CANCELLATION - Conference: "Brain and Self

Cancellation and rescheduling of the "Brain and Self: Psychiatric Nosology" conference April 21-23 2010

Dear Colleagues and Prospective Attendees,

As you most likely have heard, there is a closure of the airspace and airports in Northern Europe due to volcanic dust blowing from Iceland, preventing both speakers and participants from arriving on time in Copenhagen. At this moment, the chance that the situation will improve in the next 24 hours is grim.
We therefore had to make the painful decision to cancel the conference. We are terribly sorry about this development as we were looking forward to an active interchange with all of you on this fascinating topic. We are hoping to reschedule this conference in the fall of 2010 and will inform you as soon as we have succeeded in finding suitable dates.
With warm regards,
Kenneth Kendler & Josef Parnas

Brain and Self. Psychiatric Nosology: Definition, History and Validity

The field of psychiatry is again undergoing a major re-examination of its classification system. The two major nosologic systems - DSM and ICD - are both currently undergoing revisions. This conference - to be held April 21-23, 2010 in Copenhagen under the sponsorship of the University of Copenhagen (Danish National Research Foundation's Center for Subjectivity Research; Psychiatric Center Hvidovre; PhD School, Faculty of Health Sciences) - will examine the conceptual and philosophical bases for psychiatric diagnoses. The conference is organized into 5 sessions:

i) The Basics - The Definition of Psychiatric Illness and Rules for Classification,
ii) The Historical Development of Modern Psychiatric Diagnoses,
iii) Concepts of Validity in Psychology and Psychiatry,
iv) Application to Major Depression and Schizophrenia and
v) The Way(s) Forward.

Speakers include leading figures in the philosophy of psychiatry, vice-chair persons of the Task Force on DSM-IV and DSM-V and psychiatrists who have made important recent contributions to the philosophy-psychiatry dialogue (see program below). The meeting will emphasize dialogue with each presentation being followed first by formal comments from another of the contributors and then by open discussion.

Wednesday, April 21

9:00-9:10 Ralf Hemmingsen Opening
9:10-9:30 J. Parnas & K. S. Kendler Welcome & Opening Comments 
9:30-10:05 Derek Bolton: "Definition of Mental Disorder and Classifying by Etiology"
10:05-10:15 Peter Kramer Invited Discussion
10:15-10:35 General Discussion
10:35-10:55 Break
10:55-11:30 Peter Zachar: "Progress and the Calibration of Good Scientific Kinds"
11:30-11:40 Rachel Cooper Invited Discussion
11:40-12:00 General Discussion
12:00-1:20 Lunch
1:20-1:55 Nassir Ghaemi: TBA
1:55-2:05 Derek Bolton Invited Discussion
2:05-2:25 General Discussion
2:25-3:00 Rachel Cooper: "How Should Values Shape Psychiatric Classification Systems?"
3:00-3:10 Nassir Ghaemi Invited Discussion
3:10-3:30 General Discussion
3:30-3:50 Break
3:50-4:25 Peter Kramer: "Where We Stand Now With Respect to Our Diagnostic Categories: Psychiatrist as Agnostic Priest"
4:25-4:35 Michael First Invited Discussion
4:35-4:55 General Discussion

Thursday, April 22

9:00-9:35 Assen Jablensky: "Nosological Entities in Psychiatry: An Historical Illusion or a Real Moving Target?"
9:35-9:45 Darrel Regier Invited Discussion
9:45-10:05 General Discussion
10:05-10:40 German Berrios: "19th C. (Psychiatric) Nosologies: History and Epistemology"
10:40-10:50 Josef Parnas Invited Discussion
10:50-11:10 General Discussion
11:10-11:30 Break
11:30-12:05 Michael First: "Development of DSM-III - from a Historical/Conceptual Perspective"
12:05-12:15 Assen Jablensky Invited Discussion
12:15-12:35 General Discussion 
12:35-1:55 Lunch
1:55-2:30 Harold Pincus: "DSM-IV: Context, Concepts and Controversies"
2:30-2:40  Mario Maj Invited Discussion
2:40-3:00  General Discussion
3:00-3:35 Kenneth Schaffner: "A Philosophical Overview of the Problems of a Validity for Psychiatric Disorders"
3:35-3:45 Peter Zachar Invited Discussion
3:45-4:05 General Discussion
4:05-4:25  Break
4:25-5:00  Robert Krueger: "The Concept of Validity in Psychology: Relevance to Psychiatric Classification Systems"
5:00-5:10  Paul McHugh Invited Discussion
5:10-5:30  General Discussion

 Friday, April 23

9:00-9:35 Mario Maj: "Development and Validity of the Current Concept of Major Depression"
9:35-9:45 German Berrios Invited Discussion
9:45-10:05 General Discussion
10:05-10:40 Josef Parnas: "Evolution of the Concept of Schizofrenia and its Research Implications"
10:40-10:50 Kenneth Kendler Invited Discussion
10:50-11:10 General Discussion
11:10-11:30 Break
11:30-12:05 Paul McHugh: "Striving for Coherence"
12:05-12:15 Harold Pincus Invited Discussion
12:15-12:35 General Discussion
12:35-1:55 Lunch
1:55-2:30 Darrel Regier: "The Conceptual Development of DSM-V"
2:30-2:40 Robert Krueger Invited Discussion 
2:40-3:00 General Discussion 
3:00-3:20 Break
3:20-3:55 Kenneth S. Kendler: "Validity in Psychiatry and the Problem of Epistemic Iteration"
3:55-4:05 Kenneth Schaffner Invited Discussion
4:05-4:25 General Discussion
4:25-4:45 Kenneth S. Kendler & Josef Parnas Closing Comments

The conference is open for participation for all with a professional interest (psychiatry, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, related disciplines).

Participation is without fee, but registration is necessary. The conference covers no expenses related to participation. Maximum audience is 200, of which 50 places are reserved for local and foreign PhD students. There is no deadline for the application but selection/registration of participants will follow "first come, first serve" principle.


2 ECTS-points

PhD students are asked to register here. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
Students are asked to register here before April 15. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED 
All other participants are asked to register at: Mrs Jill Opalesky. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
The conference takes place at The Lundsgård Auditorium which is part of the Panum Building Complex.

Faculty of Health Sciences
3B, Blegdamsvej
DK-2200 Copenhagen N

The Panum Building is located on Blegdamsvej 3B, DK-2200 Copenhagen N
Public transport: Buses 6A, 42, 43, 184, 185, 150S depart from Nørreport train station (every 10 mins)