Sara Arranz obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Reus, Spain) in 2001. She completed residencies in Psychiatry (2002–2002) at the Hospital del Mar (Barcelona). He also earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology Forensics. She is finishing her doctoral studies, (Universitat Rovira I Virgili) focused on the role of cannabis dependence, gender differences and first episode psychosis. She started working as a Staff Psychiatrist at the inpatient Unit at the Hospital Universitari Institut Pere Mata in Reus. She was teacher at the University Rovira I Virgili in the Studies of Medicine and Psychology. Nowadays she is working at the staff of Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu and working in research in the Severe Mental Disorders Group. She is a member of the Spanish society of Dual diagnosis and the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women`s Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health.
Ana Barajas is a psychologist and researcher for the Centre d’Higiene Mental Les Corts in Barcelona, the Early Psychosis Intervention Programme (EPIP) and the Master Plan on Mental Health and Addictions (PDSMiAd). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Universitat de Barcelona and is currently completing a PhD programme in Clinical Psychology with a focus on early-stage psychotic disorders at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Child and Adult Clinical Psychopathology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She completed training supervised by Prof. Max Birchwood in the Early Intervention Service at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Barajas has collaborated on several research projects with an epidemiological and descriptive approach to incipient psychotic disorders, and has published in various high-impact national and international journals. She is currently coordinating various studies that follow two lines of research: a) the adaptation and validation of psychometric instruments and b) clinical trials that evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions.
Her research focuses on the study of high-risk populations for psychosis and first-episode psychosis and specifically explores: a) psychosis onset predictors, b) cognitive impairment and the effectiveness of cognitive remediation interventions, c) the effectiveness of early intervention programmes for spectrum psychotic disorders, d) the psychometric properties of instruments for assessing populations with an incipient psychotic disorder and e) clinical implications of gender differences for incipient psychosis.
Ms Barajas has belonged to the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women’s Mental Health since 2006.
Dr Jesús Cobo, PhD, obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the Universidad de Cantabria in 1991 and completed a Psychiatry residency at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge in Barcelona in 2000. He earned a master’s degree in History of Science in 2004 and a master’s degree in Affective Neurosciences in 2009. He also obtained his doctoral degree in History of Science in 2006. He currently works as a Senior Psychiatrist at the Corporació Sanitària i Universitària Parc Taulí (Sabadell, Barcelona). Dr Cobo has participated in various research studies and authored or co-authored several scientific papers, primarily on women’s mental health, but also on bipolar disorders, psychopathology and psychopharmacology. He is an Associate Lecturer of Psychiatry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he has supervised numerous doctoral dissertations and academic papers. He is an active member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and co-organises several congresses, symposia and meetings in the field.
Gemma Garcia-Parés is an MD, PhD from the University of Barcelona (UB, 1999), specialist in Psychiatry (Universitat de Barcelona, 1988) and Legal Psychiatry (Complutense University of Madrid, 1994) . During her predoctoral training also served as assistant psychiatrist at Maricopa Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona, USA) and was professor of nursing at the University of Arizona.
She has been devoted to postgraduate education and has been very productive in organizing courses, conferences and symposia since 2000. She has taught in several university postgraduate courses in psychology and in medicine. She was an Associated Professor at the Medical School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) until March, 2015, when she moved to Andorra.
Her current research focuses on the biological basis of mental disorders, the suicide prevention and always in the gender perspective related to mental disorders. The result of this research has been published in numerous national and international journals.
She was President of the Board of the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2006-2009. She is a member of the Education and Research Committees of the International Association for Women's Mental Health and she is also a Corresponding Member of the American Psychiatric Association since 1997. Since the year 2010, she is the Director of the UPDATE for the Catalan Psychiatric Association.
Currently she conducts her clinical and management practice as a Head of the Mental Health Service at Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell in Andorra.
Dr. Alexandre González-Rodríguez obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Medicine at the University of Barcelona in 2008. He earned residency in Psychiatry (2009-2013) at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. In 2013, he obtained the End of Residency Award (Premi Emili Letang) for the development of the project: Depressive postpartum episode, study of the clinical trajectories and recurrence risk factors at 8-year follow-up, at the Perinatal Psychiatry and Gender Research Program in Barcelona. He has been working at the Barcelona Clinic Schizophrenia Unit (BCSU) (2014-2017) as clinical researcher on the field of schizophrenia and related disorders, and has been granted by the First Juan José López-Ibor Research Grant for Young Researchers. Nowadays he is working at the Acute Psychiatric Unit of the Department of Mental Health at the Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí. His research interests are gender differences in schizophrenia, particularly, the influence of the reproductive status, hormonal and genetic factors on antipsychotic response in schizophrenia, as well as the study of the clinical trajectories and response to antipsychotic medications in delusional disorder populations (Parc-Taulí-Delusional Disorder Workgroup). He is member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health (Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health), the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) and the European Society of Menopause and Andropause (EMAS).
