Future Psychiatry : Challenges and Opportunities
It is for me an honor and a pleasure to invite you to join me/us to the WPA International Congress that will take place in Vienna, Austria on October 27–30, 2013.
Over the years, Vienna has been a memorable site for the field of psychiatry and has a long tradition of organising successful events for WPA. Besides, its charm, beauty and history are second to none in both Europe and the rest of the world.
Undoubtedly, this WPA International Congress will be a memorable one for the World Psychiatric Association. Please join me in this unique and historic occasion.
Pedro Ruiz, M.D.
WPA President (2011–2014)
A psychiatry, which places the human being at the centre of its diagnosis and therapy and which is not reduced to conventional indication medicine with its main focus on illness constructs, will primarily take into account in its treatment planning the various physical, psychic and social pathogenetic factus in the patients’ particular life stage.
Such a human-based psychiatry will be able to refer not exclusively to evidence-based medical data – no matter how essential this remains as the foundation stone of rational therapy design – but will also have to include in its remedies knowledge which extends beyond medicine and psychiatry in the narrower sense. The resulting complexity of psychiatric diagnostics and treatment will be the main focus of our WPA – Conference in Vienna which will be held from 27–30 October 2013.
At this point, it is pleasant duty to thank the President of the WPA, Pedro Ruiz, and all those responsible for the excellent cooperation in organizing the WPA International Congress 2013 dedicated to the very important area of “Future Psychiatry: Challenges and Opportunities”. The scientific discussions should bring about and promote the further development of a psychiatry which once again centers on the whole person, a human-
With my best wishes for fruitful discussions and pleasurable encounters at the WPA Conference 2013 in Vienna.
Michael Musalek, M.D.
Austrian Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy