Professor Eapen is Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UNSW Sydney, Head of the Academic Unit of Child Psychiatry South West Sydney (AUCS), and Director of BestSTART South West Sydney child health unit. She started her academic career at University College London after completing her graduate training in India and postgraduate training in Child Psychiatry through the Great Ormond Street Hospital Training Scheme, London, and PhD research at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, University of London. Her clinical and research interests centre on issues of early development and neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome and autism. She has authored around 300 scientific publications. She is a member of several international consortiums including Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Genetics Collaborative, Homozygosity Mapping Collaborative for Autism and Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. She is part of several collaborative grants with over $30 million in funding including from National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), and Co-operative Research Centre for autism where she is a Program Director. She leads the Clinical Academic Group on “Early Life Determinants of Health (ELDoH)” under the Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), an NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC).
Cecilia A. Essau is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, and Director of Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Roehampton, UK. She is also a scientific advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime project on “Treatnet Family Intervention” for adolescents with drug use disorders.
Prof Essau, born and raised in Sarawak, obtained her undergraduate and Master of Arts degree from Lakehead University (Canada), PhD from the University of Konstanz (Germany), and “Habilitation” (requirement to apply for tenure-track full professorships in Germany) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bremen (Germany).
Prof Essau has Visiting Chairs at numerous universities, including the Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Flinders University, the Florey Medical Research Foundation Mental Health Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide, and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at De La Salle University. In 2011, she was made Fellow of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her contribution to the field of Psychology. Cecilia is also Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
She is the author of 230 articles, and is the author/editor of 21 books in the area of youth mental health.
Prof Christel Middeldorp has a conjoint appointment with the Child Health Research Centre (CHRC), UQ, and Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services (CHQ HHS). She is also affiliated with the Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The large burden of disease by mental disorders is partly due to the sometimes chronic course. Her aim is to improve prognosis by providing targeted treatment for children and families at high risk for persistent symptoms. To that end, her research focuses on 1) improving recognition of children that are at higher risk for a chronic course and, following up on these findings 2) developing targeted treatment to prevent this unfavourable course.
Christel is the PI of CAPICE: Childhood and Adolescence Psychopathology, unravelling the complex etiology by a large Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Europe, funded by an EU Marie Curie grant, coordinated by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This project aims to identify genetic variants underlying the development and persistence of common childhood psychopathology by using data from population based longitudinal child and adolescent cohorts from over the world. Many of these cohorts participate in the Early Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology (EAGLE) Consortium.
This research is complemented by studies in clinical populations. She established a clinical cohort of families with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. They are followed longitudinally to identify factors, including biomarkers influencing outcome. It is also investigated whether providing integrated care to parents and children improves outcomes. She also analyses the data as collected in electronic health records in the Child and Youth Mental Health Services to gain knowledge on treatment outcomes in the services and characteristics of the child, family and their circumstances thata are associated with these outcomes.
In 2019, Christel was appointed by the federal government as Co-Chair of the Childhood Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Working Party. The working group is developing a strategy which will provide a framework that embeds protective skills in early childhood, creates mentally healthy home environments, supports parents, and prevents or treats early childhood trauma.
United States of America
Michael J Meaney is the Director of the Translational Neuroscience programme at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Professor of Paediatrics at the National University of Singapore, and a James McGill Professor of Medicine at McGill University. Meaney’s research examines the molecular mechanisms underlying the sustained effects of early environmental influences on gene expression, brain development and behaviour in humans and model systems. Meaney and his collaborators identified environmentally-regulated stable epigenetic signals, including methylation of DNA and histone proteins, as mechanisms linking early experience to vulnerability for psychopathology. Meaney leads longitudinal birth cohort studies of gene x environment interactions of neurodevelopment with the discovery of novel biological mechanisms for the influence of early experience and their implications for understanding the origins of resilience and susceptibility in children. Meaney has authored over 500 scientific papers with an h-index of 143. The Meaney lab was designated as a “Mostly Highly Cited Researcher” in Neuroscience and Cross-Fields by the Institute for Scientific Information. His awards include a NARDAS Distinguished Scientist Award, The Klerman Award (Cornell University), The Salomon Medal (New York Academy of Medicine), the Wilder Penfield Prize, the Chevalier de l’Order Nationale du Québec and the Order of Canada.
