POSTPONED UNTIL 2022 DUE TO  COVID-19   –   20th Congress   –   Cambridge

We are delighted to announce outstanding keynote speakers for our 20th congress

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Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

University College London, UK

Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and President of the World Medical Association. 

In February 2020, he published a ten-year update on his landmark review into health inequity in England. He is also author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (2004). Professor Marmot is one of the leading authorities in the social determinants of health, and has published wide-ranging and impactful articles on how such inequalities impact on mental health. 

Professor Marmot held the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008. He has conducted major reviews of health inequalities for national governments and the World Health Organisation. He set up the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.  

He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011 and is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.

Read more about his research on PubMed.

Professor Ann John

Professor Ann John

Swansea University, UK

Ann is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales. She has a research focus on suicide and self-harm prevention and children and young people’s mental health.  She leads the MQ funded Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform and chairs the National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm prevention to Welsh Government. She is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation.

Ann leads a research programme with a focus on mental health informatics leading a cross disciplinary team of data scientists, engineers, computer scientists, psychologists and clinicians.  She is passionate about the translation of research into policy and practice. She is co-director of the Cochrane satellite for suicide and self-harm prevention and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Learned Society for Wales.

Read more about her research on PubMed.

Professor Peter Jones

Professor Peter B. Jones

University of Cambridge, UK

Peter Jones is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Deputy Head, School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. 

His interests are in the epidemiology of mental illness, particularly early life determinants, and in evaluation of effective interventions at the individual and system level. Clinically, Peter developed and led the award winning CAMEO.nhs.uk early intervention service. 

He has NIHR responsibilities, directing the Applied Research Collaboration Care East of England, a partnership between researchers and health services to accelerate the generation and application of evidence from applied health research in policy and practice.

Read more about his research on PubMed.

Inez Myin-Germeys

Prof. Inez Myin-Germeys

KU Leuven , Belgium

Inez Myin-Germeys is a psychologist and professor of Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven, Belgium. She is the head of the Center for Contextual Psychiatry (CCP), which she founded in 2015. 

Prof. Inez Myin-Germeys is a world-renowned expert in the field of Experience Sampling Methodology and mobile Health (mHealth), in relation to psychopathology, and more specifically psychosis. The CCP is focusing on the study of stress-sensitivity and altered social interactions in the development of psychopathology, on the clinical implementation of ESM as a tool for self-management and shared decision making, on the development of new Ecological Momentary Interventions, and on research from a first-person perspective. 

Inez Myin-Germeys is an ERC consolidator grantee, has published over 350 papers and has supervised over 30 PhD projects.

Read more about her research on PubMed.

Professor Ian Colman

Professor Ian Colman

University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Ian Colman is the Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Epidemiology, the President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology, and is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. 

Dr. Colman directs the Applied Psychiatric Epidemiology Across the Life course (APEAL) Lab, which investigates longitudinal and life-course processes surrounding the epidemiology of depression, anxiety and suicide. Dr. Colman has published more than 125 papers, including multiple papers in the British Medical Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Biological Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Read more about his research on PubMed.

Dr Susanne Röhr

Dr Susanne Röhr

University of Leipzig, Germany

Susanne Röhr is a clinical psychologist and public health researcher at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She is the head of the research group Epidemiology & Population Brain Health at the Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Public Health (ISAP). Her group is focusing on large-scale population-based cohort studies that track the development of age-related conditions, first and foremost cognitive decline and dementia. 

Besides her interest in key epidemiological indicators, a core research theme is the identification of early modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia to work towards effective dementia prevention. She is also engaged in different international research consortia on determinants of cognitive health. 

Her current projects further explore dementia prevention potential beyond individual lifestyle factors, for example by looking at environmental factors and social inequalities. Dr. Röhr’s contributions to the field in her early research career have been recognized with several awards. 

Read more about her research on PubMed.

Dr Oleguer Plana-Ripoll

Dr Oleguer Plana-Ripoll

Aarhus University, Denmark

Dr. Oleguer Plana-Ripoll is a Marie Curie postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University (Denmark) and the University of Queensland (Australia). 

His research interests lie in the areas of register-based psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics, particularly in the estimation of health metrics using administrative health records. 

As part of his postdoctoral research, he has been responsible for a comprehensive study of comorbidity and mortality associated with mental disorders using Danish registers.

Read more about his research on PubMed.

Dr Francesca Solmi

Dr Francesca Solmi

University College London, UK

Dr Francesca Solmi is a psychiatric epidemiologist and a Sir Henry Wellcome post-doctoral fellow in the UCL Division of Psychiatry.

Her research aims at better understanding which factors increase a person’s risk to develop an eating disorder across the life course using general population data and causal inference methods.

As part of her fellowship she is investigating inflammation as a potential risk factor for eating disorders using both UK cohort data and Swedish population registers. In addition to this line of research, she is currently studying inequalities in clinical outcomes for people with eating disorders as well as the effectiveness of existing treatments using UK primary care records.

Read more about her research on PubMed.

Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingault

Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingault

University College London, UK

Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pingault is an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (CEPH), University College London (UCL), as well as a visiting researcher at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry centre, King’s College London (KCL).

Using genetically informed causal inference designs, his research aims to tracing causal pathways from early risk factors to the development of mental health difficulties throughout the lifespan. To this end, his research group studies the influences of genetic and environmental early risk factors (e.g. bullying victimisation, and family adversity) on a variety of mental health outcomes. His work builds on several disciplines including developmental psychopathology, epidemiological psychiatry and behavioural genetics.

He is a MQ Transforming Mental Health Fellow, recipient of the Medical Research Foundation Emerging Leaders Prize and has recently been awarded an ERC consolidator grant. Prior to his arrival in London with a European Marie Curie Fellowship, he has conducted interdisciplinary research in France, Brazil and Canada.

Read more about his research on PubMed.

Postponement due to Covid-19

With deep regret, we have decided to postpone the 20th Congress of the EPA Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry until 2022. We have taken this decision in the best interests of the health & safety of our delegates, speakers, staff, and the wider community during the current Covid-19 global pandemic.  We plan to reorganise our congress for a time in 2022, in Cambridge, when public health responses to mental health needs in the wake of Covid-19 are likely to be more important than ever.