Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

 

It is great pleasure to invite you to take part in 29th Danube Psychiatric Symposium to be held in the beautiful city of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.  The main topic will be “Psychiatry, Medicine and Society: Homo Deus of the 21st Century and Challenges of Mental Health and Personalized Medicine” with special emphasis on predictive, preventive and person centered medicine and comorbidities, as well as on bridging personal, public and global mental health, compassionate society and empathic civilization. Personalized or P4 medicine and mental health have become very challenging and exciting topics of great interest and importance. There is no health without mental health as well as there is no sane, compassionate and prosperous society without public mental health and empathic civilization without global mental health. The way we understand individual, public and global mental health and treat mental disorders is changing rapidly. Digital revolution from the start of 21st century is changing significantly all fields of society, science and medicine. As Homo sapiens is a story telling or narrative being, people think in stories and narratives rather than in facts, numbers, graphs and equations. All big stories from the 20th century have collapsed and new narratives, including those on psychiatry and mental health, are emerging with a shift from a homo centric to a data centric world view. Emerging techno-humanism argues that Homo sapiens have completed their cosmic task and high technology is going to create a much superior Homo deus with upgraded physical and mental abilities. Dataism is promising to give all scientists a common language that easily enables them to get insights across disciplinary borders. Big data algorithms informed by a constant stream of data from biometric sensors could monitor our behavior, health and disease 24/7. Collecting, analyzing, combining and applying large quantities of various data may help to get more precise diagnosis and more effective and efficient treatments tailored to individual patients and so promoting personalized medicine instead of block-buster and stratified medicine. Although personalized medicine is still in its infancy age, it opens up new possibilities for providing old dream “right care and treatment to the right person at the right time” into reality. It tends to increase resilience and optimize healthcare for every person at every stage of a disorder, from prevention to personalized treatment.

 

Four multidisciplinary sessions will be organized within the symposium with challenging topics:

  • Comorbidity, resilience, and epigenetics in psychiatry from the perspective of predictive, preventive and person-centered medicine (School of Medicine, University of Zagreb);
  • Transdisciplinary integrative approach in psychiatry, personalized medicine, and creative psychopharmacotherapy (Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb);
  • Psychiatry, spirituality, and religion from the perspective of public and global mental health (Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Zagreb);
  • Psychiatry, ethics, and politics from the perspective of public and global mental health (School of Public Health “Andrija Štampar” Zagreb).

The symposium will offer up-to-date presentation of some world’s and many regional most prominent and distinguished lecturers and researchers. It is expected to gather colleagues from Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine. The symposium will be a unique opportunity to enjoy in high quality professional communication and share ideas, experience and solutions to challenges in psychiatry and medicine and crucial issues related to mental health in society, region and world. Bringing together multiple disciplines and universities with knowledge sharing is the best way to provide transdisciplinary integrative approach to our understanding and practicing of P4 (personalized, predictive, preventive, participatory) medicine and psychiatry. All accepted presentations will be published in advance in our journal Psychiatria Danubina so that symposium session is going to be organized on the principles of art and practice of learning organization.

On behalf of the Boards we wish you a warm welcome and unforgettable and professionally the most valuable experience.

 

5 Reasons for attending 29th Danubian Psychiatric Symposium

- Hot topics: comorbitity, resilience, epigenetics, spirituality, ethics

- Bridging personal, public and global mental health

- Inter- and Transdisciplinarity  and Learning organization

- Integrative systemic approach

- Personalized medicine approach