Inaugural Symposium of the International Neuropsychiatric Case Conference Will Neuropsychiatry Shape the Future of Psychiatry?

October 27, 2022

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-or ICD-based psychiatric diagnoses generally represent umbrella terms focusing on patterns of phenotypes or psychopathological presentations of different neuropsychiatric disorders rather than on neurophysiological pathomechanisms or etiologies.

In contrast, 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.

In this symposium, we will illustrate this rapidly evolving process based on different areas of research in which relevant progress is obvious over the last decades.

The symposium is planned as a joined meeting of the Section for Neuropsychiatry of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Nervous Disorders (DGPPN), the International Neuropsychiatric Association (INA) and Immunopsychiatry Working Group of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). The symposium will also serve as a framework event for the inaugural International Neuropsychiatric Case Conference.


Organized by Ludger Tebartz van Elst, Dominique Endres & Kimon Runge

(University Medical Center Freiburg, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy) 


The symposium will be BOTH held in Freiburg and broadcasted online.


9:00 – 9:10 o’clock: Welcome address: Ludger Tebartz van Elst

9:10 – 9:20 o’clock: Welcome address: Katharina Domschke


PART I: Immunopsychiatry: Basic Science

Chairs: Marion Leboyer, Ludger Tebartz van Elst

9:20 – 9:50: Laurent Groc; Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience, Bordeaux, France

Molecular and cellular impact of autoantibodies from neuropsychiatric disorders


9:50 – 10:20: Hannelore Ehrenreich; Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Göttingen, Germany

Factors predisposing to humoral autoimmunity against brain-antigens in health and disease


10:20 – 10:50: Jack Foucher; Icube, University of Strasbourg, France

Catatonia as classical neuropsychiatric disease: the example of periodic catatonia


10:50 – 11:20: coffee break


11:20 – 11:50: Michael Benros; Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

CSF findings in mental disorders - from largescale to clinical studies with healthy controls


11:50 – 12:20: Harald Prüss; Department of Neurology, Charité Berlin, Germany

Novel antineuronal antibodies and their pathological relevance


12:20-12:50: Marion Leboyer; Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, Université Paris Est, France

Immunogenetics of major psychiatric disorders.


Lunch break: 12:50 – 14:00


PART II: Immuno- and Neuropsychiatry: The Clinical Perspective

Chair: Ennapadam Srinivas Krishnamoorthy & Dominique Endres


14:00 – 14:30: Karl Bechter; Bezirkskrankenhaus Günzburg, University of Ulm, Germany

Development of immuno- and neuropsychiatry over the last 30 years


14:30 – 15:00: Ennapadam S Krishnamoorthy; The Institute of Neurological Sciences, Chennai, India

Clinical Neuropsychiatry in the LAMIC Universe: Opportunities & Challenges in an Era of Immuno-Neuropsychiatry


15:00 – 15:30 Janet Cunnigham; Dept of Neurosciences, Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden

Revealing a rainbow of zebras (and maybe some horses) in Clinical immunopsychiatry: a Swedish perspective


15:30 – 16:00: coffee break


16:00 – 16:30: Thomas Pollak; Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, United Kingdom

The present and future of diagnosing immunological psychosis: from clinical red flags to paraclinical biomarkers


16:30 – 17:00: Eileen Joyce; President of the International Neuropsychiatric Association (INA); University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Neuromodulatory therapies in neuropsychiatry: the international perspective


17:00 – 18:30 : Inaugural Session of the International Neuropsychiatric Case Conference:

                                    Presentation of 2-3 cases


Thursday, the 27th of October, 2022


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Broadcasted online (links will be sent to online registered participants a few days before the event)


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