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2014 IPA Regional Meeting

Scientific Program

The 2014 IPA European Regional Meeting is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

The 2014 IPA European Regional Meeting is designated for a maximum of 12 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Featured Plenaries and Symposia

What is meant by Alzheimer’s Disease?

The State of Old Age Mental Health Services in Europe

EU Initiatives to Improve Mental Health Care for Elderly People (sponsored by the European Association for Geriatric Psychiatry)

  • Martin Orrell, United Kingdom
  • Afifa Qazi, United Kingdom
  • Frans Verhey, The Netherlands


  • Anja De Clercq, Belgium
  • Anna-Karin Edberg, Sweden
Carol Brayne

Carol is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic.

She graduated in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London and went on to train in general medicine. After gaining membership she moved on to training in epidemiology with a Training Fellowship with the Medical Research Council. The research area for this Fellowship was ageing and dementia.

Since the mid eighties her main research area has been longitudinal studies of older people following changes over time in cognition, dementia natural history and associated features with a public health perspective.

She is lead principal investigator in the group of MRC CFA Studies which have informed and will continue to inform national policy and scientific understanding of dementia in whole populations. She has been responsible for training programmes in epidemiology and public health for under and postgraduates since the early nineties.

She is Director of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge.

Alistair Burns

In addition to holding the post of Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Professor Alistair Burns (MBChB, FRCP, FRCPsych, MD, MPhil, DHMSA) is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at The University of Manchester, Clinical Director for the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT). He is the National Clinical Director for Dementia in England.

The Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs has both a strategic and a management role, providing the overall leadership for the Faculty's complex relationship with the NHS, nationally, regionally and locally. The Vice Dean is a member of the Faculty Management Team and interacts effectively with other members of that team, particularly the Associate Dean for Research and the Deputy Director for Medical Education. He will represent the Vice-President and Dean in matters relating to the interface between the University and NHS Trusts. He graduated in medicine in Glasgow in 1980 and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. He became the Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry in The University of Manchester in 1992, where he has been Head of the Division of Psychiatry and is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences. He has been Director of Research and Development in the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust (UHSMT) and Vice-Chairman of the Hospital Board. He leads the memory clinic in MMHSCT and the old age liaison psychiatry service in UHSMT.

Professor Burns is a Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association, is on the board of the European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, and is a member of the Council of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and the Medical Research Council College of Experts. He is Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and is on the Editorial Boards of 'International Psychogeriatrics' and the 'European Journal of Psychiatry'.

Raimundo Mateos

Raimundo Mateos received his medical degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1978. Thereafter he began his training period as a Psychiatrist in the University Hospital of Santiago. During his postgraduate training period, Dr. Mateos was thoroughly prepared as a psycho-dramatist (psychotherapist endorsed by the Spanish Federation of Psychotherapists´ Societies) and had research training in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology—Institute of Psychiatry (London).

In 1987 he earned his PhD with the Project “Community Psychiatric-Epidemiological Study on Galicia”; from that time on Psychiatric Epidemiology became the main topic of his research activities, which have become increasingly focused on psychogeriatrics. In 1991, after training in several British Psycho-Geriatrics Centres that included Professor Tom Arie’s Service, in Nottingham-he was appointed Coordinator of the Psycho-Geriatrics Unit of the Santiago de Compostela Area. This interdisciplinary unit for community medical care evolved into a reference for Psycho-Geriatric care development in Galicia and Spain.

Dr. Mateos conducted several epidemiological community surveys to measure the prevalence of mental disorders among senior citizens, and assess the needs of those suffering psychiatric disorders and their caretakers. The data for these surveys were gathered from large, representative samples of Galicians.

Dr. Mateos collaborates with many pre- and post-graduate training programs in psychogeriatrics which are held in Spain and Europe. He has been an active organizer of many training initiatives, and an annual meeting and Congress of the Spanish Psycho-Geriatrics Society. The combination of Dr. Mateos’ academic and clinical responsibilities, and his willingness to undertake new welfare experiences, have led to his position as the Coordinator of the Task Force of the Sociedad Española de Gerontopsiquiatría y Psicogeriatría (SEGP), addressing the availability of psychogeriatric resources in Spain.

Prof. Mateos is a member of: Sociedad Española de Gerontopsiquiatría y Psicogeriatría (SEGP), Sociedade Galega de Xerontoloxía e Xeriatría (SGXX) (Spain), Sociedad Española de Geriatría y Gerontología, and the European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (EAGP).

Prof. Dr. Mateos has been a member of IPA since 1992, and was elected to the IPA Board of Directors in 2003. He can be contacted at

Filip Bouckaert

Filip Bouckaert (°1968) studied medicine at the KU Leuven, Belgium and trained as a psychiatrist in Kortenberg (Belgium) and Dublin (Ireland). He graduated in 1999 and is working at the department of old age psychiatry of the University Psychiatric Center, KU Leuven, Belgium. He is member of the research group of Psychiatry, department of Neurosciences (biomedical sciences) at the KU Leuven, member of ResPECT (Research in Psychiatry and ECT) and an active member of the Flemish Psychiatric Association, section of old age psychiatry. His clinical and research focus is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), mood disorders, psychosis and personality disorders in the elderly.

Professor Martin Orrell

Professor Martin Orrell, FRCPsych PhD, Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at University College London. Prof Orrell works as an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist and is Director of Research and Development at North East London Foundation Trust. He is a Visiting Professor at City University and Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool.

He is Chair of the Memory Services National Accreditation Panel (MSNAP) and a member of the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia Research Group.

He currently holds 5 major dementia grants totalling £11 million on psychosocial interventions for dementia care and is co-applicant on a further £9 million. He has published over 200 academic papers. He is a Board member of both INTERDEM and the International Psychogeriatric Association. He is Editor of the journal Aging & Mental Health.

E-health in Mental Health for the Elderly

  • David Conn, Canada
  • Marjolein de Vugt, The Netherlands
  • Laila Øksnebjerg, Denmark

Addressing the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

  • Renaud David, France
  • Peter Paul De Deyn, Belgium
  • Frank Jessen, Germany
  • Sebastian Köhler, The Netherlands

Mental Health in the Elderly — Factors and Prevention

Dr. David Conn

Dr. David Conn is the Vice-President of Education and Director of the Centre for Education &c Knowledge Exchange at Baycrest. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health and Chair of the Coalition’s National Guidelines Project. He joined the Department of Psychiatry at Baycrest in 1983 and served as Department Chief from 1992 to 2010. His academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, telepsychiatry, guideline development and knowledge translation. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and is the co-editor of three textbooks including "Practical Psychiatry in the Long-Term Care Home: A Handbook for Staff”. He has been a Board member of IPA since 2009.

Sebastien Köhler

Seb Köhler is an assistant professor at Maastricht University and senior researcher at the Alzheimer Center Limburg. He got trained in neuropsychology (M.A.) at Radboud University Nijmegen, in epidemiology (M.Sc.) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and in neuropsychiatry (Ph.D.) at Maastricht University. His main research focuses on risk and protective factors for dementia, and the relation between neuropsychiatric syndromes and cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative brain changes.

Geir Selbæk

Geir Selbæk is research director at Ageing and Health, Norwegian Centre for Research, Education and Service Development. He has published a number of articles on dementia care and treatment. His research is mainly based on randomized controlled trials on farmacological or psychosocial interventions to treat agitation of psychosis in dementia and large cohort studies of people with dementia receiving in-home care or living in nursing homes.


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