University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Nick Kowalenko is Deputy Chair, of Emerging Minds, Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Sydney and IACAPAP Oceania Coordinator and Vice President.
He is senior clinical advisor at Emerging Minds for the National Workforce Centre for Children’s Mental Health providing a range of digital resources to build workforce capacity for children’s mental health in Australia.
He chairs the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists’ International Relations Sub-committee in Australia and New Zealand leading a range of education, training and mentoring initiatives in Australia and New Zealand, Asia and Pacific Island nations. This includes promoting and delivering iCAMH training in partnership.
His academic interests in child psychiatry at University of Sydney are in early intervention research, including for children of parents with mental illness, perinatal and infant mental health, outcome measurement and workforce capacity building.
Co-founder of Physician Support Line (COVID-19 Response)
George Washington University Medical Centre, United States of America
Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD is a humanitarian child/adult psychiatrist and leading advocate for the most vulnerable populations of the world. She is Director of the Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry at George Washington University, adviser to the U.S. State Department on human trafficking, and a humanitarian protection consultant.
After training at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Amsterdam, she worked with forcibly displaced youth and families and former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, Burundi, Liberia, Ethiopia, Haiti, DR Congo, and the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan as an adviser for humanitarian agencies such as UNICEF and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
She has also worked domestically as a child psychiatrist for over a decade with survivors of torture and human rights violations, and is subject matter expert to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement on unaccompanied minors, Spokesperson for Refugee Mental Health for the American Psychiatric Association, and a Fulbright Specialist. Her book,Child/Adolescent & Family Refugee Mental Health: A Global Perspective, was recently published with the senior mental health adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
President of IACAPAP
Institute of Mental Health, Singapore
Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and the father of 5 grown up children. He is currently the Chairman Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health since 2011. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore.
Dr Fung is currently the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. He was awarded the National Day (Public Service Administration (Bronze)) Award in 2017 and the National Medical Excellence Award (Team) in 2018 for his work on community and school based mental health.
Dr Fung is interested in the treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and he has advocated for the development of child mental health services and strategies through his research.
Dr Fung’s research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other agencies. He has co-authored over 160 peer reviewed research papers (118), books (32) and book chapters(18).
Director of CESP/INSERM U1018
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 an 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 “Center of Epidemiology and Population Health” (500 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. In 2015 he became president of IACAPAP (International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, the term ended in 2018) and member of the French Academy of Medicine.
Professor of Psychiatry and Pioneer Director
University of Ibadan’s Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH), Nigeria
Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun is Professor of Psychiatry and Pioneer Director of the University of Ibadan’s Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH). CCAMH is a multidisciplinary centre for training, research, advocacy and service in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), which started with funding from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Since training commenced in CCAMH in 2013, over 100 professionals from 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have completed an 18-month Master of Science degree programme in CAMH. Olayinka is also consultant in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria and served as Pioneer Head from 1999-2017. Olayinka is a Past President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and a Foundation Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Medicine. She presently leads several research projects aimed at improving access to CAMH services and ensuring policy development that will improve the wellbeing of children and adolescents. She has over 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of São Paulo Medical School, Brazil
Guilherme V. Polanczyk is an Associated Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of São Paulo Medical School, Brazil. He directs the Early Diagnosis and Interventions Program and the Inpatient Unit at the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Division, Institute of Psychiatry at Hospital das Clinicas, University of São Paulo. Dr Polanczyk completed the Adult Psychiatry and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Programs at Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil, the MSc and PhD Programs at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, focused on genetic and epidemiological aspects of ADHD. Subsequently, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the MRC SGDP Centre Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London and at Duke University in the USA focused on the developmental origins and course of mental disorders. His research interests include epidemiology, early manifestations, course and treatment of ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Currently, he is involved in national and international studies investigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on childhood mental health. His work has been funded by NARSAD, CNPq, FAPESP, Grand Challenges Canada, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, Lemann Brazil Research Fund (Harvard University) and was recognized by awards from the Brazilian Psychiatric Association and the AACAP. He has approximately 140 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 20.000 citations and h-index 36. He was listed in 2018 as a highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics.
