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Minutes Yokohama 2002

Prof. Nick Bouras commented on the developments of the Section. These include two books: "Mental Health in Mental Retardation: The ABC for mental health, primary care and other professionals" (Ed: N. Bouras, G. Holt, K. Day and A. Dosen) which can be found at the WPA website, and "Autism and Related Disorders: The Basic Handbook for mental health, primary care and other professionals" (Ed: G. Holt and N. Bouras). The latter featured in the last WPA Sections' Newsletter. Activities at the Yokohama Congress included three symposia and a course. The symposium on Autism was particularly well attended.

Prof. Bouras asked for suggestions of new topics for future WPA documents. These included Child Psychiatry and MR (a joint project was suggested between both WPA sections); including transition from children's to adult services, and family burden.

Dr. Takahashi offered to cooperate in the development of a new document. Prof. Bouras thanked him for his contribution in the creation and development of the Section. He also paid tribute to the seminal role played by Frank Menolascino.

The possibility of pursuing the accreditaion of a WPA educational program was discussed. Both Prof. Bouras and Prof Salvador-Carulla commented on the advantages and difficulties of such an initiative (an example can be found under WPA Education).

Prof. Bouras said that after two terms he wanted to resign as Chairman and proposed a new committee: Luis Salvador Carulla Spain, (Chair), Geraldine Holt UK (Co-Chair), Ramon Novell, Spain (Secretary). The Section members approved the proposal. Then suggestions were made with regard to the Section's associate executive members, who were agreed and incorporated to the committee. Two new section members were admitted.

New Committee of the WPA Mental Retardation Section:

  • Chair:
    Prof. Luis Salvador-Carulla. Profesor of Psychiatry
    University of Cadiz (Spain)
    Plaza San Marcos 6, Jerez 11403 (Spain)
    Tel +34-956-311587
    Fax +34-956-331759
    E-mail: l.salvador@telefonica.net
  • Co-Chair:
    Dr. Geraldine Holt
    Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust Guy's Hospital
    London SE1 3RR - UK
    Tel:+44-20-7955 4792
    Fax:+44-20-7955 4232
    email: Geraldine.holt@kcl.ac.uk
    Webpage: http://www.estiacentre.org
  • Secretary:
    Dr. Ramon Novell
    Vice-President of the Spanish Association for Scientific Research on Mental Retardation (AEECRM) Fundacio Ave Maria, Sitges (Barcelona, Spain)
    Tel: +34- 938948646
    Mobile: +34- 607181474
    E-mail: 22245rna@comb.es
  • Associate Executive Members:
    • Dr. Akihito Takahashi
      11-302, 7-1 Namiki, Tokorozawa
      Saitama 359-004
      E-mail: a-takahashi@tokai.org.jp
    • Henry Wai Ming Kwok MB, BS, MRC Psych, FHKC Psych, FHKAM (psychiatry)
      Senior Medical Officer Kwai Chung Hospital
      3-15 Kwai Chung Hospital Rd
      New Territories, Hong Kong
      Tel 29598111
      Fax: 27457610
      e.mail: hwmkwok@hotmail.com
    • Dr. Z. Ahmed
      Welsh Center for Learning Disabilities
      Treseder Way (Caeran)
      Cardiff CF14 3Nu. UK
      e. mail: zed.ahmed@bromor-tr.wales.nhs.uk
    • Dott. Marco Bertelli
      Italian Society Of Mental Retardation
      Via de Rusciano 3 Firenze 50126
      e.mail: marcobertelli@inwind.it
    • Professor Nick Bouras
      Guy's, King's & St Thomas' Medical School
      York Clinic
      Guy's Hospital
      London SE1 3RR - UK
      Tel:+44-20-7955 4792
      Fax:+44-20-7955 4232
      email: nick.bouras@kcl.ac.uk
      Webpage: http://www.estiacentre.org
  • New section members:
    • Dr Samuel Maling
      Butabika Hospital
      PO Box 7017
      Kampala Uganda
      E-mail: sammaling@yahoo.com
    • Dr MO El Tahir
      Specialist registrar
      Learning Disability Directorate
      Treseder Way ELY
      Cardiff CF 5SWF
      E.mail: mohamedomer@btinternet.com


This proposal was presented at the section's meeting (Dr. George Ahmed) by Dr Henry Kwok.

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