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School of Medicine - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Hellenic Psychiatric Association
Psychiatric Association for Eastern Europe and the Balkans
World Association for Social Psychiatry
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Dear colleagues,

Itís a great pleasure to invite you to the "2nd International Congress on Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology and Treatment Guidance", which is taking place in Thessaloniki Greece, on November 24th-27th, 2011.

After the great success of the 1st Congress which took place in 2009, this second Congress aims again at being useful for the clinician who fights daily in the front line for the treatment of real-world patients. In this frame, our goal is to provide a global and comprehensive update of the newest developments in Psychiatry and the allied sciences in a way which will be both focused and enriched. The rule is to avoid content-free eloquence and authority and to face hard questions on the base of research findings. Many world wide experts have been invited to share with us their knowledge and experience once again under the support and guidance of the European Psychiatric Association and the World Psychiatric Association under the Auspices of the School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

During these difficult times for the world economy, advanced education and training is the only way to the future. Teaching clinical usefulness and application of new knowledge and informed treatment with psychopharmacological agents in a truly multidisciplinary approach is the central axis of the meeting and although the congress will embrace high tech research concerning psychopathology, new treatment methods, genetics and molecular biology, it also aims to put the emphasis on the human factor, both the therapist and the patient.

Apart from the humanistic tradition of Psychiatry and the life sciences, the continuous and unconditional investment on the high level training of professionals and education of patients and their families, emerged as a significant challenge during the last few decades. Medical scientists and public health policy makers are increasingly concerned that the scientific discoveries are failing to be translated efficiently into tangible human benefit. Today, in an all the more complex and technologically advanced environment, the human factor emerges again as the most valuable one, the factor that determines the final outcome.

As hosts and organizers, we shall spare no effort in making your participation scientifically rewarding and meaningful and your stay in Thessaloniki and Greece as enjoyable as possible.

Konstantinos N. Fountoulakis
Assist. Professor of Psychiatry,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Chair of the Organizing Committee
2nd International Congress on Neurobiology,
Psychopharmacology & Treatment Guidance