Professor and Director of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Seoul National University Hospital, South Korea
Prof. Dr. Bung-Nyun, Kim is currently the Professor and director of division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Seoul National University Hospital. He is also a professor at Seoul National University, College of Medicine.
After receiving M.D. from Seoul National University in 1992, he completed his 4 year-residency of general psychiatry and 2 year-fellowship of child & adolescent psychiatry in 2001. Since 2002, He has been a professor in Seoul National University Hospital.
His main research interests have been the areas of brain imaging and genetic studies of neurodevelopmental disorders, esp, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Tourette Disorder.
He is also currently conducting researches in the community mental health and system development for the children and adolescents and serves as major committee members in Child mental health reform and School mental health system in Seoul Metropolitan city and Education office.
He is a president elect of Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a vice president of International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (IACAPAP).
Professor and Director of the Mental Health Center for Children
Institute of Mental Health, Peking University, China
Dr. Jing Liu graduated from Peking University and has been a child and adolescent psychiatrist for 30 years. She is the Professor and Director of the Mental Health Center for Children in Peking University Institute of Mental Health (Sixth Hospital). She holds multiple roles in various organisations, including being an EC member of IACAPAP, Vice President of ASCAPAP and Chinese Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Over the years she has acquired extensive experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in children and adolescents. Her projects on autism, schizophrenia and mood disorder in children and adolescents are supported by the National Natural Science Foundation and Ministry of Science and Technology of China. On top of her professional experience, Dr. Liu is also the chief editor of several child and adolescent psychiatry textbooks and treatment guidelines including “Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Autism” and “Chinese Guideline for the Prevention and Treatment of ADHD (2nd version)”. To share her expertise further, she is dedicated to training young child and adolescent psychiatrists in China, and her effort was rewarded with the Excellent Psychiatrist Award by the Chinese Psychiatrist Association.
Join us at the 1st webinar of IACAPAP 2020!
Monday, 20 July 2020, 19:00 – 21:00 hours (SGT)
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The Korean Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry started as a research society in 1983, and was formally established as the Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (KACAP) in 1986. Through annual academic conferences and publication of an English journal, we seek to promote research, education, and interaction among members, and to fundamentally contribute to the improvement of mental health in Korean children and adolescents.
Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun is Professor of Psychiatry and Pioneer Director of the University of Ibadan’s Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH). CCAMH is a multidisciplinary centre for training, research, advocacy and service in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), which started with funding from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Since training commenced in CCAMH in 2013, over 100 professionals from 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have completed an 18-month Master of Science degree programme in CAMH. Olayinka is also consultant in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria and served as Pioneer Head from 1999-2017. Olayinka is a Past President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and a Foundation Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Medicine. She presently leads several research projects aimed at improving access to CAMH services and ensuring policy development that will improve the well being of children and adolescents. She has over 100 journal articles and book chapters.
I graduated from Nippon Medical School in 1987, and in 1992 I joined Cornell Medical School, Westchester Division as a visiting fellow. In 1993, I embarked on a residency training program in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which I completed in 1997. I was then appointed Chief Resident and was charged with supervising the psychiatry residents. Subsequently, I became a research fellow, during which time I conducted clinical research and provided patient care at the Bronx Psychiatric Center. After completing my fellowship, I became a faculty member in the department. As a fellow, I pursued training in molecular genetics techniques and statistics. Over the years, I received research grants from the American Psychiatric Association and NARSAD that allowed me to work for the Basic Research Division in the Department of Psychiatry, where I focused particularly on identifying a genetic locus on chromosome 22q11 in multiple psychiatric disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders. In 2005, I returned to Nippon Medical School, Japan, where I established a child and adolescent clinic and focused on mood disorder and neurodevelopmental disorder. In 2014, I moved to Hokkaido University and started a new Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Prof. Plener is the Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria and the head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Vienna General Hospital since 2018. He has worked at the University hospital of Ulm (2005-2015) and the Central Institute for Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany (2016), before becoming deputy director and receiving a full professorship at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Ulm University, Ulm, Germany (2016-2018). Prof. Plener is member of the Austrian high council of health and of the executive board of the Austrian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is coordinator of the German clinical guidelines for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI).
