Introducing the Conference

I am happy to invite you to attend the WPA Thematic Conference to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9 to 12 June, dealing with quality assurance in psychiatric education, research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

This is certainly an issue which deserves a special attention. Our discipline and profession can rely today on a variety of curricula for education of students and residents, of guidelines and algorithms for diagnosis and treatment, of prevention programmes and of research protocols, but most of them are not frequently implemented in ordinary practice and, even when they are, the fidelity of their application is rarely evaluated, and the problems encountered in their translation to different contexts and cultures are rarely debated.

The image and the credibility of our profession depends on the quality of the education, research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment that we are able to deliver in ordinary practice, rather than on the standards that we are able to propose.

This Thematic Conference will be a unique opportunity to focus on this crucial and timely issue, with the participation of colleagues from all regions of the world.

The unique beauties and cultural heritage of Istanbul will represent a further attraction.

I very much hope you will consider to attend and actively contribute to the scientific programme.

Mario Maj
President of the Conference

In my capacity of President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), I encourage all of you to attend and participate in the WPA Thematic Conference organized by the Psychiatric Association of Turkey and Turkish Neuropsychiatric Society, and to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 9-12, 2011.

In this conference, the topic of Psychiatric Quality Related to Education, Research, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment will be addressed exclusively and comprehensively; thus offering and opportunity to learn in depth all of the most relevant and important aspects on these subjects. The already selected key speakers are all top experts on this topic selected for this conference. In the past, the WPA always conducted excellent scientific meetings in collaboration with the two WPA Member Societies from Turkey.

Besides, the beauty of Istanbul as well as other cities and regions of Turkey are excellent additional incentives to visit Turkey and attend this conference.

I look forward to seeing you in Istanbul in 2011.

Pedro Ruiz
Chairperson of the Scientific Committee

Psychiatrists of the world will meet in Istanbul, in the summer of 2011, during the World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference.

The main theme of this international conference is inviting the participants to reflect on the quality of their education systems, research agenda and evidence, theoretical conceptualizations, issues of prevention, and their daily experience of diagnoses and treatments.

Today mental disorders and mental health problems are highly common in all societies and cultures. In addition to the related psycho-social difficulties, people with mental disorders also have high levels of physical illnesses which contribute to reduced life expectancy. Consequently, the global burden of disease due to psychiatric disorders and the relevant social and economic burden on the lives of the people with mental health problems, their relatives and carers, and the whole society constitute essential focuses of scientific, social and political challenges.

The quality of our theoretical perspectives and daily praxis gain a crucial importance in tackling these challenges.

In the name of the Organizing Committee, I am delighted to invite you to join us for this conference where we will rethink on and discuss the means to improve the quality of our professional praxis.

The beautiful city, Istanbul, with her modern amenities and the splendors of her cultural heritage will be an excellent seat for a perfect meeting, one that will impress treasured and lasting memories.

Levent Kuey
Chairperson of the Organizing Committee