10-12 april 2024 - Helsingborg, Sweden

Maudsley Forum Scandinavia

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About Maudsley Forum Scandinavia

Region Skåne University Hospital for adult psychiatry Helsingborg, in collaboration with King’s College London and Lund University’s
department for child and adolescent psychiatry proudly present an intensive, three-day state-of-the-art educational conference.

World-class speakers, leading experts from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London and distinguished Scandinavian clinicians and researchers, with a worldwide reputation for psychiatric research and clinical care, will meet in Helsingborg and present cutting edge advances in clinical and academic psychiatry. The Forum will provide a top-level update on social, psychological and biological aspects of psychiatric disorders, reviewing advances in diagnostics and new methods of treatment.

It consists of a broad spectrum of lectures, in the fields of Adult Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, addressing topics such as psychotic and mood disorders, addiction, pharmacological and psychological treatment interventions, genetics and epigenetics in psychiatry, neuroimaging and neurocognition. 

Please note that the lectures are held in English.

Following up the success in 2022

The establishment of the first Maudsley Forum Scandinavia was orchestrated by Professor Sir Robin Murray, Professor Allan Young and Associate Professor Jonas Eberhard, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London and Lund University, Sweden.

Our intention is that this conference will become an annual, long-lasting tradition, introducing a Forum for networking, exchange of ideas and cooperation.

The conference is primarily intended for psychiatrists - specialists and residents, but also for clinical psychologists, mental health professionals as well as neuroscientists and students.  

Will open in October.

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Event Schedule - 10 April

Preliminary programme, subject to changes.

Morning 10 April
  • 9:00 - 9:45 am - Registration
  • 9:45 - 10:30 am - Professor Allan Young

    The treatment of depression: what does the future hold?  


  • 10:30 - 11:00 am - Fika Pause
  • 11:00 - 11:45 am - Professor Robin Murray



  • 11:45 - 12:30 am -  Dr Ruchika Gajwani

    From affective dysregulation to pathology: Neurodevelopment problems and trauma in young people, at risk of serious mental illness.


Afternoon 10 April
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:15 pm -  Professor Fiona Gaughran


  • 2:15-2:45 pm - Fika Pause
  • 2:45-3:30 pm - Dr. Maurits Johansson

    Depression and dementia 


  • 3:30-4:15



Evening 19 September

Event Schedule - 11 April

Preliminary programme, subject to changes.

Morning 11 April
  • 9:00 - 9:45 am - Martha di Forti 



  • 9:45 - 10:30 am - Professor Martin Balslev

    Are bensodiazapines dangerous?


  • 10:30 - 11:00 am - Fika Pause
  • 11:00 - 11:45 am - Dr. Daniel Lindqvist

    Svårbehandlad depression-nya förskningsrön


  • 11:45 - 12:30 am - Dr. James Rucker 

    Our work with psilocybin and MDMA

Afternoon 11 April
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:15 pm -  Edgar Jones  

    PTSD, current conflicts 


  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm - TBA

    Moderator: Peik Gustafsson

  • 3:30 - 4:15 pm - TBA


Evening 11 April
  • 6:30 - 11:00 pm - Dinner

Event Schedule - 12 April

Preliminary programme, subject to changes.

Morning 12 April
  • 9:00 - 9:45 am - Mohammad Ghaziuddin 

    Managing mental illness in autism: a lifespan perspective


  • 9:45 - 10:30 am - Dr. Mariana Pinto da Costa 

    From Hikikomori to social contacts - navigating the spectrum of social isolation


  • 10:30 - 11:00 am - Fika Pause
  • 11:00 - 11:45 am - Associate Professor Åsa Konradsson 



  • 11:45 - 12:30 am - Dr Graham Murray 

    Personalized Psychiatry using routinely collected data


Afternoon 12 April
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:15 pm -  TBA


  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm - Panel discussion 


  • 3:30 - 4:15 pm - TBA
Evening 12 April

Speakers 2024

Dag Aarsland is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at IoPPN, King’s College London. Visiting professor at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Research Director at Centre for Age-Related Medicine, Stavanger University Hospital, Norway. A psychiatrist who has worked as a senior consultant in geriatric psychiatry for most of his career. Main research interest is the neuropsychiatric aspects of patients with neurodegenerative diseases, in particular translational studies on cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Professor Allan Young holds the Chair of Mood Disorders and is Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the IoPPN, King’s College London. Research focus on the cause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders. He has received research grant funding from the UK Medical Research Council, the Stanley Medical Research Institute, the Canadian Institutes for Heath Research, the National Institutes of Health (USA) and numerous other agencies. He has published over 400 publications and a number of books.
Allan Young


