ECNP in depth: interviews

ECNP in depth is a series of interviews with key people in the field, looking at their work and what it says about the future of applied neuroscience. We hope you enjoy them.

August 2020

Élisabeth Tournier-Lasserve, France
Brain Prize Lecture – Genomics of vascular dementia and stroke - Professor Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve
Élisabeth Tournier-Lasserve, along with Marie-Germaine Bousser, Hugues Chabriat and Anne Joutel, was awarded the 2019 Brain Prize for their outstanding research on the most common hereditary form of stroke, CADASIL (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy).
She presented the Brain Prize Lecture 'Genomics of vascular dementia and stroke' on 13 September, 13.00-13.30 during the 33rd ECNP Congress Virtual.

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Guy Goodwin, UK
Guy Goodwin
Guy Goodwin, DPhil, FMedSci, is currently a research fellow and former WA Handley Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. His research interests are in the treatment of bipolar disorder and the application of neuroscience in understanding the neurobiology of mood disorders, with a focus on developing new treatments.
He will take part in the Brainstorming Session 'Can we successfully re-medicalise the #psychedelics?' on 15 September, 13.00-13.30 during the 33rd ECNP Congress Virtual.

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July 2020

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, USA
Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhDJulianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, USA. Her research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection and has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality.
She will be presenting the plenary lecture 'The meta-analysis on loneliness' at the 33rd ECNP Congress Virtual, 12-15 September.

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Silke Matura, Germany
Silke MaturaSilke Matura is a researcher at the Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie Klinikum der J.W.Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. She will be speaking at the 33rd ECNP Congress Virtual, 12-15 September 2020 as part of the symposium 'Mediterranean diet, probiotics and micronutrients: can they improve mental health?'

The PROBIA study is part of the Eat2beNICE project, which is an EU-funded research consortium that studies the connections between gut microbiota, diet, and exercise to formulate nutrition and lifestyle recommendations for brain health. ECNP is one of the partners that supports the Eat2beNICE project. Dr Matura talks to ECNP press officer Tom Parkhill about the PROBIA project and how it aims to look at the effect of probiotics on mental health.

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October 2018

Eric Hollander, USA

Eric_HollanderEric Hollander is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program, and the Anxiety and Depression Program, at Montefiore Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA).

He served as Chair of the DSM-V Research Planning Agenda for Obsessive Compulsive Behavior Spectrum Disorders, and as a member of the DSM-V Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders Workgroup, and the Behavioral and Substance Addictions Workgroup. He has published more than 500 scientific publications as well as having edited 20 books.

During the 31st ECNP Congress, Professor Hollander will speak on the topic of pharmacological treatment of resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) during an educational update session dedicated to the topic.

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July 2018

Marion Leboyer, France

Marion LeboyerMarion Leboyer has been a contributing author on hundreds of scientific papers published over the course of her career, alongside writing several books. She is no stranger to accolades either, having received the Inserm Prize for Public Health Research in 2002, the Foundation for Medical Research’s Jean Bernard Prize for Research in 2007, and the Mogens Schou Award for Research on bipolar disorder in 2011 by the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD).

She is the 2018 winner of the ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award, and she will be delivering her award lecture at the 31st ECNP congress on the topic of precision medicine in psychiatry.

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Tim Hahn, Germany

Tim HahnTim Hahn is Group Leader of AI Development at the Translational Psychiatry Lab of the University of Münster, Germany. He is working to build predictive models to support differential diagnosis, and to determine individual patient risk and treatment response. Addressing these central issues of personalised medicine in psychiatry has been made possible by the continuing evolution of big data and machine learning methods.

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He will be discussing this topic during his symposium at the 31st ECNP Congress.

February 2018

Florence Thibaut, France

Florence ThibautFlorence Thibaut is a psychiatrist and endocrinologist, currently professor of psychiatry at the University Hospital Cochin-Tarnier of Paris-Descartes University (France). Her research interests are varied and include addiction, schizophrenia genetics, and paraphilia.

An investigator in many clinical and pharmaceutical studies, she is also past-president of both the French Association for Biological Psychiatry (AFPB) and the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP).

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In 2017, Florence Thibaut was a chair and a speaker at one of the sessions S.18 (Behavioural addictions: diagnosis, co-morbidity and neurobiology) in the 30th ECNP Congress. You can also view the webcast of her presentation.

In this video, she talks about what ECNP Congress means to the scientific community. She also talks about her work in the field of schizophrenia for several years and her advice to junior scientists. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of ECNP.

September 2017

Michel Hamon, France

HamonMichel Hamon is honorary professor of neuropharmacology at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, and honorary director of research at the French Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM).

In recognition of his decades of ground-breaking research on the characterisation of serotonin and its receptors, he was the recipient of the ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award 2017. He spoke to ECNP about how his career unfolded, what research he is excited about today, and the importance of the supporting structures of peer review and communication.

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In 2017, Michel Hamon has delivered his ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award lecture, ‘A journey into serotonin: 40 years of discoveries and surprises’ (PL.04) during the 30th ECNP Congress in Paris.

You can also view the webcast of his presentation. It is free of charge, only requires registration/login to the webpage.

Another highlight is the special video, where Prof. Hamon talks about the importance of multidisciplinary and collaborative research for improvement of mental health, and his experience at the ECNP Congress.

July 2017

Robert Haim Belmaker, Israel

Robert H. BelmakerRobert Haim Belmaker has been Professor of Psychiatry at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, for the past 30 years. His career has seen the unfolding of the lithium story, and he has played roles therein both in the clinic and the laboratory.

Lithium was approved for clinical use in the treatment of mania in the US in 1970, having been first approved in some European countries in the early 1960s[1]. This of course was the era of the ‘psychopharmacological revolution’, which saw a number of drugs with psychiatric therapeutic effects coming into the clinic.

ECNP talked to him about Crossing continents: changing ideas in bipolar disorder.

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In 2016 Robert Belmaker gave a lecture at the 29th ECNP Congress in an educational update session (E.04). You can also view the webcast of his presentation.
In this video, Dr Belmaker talks about new developments in lithium research and his experience at the ECNP Congress.

June 2017

Hanna van den Munkhof, USA
Hanna_vanden_MunkhofHanna van den Munkhof (Stuber Lab, Department of Psychiatry University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) is a junior scientist who presented at the 29th ECNP Congress in 2016 on the novel antipsychotic brexpiprazole, which has recently been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and as an adjunct in major depressive disorder (MDD). Van den Munkhof's findings showed that brexpiprazole reverses a disruption of thalamocortical function induced by phencyclidine, which is used as a pharmacological model of schizophrenia.
She carried out this work as part of the Innovative Medicines Initiative Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia (IMI-NEWMEDS) consortium, which is part of a Europe-wide initiative to address bottlenecks in drug development.
Van den Munkhof spoke to ECNP to describe her work and life as a junior scientist.

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In 2016 Hanna van den Munkhof gave a lecture in a Junior Scientist symposium (S.12.04). You can view the webcast of Hanna's presentation.
In this video Hanna talks about her experience at the ECNP Congress, and her interests related to the field.

April 2017

Maurizio Popoli, Italy
Maurizio Popoli is professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Milano, Italy.
In the last several years, the role of stress in neuropsychiatric disorders has been a central object of investigation in his research group. ECNP asked him a couple of questions about this.
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In 2016 Maurizio Popoli gave a lecture in a symposium on social stress and psychopathology (S.01).
Here you can view the webcast of his lecture.
In this video he talks about the ECNP Congress, but also about his daily work on the effects of stress.

Read ECNP in depth interviews of the previous years here.