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23rd ECNP Congress: Europe's largest scientific meeting on mental health
Date:9/9/2010

sorder, rather than as direct causes of disorder per se."

  • Circadian rhythms: their role and dysfunction in affective disorders: "Biological clocks play a major role in the pathophysiology of affective disorders," Professor Anna Wirz-Justice of the Psychiatric University Clinics in Basel, Switzerland, pointed out, noting that synchronising impaired circadian rhythms, improving sleep, or paradoxically staying awake most of the night can be extremely helpful in treating patients with depression and bipolar disorder.

  • The neural basis of the depressive self: In the general population, depression is still frequently associated with bad life style, impairment of volition and 'psychological weakness'. However, the results of brain imaging studies clearly have confirmed that depression is a true brain disease associated with dysfunction of specific brain regions involved in cognitive control and emotional response, explained Professor Philippe Fossati from the University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris, France.

    Further highlights were the presentation of the ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award to Kaj Blennow, Sweden, for his pioneering research into Alzheimers disease; and the ECNP Lifetime Achievement Award to Moussa B. H. Youdim, Israel, for his innovative and lasting contribution to the field of neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric drug development.

    The 23rd ECNP Congress 2010 in Amsterdam marked ECNP's ongoing commitment to alleviating the burden and suffering associated with mental disorders and disorders of the brain in general and maintaining Europe's outstanding tradition of neuropsychopharmacological science.


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  • Contact: Sonja Mak
    s.mak@update.europe.at
    431-405-5734
    European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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