It is our pleasure to welcome psychiatrists, neurologists, neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists and brain scientists from around the world to the 10th International Congress of the INA to be held in Jerusalem, Israel, October 14-16, 2015.
INA congresses have been held around the world in diverse cities such as Sydney Australia, Kyoto Japan, Cancun Mexico, Athens Greece, Toronto Canada, Chennai India, Buenos Aires Argentina and Chicago USA, always being a high-point in new developments in clinical and research knowledge. Neuropsychiatry just a few decades ago was considered an esoteric borderland between neurology and psychiatry. Outstanding developments in Alzheimer's research and the increasing recognition of the behavioral disorders of dementia began to change that. Then came findings that electroencephalography (EEG) and more recently magnetoencephalography (MEG) allowed mathematical analysis that promise to allow non-invasive objective diagnosis of brain state. Advanced imaging techniques such as MRI and PET have achieved such high-resolution that when combined with functional stimuli they are on the verge of clinical application in many psychiatric illnesses. Most exciting, the discovery that surgically implanted electrodes carrying deep stimulation of specific brain nuclei can alleviate intractable cases of Parkinson's disease and most recently depression and obsessive compulsive disorder have given hope for our most severe and pharmacologically resistant patients. Neuropsychiatry is an old-new field, combining the solid clinical insights of Lishman's organic psychiatry with the high-tech developments of transcranial brain stimulation.
The rise of the new brain stimulation therapies is one of the most unpredicted and exciting correlates of the slow down in the parallel field of psychopharmacology. Since the highly successful CINP psychopharmacology congress in April 2013 in Jerusalem, we hope to bring to INA in 2015 a large number of clinical psychiatrists, neurologists, neuropsychologists and neurophysiologists who want to learn about new treatment modalities and paradigms to add to current psychopharmacology .
See you in Jerusalem at INA 2015!
Prof. R.H. Belmaker Dr. Renana Eitan
INA Executive Committee Liaison Chair of Local Organizing Committee