Psychomotricity: next move in neuropsychiatry

June 22 - 24, 2022

Strasbourg (France)


This event is accredited 10 credit points by the SGPP (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie)


Almost 150 years after its invention by Karl Kahlbaum, catatonia has re-emerged as an independent entity with the official endorsement of the ICD-11 this year. However, it probably neither refers to the same patients, nor to the same phenomena. “Catatonia” and “psychomotricity” are polysemous; they refer to different concepts depending on the paradigmatic framework, e.g. neuropsychiatry, psychological psychiatry, dimensional research domain criteria… This workshop aims at clarifying some of the major research programs and paradigmatic frameworks in which these phenomena are studied. It will mix philosophy of science, methods, and results, but also clinical symptoms, signs, and examination procedures. Experts and participants will give their opinion on the same video to objectify some differences in interpretation and definition – participants are welcome to bring questions and clinical material to be discussed. The goal is not to decide who is right or wrong, but to build bridges between different views which might ultimately permit to confront them through crucial experimental series. This dialectic approach promotes cross-fertilization and ambition to speed-up the discovery process.


Organizers: Dr Jack Foucher et Dr Clément de Billy (Icube, Institut de Physique Biologique & Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, Cercle d’Excellence sur les Psychoses, CEP)

Organized under the hospice of the European collaboration on movement and sensorimotor & psychomotor functioning in schizophrenia and other psychoses (ECSP), the European Scientific Association on schizophrenia and other psychoses (ESAS) and of the Wernicke-Kleist-Leonhard (WKL) international society.

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Wednesday, the 22nd of June 2022

9:00 - 9:30         Welcome coffee

Session 1: philosophy of science

9:30 - 10:30       Cédric Brun, Département de philosophie, Université de Bordeaux, France, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


10:30 - 11:00     Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00     Jack Foucher, Icube, University of Strasbourg, France

Crucial experimental series

12:00 - 13:30     Lunch break

Session 2 : symposium

13:30 - 14:30     Dusan Hirjak, Central Institute for Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany

Multimodal brain imaging of catatonia and other psychomotor abnormalities in psychiatric disorders.

14:30 - 15:30     Walther Sebastian, University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Bern, Switzerland

When motor behavior disturbs social interaction: The impact of psychomotor abnormalities on nonverbal communication

15:30 - 16:00     Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00     Round table


Thursday, the 23rd of June 2022

8:45 - 9:00         Welcome coffee


Session 1 : Clinical presentations

9:00 - 10:00       Clinical presentations (in English)

10:00 - 11:00     Clinical presentations (in English)

11:00 - 11:30     Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30     Clinical presentations (in English)

12:30 - 13:30     Lunch break


Session 2 : symposium

13:30 - 14:30     Stephan Heckers, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (VISIO)

Psychomotor behavior in the nosology of psychotic disorders

14:30 - 15:30     The CEMNIS (Strasbourg’s non invasive neuromodulation center) research team :

Progress in the biomarkers in diagnosis and treatment of catatonia

15:30 - 16:00     Coffee break

16:00                  17:00    Table ronde


Friday, the 24th of June 2022

8:45 - 9:00         Welcome coffee

Session 1 : Présentations cliniques

9:00 - 10:00       Présentations cliniques (in French)

10:00 - 11:00     Présentations cliniques (in French)

11:00 - 11:30     Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30     Présentations cliniques (in French)

End of the meeting.


22nd, 23rd & 24th of June, 2022



Amphitheater of the Strasbourg faculty of dental surgery (Amphi Frank),

8, rue Sainte Élisabeth,

67000 Strasbourg


This event is accredited 10 credit points by the SGPP (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie)


Moreover, Neurex workshops are part of the cycle B5 of the University of Basel. They allow PhD students to gain Credit Points from attending workshops/meetings.

This specific workshop will give rise to the attribution of 1 CP.


On site attendees only will be elgible to the Credit Points.


Important: Full rules & how to proceed available here.