Fiona Gaughran, Director of Research and Development at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in London, Lead Consultant for the National Psychosis Service. Reader in Psychopharmacology and Physical Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in London, Edinburgh and Dublin and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Implementing new, evidence-based approaches to help people who have psychotic illnesses that have been resistant to treatment. Research interests focus on the interface between physical health and severe mental illness and on the management of psychosis.
Daniel Lindqvist is associate professor of psychiatry at Lund University and director of research, education and development at the Office for Psychiatry and Habilitation, Region Skåne. Dr Lindqvist leads the Unit for Biological and Precision Psychiatry at Lund University. By using blood, brain, and feces biomarkers dr Lindqvist’s group want to delineate specific subgroups of depression, and test the antidepressant efficacy of various interventions targeting these specific biological pathways. The goal of this research program is to advance precision psychiatry by tailoring antidepressant treatments.

Daniel Lindqvist

Associate Professor

Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at the IoPPN. Particular interest is in psychosis and has contributed to the understanding that environmental factors dysregulate striatal dopamine and thus increase the risk of schizophrenia-like psychoses. He is also involved in testing new treatments for psychotic illnesses, and cares for people with psychosis at the SLaM NHS Foundation Trust. Written over 700 articles. Most frequently cited schizophrenia researcher outside the USA. Has supervised 52 PhDs and 40 of his students have become full professors. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and received a knighthood in 2011.
Sir Robin Murray


Jonas Eberhard, MD PhD, Associate Professor, Senior lecturer, Consultant psychiatrist, and Head of the Severe Mental Illness research unit at the Dept of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Psychiatry Skåne, Helsingborg, Sweden. Focusing on Epidemiology and clinical trials in Severe Mental Illness JE has worked in psychiatry for 40 years and been involved in Psychiatric drug development since the early 90ies e.g. as international medical adviser at Lundbeck HQ in Copenhagen. He is the current Scientific secretary of the Swedish Psychiatric Association and programme responsible for the Swedish Psychiatric congress, and national editor for the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. Jonas is the author of numerous scientific articles and author/editor of several books in the areas of psychosis, cognition, and psychiatric-physical co-morbidity. Jonas did his basic medical training at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany & the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He did most of his clinical training and his dissertation at Lund University in Sweden, and subsequent academic training at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, King’s College London.
Jonas Eberhard

Associate Professor

Åsa Konradsson-Geuken, Associate Professor in Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University & Helsingborg Clinical Science dept 
Åsas research focuses on finding new treatments that could reduce the recurring psychoses, increase the quality of life and longevity of patients with schizophrenia. The purpose of her studies is to use unique techniques to clarify how drugs, drug candidates and new combinations of molecules affect higher cognitive processes in the brain. These studies may increase our understanding of the neurobiology behind schizophrenia and thereby facilitate the development of new effective drugs.
Åsa Konradsson

Associate Professor in Pharmacology 

Professor in the History of Medicine & Psychiatry at King’s College London. Edgar Jones is an authority on the psychological effects of modern war and conflict. He has studied both conventional armed forces and terrorism, exploring how individuals cope during periods of intense stress and the impact of traumatic experiences on their wellbeing. More recently he has researched moral injury, an enduring belief of being wronged or having been compelled to act in ways that feel wrong, in servicemen and women. Edgar Jones has also published on risk factors for radicalisation and support of political violence. He has written extensively on shell shock, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic multi-symptom illness suffered as a result of military service. The author of a number of reports for government and military or mental health charities, his work seeks to shape policy and practice.  
Edgar Jones


Previous speakers 2022

Sebastian Lundström is a licensed psychologist and associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry who has worked with large-scale epidemiological studies for more than 15 years and conducted several clinical studies. Sebastian also works clinically and investigates younger children with a suspected autism spectrum disorder.
Sebastian Lundström

