPAP congress, held in Durban, South Africa. In 2015 he was elected onto the IACAPAP Executive Committee to co-lead future Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminars with Prof Per-Anders Rydelius from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Prof de Vries is chairman of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes (SSBP), an international, interdisciplinary research organization, and is on the WHO ICF-CY steering group for autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, under the chairmanship of Prof Sven Bolte. He is a scientific advisor to a number of international organisations in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

Assist. Prof. Michal Goetz, MD, PhD

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Motol University Hospital, Charles University, Prague Czech Republic

Michal Goetz, MD, PhD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Charles University, Second Faculty of Medicine in Prague and the head of the Diagnostic Unit at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Motol University Hospital in Prague. He is an elected member of the board in the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Czech Psychiatric Association. Dr. Goetz as a principal investigator and co-investigator obtained peer reviewed research grants on offspring of parents with bipolar disorder, children with neurodevelopmental disorders and preterm born infants. Dr. Goetz authored and co-authored over 30 scientific articles and four book chapters. He is a member of editorial boards of pediatric and mental health scientific journals. He is very grateful for the opportunity to gain experiences during observerships at the Boston Children's Hospital and at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 2016 he spent time as a visiting professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary.

Prof. Michal Hrdlička, MD, PhD

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Motol University Hospital, Charles University, Prague Czech Republic

Michal Hrdlicka, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department of Child Psychiatry at the Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic. He received his M.D. from the Masaryk University Medical School in Brno (1989) and his Ph.D. from the Charles University First Faculty of Medicine in Prague (1996). He has published more than 200 scientific publications. He was the main author or editor of six Czech language monographs and textbooks: Dementias and Memory Disorders (1999), Electroconvulsive Therapy (1999), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2000, 2nd ed. 2008), Childhood Autism (2004, 2nd ed. 2014), Mid-life Crisis: Problems and Chances (2006), and Psychiatry and Pedopsychiatry (2015). In 1998, Dr. Hrdlicka launched the first systematic diagnostic program for autism spectrum disorders in the Czech Republic.

Assoc. Prof. Radek Ptáček, PhD et PhD

Department of Psychiatry, General Teaching Hospital,Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Radek Ptacek is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of medical psychology. His primary clinical and research interest is focused on children and adolescents. He works at the Department of Psychiatry, 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University as a clinical psychologist, researcher and a member of Ph.D. committee. He has been an investigator or co-investigator of numerous scientific research grants and projects in the social sector. Most of the current research focuses on ADHD and developmental issues of children in foster and institutional care.

He is a founder of a nonprofit organization the National Institute for Children and Family and the Czech Society for Child Psychology. He has been a member of the editorial boards of several journals - Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Medical Science Monitor, Neuroendocrinology Letters.

Assist. Prof. Mabel V. Rodriguez, PhD

National Institute of Mental Health, Klecany, Czech Republic

Dr. M. Rodríguez is a licensed clinical psychologist. As senior researcher, she leads a research group on Neurocognition at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). At the same time she acts as clinical psychologist in her own clinical practice. Her experience is mainly on neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders and psychotic disorders. She actively participates in leadership, planning, organization and implementation of national and international research. Systematically investigates long-term cognitive function (its deficit and remediation options) in neuropsychiatric disorders, and in bilingualism.

Dr. Rodriguez studied psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, at Charles University, finished his residence in clinical psychology and is registered with the Ministry of Health. For several years she worked as an assistant clinical psychology at the Department of Psychology Faculty of Arts, with which she still works closely, leading many research opportunities for pre-graduate, and post-graduate students of psychology, and also provides professional supervision for graduated psychologist. She also worked as clinical psychologist at the Psychiatric Centre of Prague (now NIMH) and for the Crisis Centre of Bohnice psychiatric hospital, and also for the SOS villages in selecting adoptive mothers. She is author and co-author of numerous publications. Dr. Rodriguez speaks fluently Spanish, Czech, English, and Greek.

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