Controversy debates

Will we still call it Schizophrenia in 100 years?

November 27, 2017

Freiburg (Germany)


There is an increasing awareness of the fact, that the ICD- and DSM-based nosological concepts in general psychiatry are insufficient not only for research purposes but also from a clinical diagnostic and therapeutic perspective. Presently, DSM-ord ICD-based psychiatric diagnoses generally represent umbrella terms focusing on patterns of phenotypical psychopathological presentations of different neuropsychiatric disorders rather than on neurophysiological pathomechanisms or etiologies. The concept of neuropsychiatry stands for a reform of psychiatric classification in which causal i.e. neuropsychiatric elements play a more important role in diagnosing and treating patients with different psychiatric syndromes. The implementation of an etiology based-diagnostic and therapeutic process could have revolutionizing consequences on psychiatry where disease classification presently is almost free of causal thinking.

The pros and cons of the term and concept of schizophrenia will discuss in depth the pitfalls of psychiatric and their relevant implications for research.


See introduction above.



  • Ludger Tebartz van Elst (Clinic for Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, A.L. University of Freiburg, Germany )
  • Michael R. Trimble (Institute of Neurology, London, UK)
  • Olivier Bonnot (Centre Hospitalier, Université de Nantes, France)
  • Angela Vincent (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
  • James Walters (Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK)
  • Heinz Häfner (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany)
  • Jack Foucher (University of Strasbourg & CEP, France)
  • Jim van Os (Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands)
  • Stephan H. Heckers (Vanderbilt University, TN, USA)


Monday, the 27th of November 2017.

Haus zur Lieben Hand

Humboldtstraße, Freiburg i.Br.


This controversy debate is associated to a meeting that will precede the current event. (9 h-17h, same day, same venue)

Deadline for registration: Nov. 20th, 2017