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24th ECNP Congress: The most promising data from research across brain disorders

On behalf of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) we are pleased to invite you to the press conferences of the largest annual scientific meeting on neuroscience, brain disorders, and mental health in Europe, the 24th ECNP Congress in Paris.

The ECNP Congress attracts more than 7,000 psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists and neuroscience researchers from across the world to discuss the latest advances in brain research and their implications for clinical practice, and its high-calibre programme provides a good opportunity for reporting developments of major public health importance.

The topics of the press conferences, which have been selected with an eye on their public health appeal, will feature exciting research findings as well as novel pharmacological approaches and their impact on patients quality of life.

Renowned experts from research centres in France, the United Kingdom and Germany will present the following topics:

  • The emotional brain in youth: how to diagnose and treat mood disorders in children and adolescents
    Professor David Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., France
    Sunday, 4 September 2011, from 10.00-10.45, Passy, Palais des Congrs de Paris

    Professor Cohen from the famous Piti-Salptrire hospital in Paris will briefly review the diagnostic issues and controversies surrounding bipolar disorder in youth as well as focus on the typical form of bipolar disorder in adolescents and its therapeutic approach.

  • The ECNP Networks Initiative (ENI): Innovative approaches in bipolar disorders
    Professor Guy M. Goodwin, FRCPsych, FMedSci, United Kingdom
    Sunday, 4 September 2011, from 15.00-15.45, Passy, Palais des Congrs de Paris

    Professor Goodwin will highlight a multicentre European collaboration establishing a data collection of more than 10.000 patients for conducting studies into the main psychiatric conditions, which will represent a dramatic source of new findings.

  • Size and burden of disorders of the brain in Europe - an update
    Professor Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, MD, PhD, Germany
    Monday, 5 September 2011, from 11.15-12.00, Passy, Palais des Congrs de Paris

    Professor Wittchen from the Technische Universitaet Dresden, and Vice-president of ECNP will present on behalf of the joint ECNP-EBC Task Force the latest 2011 update on prevalence, burden and cost of mental disorders in Europe. This represents an extended and updated version of our previous size and burden document (ref. European Neuropsychopharmacology 15 (2005) Special issue.)

Each press conference will be moderated by an expert of ECNP.

Please note: the press conferences will be held in English, no translation(s) will be provided.

For detailed information, please refer to the enclosed press procedures and the press registration form.

Please note: participation in the congress is free of charge for journalists but requires registration.

You can register for the 24th ECNP Congress by submitting your registration form via

For more information on the 24th ECNP Congress, please visit the ECNP Congress website

For your convenience, a press kit highlighting specific aspects of the 24th ECNP Congress as well as general background information on both ECNP and the ECNP Congresses will be available at the congress site.

We hope that the 24th ECNP Congress will attract your interest and that you may join us in our efforts to enhance brain health and to promote better treatment.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Paris.


Contact: Sonja Mak
European College of Neuropsychopharmacology

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