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21st Congress of the College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2008, Spain
Date:7/8/2008

The enormous burden and amount of suffering associated with mental disorders represent one of the biggest challenges for health care systems in Europe today. This challenge is marked by the immense scope and costs of mental disorders. Important factors are their persistent increase due to an aging population, the rapid socioeconomic changes currently taking place, and, finally, the large unmet treatment needs, combined with insufficient awareness of their existence and significance. There is a compelling need to improve the life of people suffering from mental disorders and to assert the importance of a scientific approach to the disease manifestations, causes and treatments.

The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) is a unique and remarkably broad interdisciplinary platform which strongly emphasises translational research with the aim to apply new knowledge on fundamental disease mechanisms to clinical applications and vice versa. This approach takes into account the context in which mental health care is operating. ECNP bridges the gap between basic research, clinical science and medical practice, paving the way for improved pharmacological treatments, which will improve the quality of life of millions of people suffering from mental disorders.

Mental health in Europe

Mental and behavioural disorders are present at all ages and across different cultures and population groups and are major causes of disability worldwide. In the European Union (EU) over 80 million people of all ages are estimated to suffer from mental disorders and more than one third of the EU population is, or has been, affected by at least one disorder in the last twelve months; based on lifetime risk, the figure is even higher, with 50% of the population being affected (Wittchen et al., 2005). Mental disorders are often characterized by an onset early in life and an unfavourable long-term course of the illness, with adverse effects on school per
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Contact: Sonja Mak
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43-140-55734
European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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