His research focus is on suicidality and NSSI in adolescents. Prof. Plener has conducted several studies in the fields of epidemiology and neurobiology of suicidality and NSSI. He received (among others) research funding from the German federal ministry of education and science (BMBF), the German research foundation (DFG), the Baden-Wuerttemberg Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation adding to € 1.8 million. He has up to now published 140 papers in peer reviewed journals, three books and 42 book chapters.
Robert L. Hendren, D.O., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center; Director, Program for Research On Neurodevelopmental and Translational Outcomes (PRONTO); Attending, STAR Center for ASD and NDD; Department of Psychiatry & Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Hendren is Past President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2007-2009). He has published well over 150 scientific papers and 5 books and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America”, each year since it was first published in 1996. From 2001-2009, he was Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director and Tsakopoulos-Vismara Chair at the University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders).
His current areas of research and publication interests are translational interventional outcomes research including clinical pharmacology, nutraceutical and nutritional trials using biomarkers (metabolomics, measures of inflammation, oxidative stress, immune function, pharmacogenomics and neuroimaging) to enhance resilience in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Kai von Klitzing, MD, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Leipzig, Germany, Director of the Department of Child Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the Leipzig University Medical Center; visiting professor at the Sapienza University in Rome, psychoanalyst for children, adolescents, and adults, Past- President of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), Editor of the Journal Kinderanalyse/Child Analysis, Associate- editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Scientific interests: Developmental psychopathology, infant psychiatry, children’s narratives, psychotherapy research, childhood maltreatment, and biological stress regulation. Books on attachment disorder, children of immigrant families, child psychotherapy.
Orient EuroPharma (OEP), a well-rounded & multinational pharmaceutical company founded in 1982 and officially listed on the Taipei Exchange since 2003. OEP’s major business focuses on prescription medicines, nutricare and anti-aging. Furthermore, established subsidiary companies, OrientPharma and OP NanoPharma, to develop and manufacture new drugs to meet real human needs. The Company is committed to providing products and services that are valuable and unique. Through vertical integration, OEP provides clients with more comprehensive services, from clinical trial to marketing, and always striving to strategize in innovative fields, cultivating markets in the Asia Pacific and the US, and is working towards the goal of being the “Benchmark Enterprise in the Asia Pacific Region.
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Listed on the Catalist board of Singapore Exchange (SGX).
Break the Stigma for Families (BtSfF) is an initiative centred on bicycles and cycling, aimed to spread the message that children’s mental illnesses are a family affair, and that families not only suffer together, but more importantly, heal and grow together. BtSfF seeks to inform its local host communities that children’s mental illnesses are real, common, treatable and preventable; to help destigmatise these conditions and make them open for discussion. BtSfF celebrates the role of family, friends and community in the healing process.
BtSfF started in the Netherlands in 2018, has since had meetings in the United States, Netherlands and Stockholm, Sweden. A signature event in 2020, BtSfF Singapore, will take place on Saturday, July 18, in anticipation of the IACAPAP World Congress, which will start that Monday (the 20th). The BtSfF event involves a closed group of cyclists who will complete a cycling trail around Singapore, with the endpoint being the Institute of Mental Health where a mental health carnival that is open to the general public will be held.
Routledge is the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes a comprehensive portfolio of books, journals and other resources on Counseling, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and more topics in Mental Health, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide.