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Meet the Presenters: WPA Webinar 1 in the Early Intervention Webinar series

WPA Webinars || Early Intervention in Psychosis – A Global Perspective


5th November 2021, 14:00-15:00 CET ________________________________________________________________

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It is not long to go before the Early Intervention webinar series kicks off with its first online event on the 5th of November. The first webinar will be opened by Dr Afzal Javed, President - World Psychiatric Association and Mrs. Zoi Rapti, Deputy Minister for Mental Health – Greece. Chaired by Prof Nikos Stefanis MD FRANZCP, the event will include presentations by three internationally acclaimed academic researchers and clinicians who will explore the theme from different perspectives. Here is a little more about each of the presenters:


Prof. Nikolaos Koutsouleris

Prof. Nikolaos Koutsouleris is the Chair of Precision Psychiatry at Ludwig-Maximilian-University and King’s College London and the Coordinator of the EU-FP7 funded project PRONIA (“Personalised Prognostic Tools for Early Psychosis Management”). He serves as consultant and Head of the Centre for Adolescent Psychiatry and Transitional Youth Mental Health at the Department of Psychiatry, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich (LMU). Dr. Koutsouleris studied medicine at LMU between 1996 and 2003 as scholar of the German National Academic Foundation. He took his first medical & academic appointment in 2004 at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, where he finished his doctoral thesis in 2005. Since 2008, Prof Koutsouleris has advanced the use of multivariate pattern recognition methods for the identification and validation of diagnostic and prognostic prediction models in at-risk and early stages of affective and non-affective psychoses. His work was awarded several national and international prizes and led so far to 140 peer-reviewed publications. In addition, he strived to make robust machine-learning methods available to researchers in the clinical neurosciences to improve the methodological rigor of this new research direction based on the proper use of validation and model sharing approaches. These efforts led to the publication of the open-source NeuroMiner machine learning platform available here.


Prof. Swaran Preet Singh

Prof. Swaran Preet Singh initially trained as a surgeon in New Delhi, changing to psychiatry after witnessing the effects of violent trauma on children and young people. He moved to UK in 1991, and as lecturer at Nottingham university, conducted research in first-episode psychosis and ethnic influences in mental health. He spent five years at St George’s University of London as senior lecturer developing ETHOS early intervention in psychosis service, which was widely acknowledged for improving outcomes of young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis, with special focus on getting them back into education or work. In 2006, he joined Warwick University, where he is Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Mental Health & Wellbeing Research and also works as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist with the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust. He was Commissioner for Equality & Human Rights Commission (2013-19, mandated by the UK Parliament and has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers. He led the Independent Investigation into Allegations of Discrimination on the basis of Protected Characteristics within the Conservative Party (The Singh Investigation, 2021) and he is currently leading several large-scale projects transforming mental health services in the Indian subcontinent and sub-Saharan Africa.


Prof. Sinan Guloksuz

Prof. Sinan Guloksuz is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, and the Department of Psychiatry, Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) Program, Yale University School of Medicine. With a background in clinical psychiatry and epidemiology, Dr. Guloksuz’s main research focus has been on understanding the mechanisms underlying mental health outcomes and investigating the contribution of exposome and genome to multidimensional phenotypes in the general population cohorts and large case-control samples. The second body of his work has been in the areas of clinical trials and service research for psychosis spectrum disorder. His work has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 12 book chapters, and awarded with international prizes.


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Author: WPA Education Coordinator

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