Programme Overview

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COVID-19 has created ongoing distress and wrecked the lives of many around the world, making it all the more important for us to protect and promote the mental health and development of children and adolescents during this global crisis. After much consideration and planning, we are glad to announce that IACAPAP 2020 will be going VIRTUAL!

The virtual edition of the 24th World Congress of IACAPAP will be held from 2 – 4 December 2020. Themed Starting from the Beginning - Laying the Foundation for Lifelong Mental Health, this three-day virtual congress will cover issues that are close to our hearts, as well as emerging trends and topics of interests to the adolescent and child psychiatry community.

We stay committed to providing continuing professional education for the IACAPAP community and there will be so much to learn from a line-up of potentially more than 100 international and regional speakers virtually.

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Tentative Programme Overview

SG Time
(GMT +8)
Day 1
2 Dec 2020
US Time
(GMT -5)
Day 2
3 Dec 2020
EU Time
Day 3
4 Dec 2020
0800 – 0830 Opening Ceremony 0800 – 0845 Plenary 4: Gabrielle Carlson 0800 – 0845 Plenary 7: Olayinka Omigbodun
0830 – 0930 Keynote: Michael Meaney 0845 – 0930 Plenary 5: James Hudziak 0845 – 0945 Symposium sessions 1 – 12
0930 – 1015 Plenary 1: Valsamma Eapen 0930 – 0945 Break 0945 – 1000 Break
1015 – 1115 Symposium sessions 1 – 11 0945 – 1045 Symposium sessions 1 – 12 1000 – 1100 Symposium sessions 13 – 24
1115 – 1145 Sponsor Symposium 1045 – 1115 Sponsor Symposium 1100 – 1130 Sponsor Symposium
1145 – 1200 Break 1115 – 1130 Break 1130 – 1145 Break
1200 – 1300 Symposium sessions 12 – 23 1130 – 1230 Symposium sessions 13 – 24 1145 – 1230 State of the Art Lectures 10 – 13
1300 – 1315 Break 1230 – 1245 Break 1230 – 1245 Break
1315 – 1400 State of the Art Lectures 1 – 4 1245 – 1330 State of the Art Lectures 5 – 9 1245 – 1345 Lecture and Closing Remarks
1400 – 1445 Plenary 2: Eric Chen 1330 – 1415 Plenary 6: Guilherme V. Polanczyk    
1445 – 1530 Plenary 3: Michael Hong        
Symposium, Oral and Poster Library

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Join us at the IACAPAP 2020 Free Webinar

In view of the congress postponement, the organisers would like to invite all to attend this free webinar for the community of child and adolescent psychiatry and allied professions, to be held on 20 July 2020 from 19:00 – 21:00 hours (GMT+8).

Join us to hear international child and adolescent psychiatrists share their insights and experiences dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting impact on child and adolescent mental healthcare as we evolve through this unprecedented crisis.

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Time (GMT +8) Session Description
7.00pm - 7.05pm Opening Remarks Ong Say How
Chairman of IACAPAP 2020

7.05pm - 7.15pm Session 1 Chairperson
Jing Liu

Professor and Director of the Mental Health Center for Children
Institute of Mental Health, Peking University, China
7.15pm - 7.35pm Topic 1 Kim Bung-Nyun
Professor and Director of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Seoul National University Hospital, South Korea
"Our efforts of prevention and intervention for the Child Mental health problems in the time of school closure in Korea"
7.35pm - 7.55pm Topic 2 Suzan J Song
Co-founder of Physician Support Line (COVID-19 Response)
George Washington University Medical Cente, United States of America
"Impact of COVID19 on refugee and migrant children"
7.55pm - 8.15pm Topic 3 Guilherme V Polanczyk
Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of São Paulo Medical School, Brazil
"Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare in a pandemic: The Brazilian Experience"
8.15pm - 8.45pm Session 2: Panel Discussion Moderator
Daniel Fung

President of IACAPAP
Institute of Mental Health, Singapore
Panel Discussion and Q&A Panelists

  1. Nick Kowalenko
    University of Sydney, Australia
  2. Olayinka Omigbodun
    Professor of Psychiatry and Pioneer Director
    University of Ibadan's Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH), Nigeria
  3. Bruno Falissard
    Director of CESP/INSERM U1018
    Université Paris-Sud, France
8.45pm - 8.55pm Closing Remarks Daniel Fung
President of IACAPAP
Institute of Mental Health, Singapore