Associate Professor

Danish psychiatrist and researcher as well as Editor-in-chief of Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. Published numerous papers including research in the theory of excitotoxic mechanisms in ischemic neuronal necrosis, the effect of seizures on the brain and the efficacy of psychotherapy on depression.  Has postgraduate training in internal medicine, surgery, neurology and neurosurgery at university hospitals in Copenhagen (Glostrup and Gentofte). Psychiatric training at the University Hospitals Bispebjerg Hospital and Rigshospitalet.
Martin Balslev Joergensen


Dr Shubulade (aka Lade) Smith is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London. After training in general psychiatry at the Maudsley, she undertook a Research Fellowship in antipsychotic side effects, supervised by Professor Sir Robin Murray. She was nominated as “Woman of the Year” and a BMA Pioneer award for innovation in psychiatry for her “one-stop shop” joint physical-mental health clinic. Dr Smith is the Lead for the Acute Forensic Pathway of the South London Partnership and Clinical Director of the Forensic Services at SLaM. She is also Clinical and Strategic Director of the National Collaborating Centre  Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, providing medical leadership for the team developing mental health guidelines. She sat on the core working group of the UK Independent Mental Health Act Review, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Dr Smith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019 for services to Forensic Psychiatry. In November 2019 she was awarded Psychiatrist of the Year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Her research includes tackling mental health inequality; physical health in SMI; implementation of Advance decisions to reduce involuntary detention and the short-term management of violent behaviour. Dr Smith is a Trustee of National Mind and an advisor to Rethink. She is also a Trustee of the Bethlem Gallery. Dr Smith enjoys walking along London’s river, reading and Zumba.
Shubulade Smith


Sukhi Shergill is Professor of Psychiatry at KMMS and Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Research at the Kent wide NHS trust (KMPT) since October 2021. He is also Professor of Psychiatry and Systems Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London (KCL). He trained in medicine at University College London (UCL), completing a BSc in Psychology before starting his psychiatry training at UCL and completing his higher training at the Maudsley Hospital London. He obtained his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry KCL and was the recipient of several research fellowships before promotion to Professor in 2014. He heads the Cognition, Schizophrenia and Imaging Laboratory, comprising two-dozen academics, clinical researchers, PhD and other students. He was the founding director of the King’s centre for innovative therapies developing novel therapeutic approaches to mental health between industry and academics/clinicians within KCL. He led the MSc programmes in Mental Health Studies and Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology at KCL for a decade. He has been the recipient of several research and teaching awards; has had extensive grant funding from a range of governmental and charitable sources; published over 250 peer reviewed research publications and supervised more than 20 PhD students.
Sukhi Shergill


Stephen Bazire is Honorary Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia in Norwich, and a Director of Mistura Enterprise (running the Choice and Medication®) and Mistura Informatics (MaPPs 2®). He was Chief Pharmacist for Norfolk mental health services (1986-2011) and then Consultant Pharmacist in Medicines Management until retiring from the NHS in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and the College of Mental Health Pharmacy, and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to pharmacy and the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists Gold Medal in 2013. He is a member of David Nutt’s DrugScience Scientific Committee. He is probably best known as the author of the "Psychotropic Drug Directory" (29 editions to 2021 and over half a million copies sold worldwide) and for running the Choice and Medication website. His special clinical interests include depression, bipolar, adult ADHD, and user and carer information and education on medicines. 
Steve Bazire


Dr Amir Englund has a PhD in Cannabinoid Psychopharamcology from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Over the last decade he has conduced several experimental psychopharmacology studies using cannabinoid in healthy volunteers as well as clinical trials with CBD as a treatment for psychosis.
Amir Englund


Robert Kelly is a psychiatrist affiliated with Cornell University and Lund University, working clinically for New York-Presbyterian Hospital in the United States. He serves as associate editor for Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Diseases section editor for Brain Sciences, and on committees for the American Psychiatric Association. He conducts research in metascience, neuroimaging methods, geriatric psychiatry, and mood disorders. His most recent work focuses on understanding and addressing the so-called “replication crisis”.
Robert Kelly


Tina Hedberg

Resident (ST-läkare) in Psychiatry, Helsingborg
Project leader Maudsley Forum Scandinavia

Spyridon Baltzis was born in Athens and studied medicine at the University of Crete. He is a specialist in psychiatry and a doctoral student at Lund University. He is the initial project manager of Maudsley Forum Scandinavia that was arranged and cancelled -twice!- due to COVID-19.
Spyridon Baltzis




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