María Luisa Imaz Gurrutxaga, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the University of the Basque (Spain) Country and completed a Psychiatry residency at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona (Spain). She received her Master’s Degree in Drug-Addictions at the University of Deusto (Spain), her Master’s Degree in Legal and Forensic Psychiatry at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
Currently she is a clinical research senior psychiatrist at the Psychiatry Service in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Spain) in two psychiatric intervention programs integrating the gender perspective: the Perinatal Psychiatry Program Barcelona-CLINIC and the Prevention and Treatment of PTSD Program in women suffering sexual assault. She is involved in two research lines: one focused in diagnostic and treatment of perinatal affective disorders, especially bipolar disorder and puerperal psychosis; the other focused in developing and evaluating mental health interventions for victims of sexual violence. She is a member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and member of the International Marcé Society.
She is, also, a member of the Spanish Marcé Society (MARES) Executive (from 2011 to this day).
Javier Labad obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Reus, Spain) in 1999. He completed residencies in Psychiatry (2000–2004) and Endocrinology and Nutrition (2004–2009) at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (Barcelona). He also earned a Master’s Degree in Statistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His doctoral dissertation (Universitat de Barcelona, 2011) focused on the role of female gender and the female reproductive cycle in the phenotypic expression of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). After finishing his endocrinology training, he completed training as a Clinical Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Endocrinology Unit, where he studied the effects of glucocorticoid hormones on the brain. In October 2009, he returned to Spain and started working as a Staff Psychiatrist in the Early Psychosis Programme at the Hospital Universitari Institut Pere Mata in Reus. He leads the Psychoneuroendocrinology and Stress Research Group at the Institut d’Investigació Sanitaria Pere Virgili (IISPV) and the Early Intervention Service team in Reus. He has authored several scientific papers on women’s mental health, including the role of the female reproductive cycle in OCD and the role of gender differences in OCD and psychosis. He is interested in researching the role of stress and hormones on the pathogenesis and outcome of mental disorders, including mood disorders, OCD and early-stage psychotic disorders.
Dr. Laia Miquel is a Psychiatrist in the Addiction Unit at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, Spain and an IDIBAPS researcher. She completed her Ph.D in 2018 at the University of Barcelona. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between alcohol consumption and health service use and costs.
Her current work focuses on epidemiological, clinical and treatment aspects of alcohol cannabis and other substance of use. As a clinician actually involved in neuroscience research, her ultimate goal is to find novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools integrating biological and clinical measures to reduce the suffering of patients with cannabis, cocaine and alcohol use disorders. More recently, is working on psychological trauma in individuals suffering from addictive disorders.
She is a member of the Spanish Network on Addictive Disorders (RTA) and the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women`s Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psichiatry and Mental Health. She is also a board member of the society Socidrogalcohol in Catalonia.
Dr Susana Ochoa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1996. She obtained her doctoral degree with the dissertation “The needs of people with Schizophrenia who live in the community” (2004), and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona. Dr Ochoa is the Research and Development Unit Coordinator at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Sant Boi, Barcelona). She is interested in the research of psychosis and gender, authoring several scientific papers on this subject, and has led a team of researchers studying this disorder. She participates in the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and co-organises several congresses and meetings. She is a member of the CIBERSAM Spanish research network.
Gemma Parramon Puig obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and completed a Psychiatry residency at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona.
Currently she is Head of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Section and Coordinator of the Perinatal Psychiatry Unit of the Psychiatry Service of the Hospital Universitari de la Vall d'Hebrón de Barcelona, associate professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and researcher of the VHIR - Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca.
She has developed his clinical and research activity in the field of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and of mental disorders in women.
She is a member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, member of the International Marcé Society and vice president of Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health
Dr. Mª Cristina Pinet Ogué obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Medicine at the University of Barcelona in 1982, and completed the Psychiatry residency in Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (HSCSP)of Barcelona in 1987.
In 1988 started her work in the Addiction Unit in HSCSP, with outpacients and inpatients, and is the coordinator of the Smoking Cessation Program, intensive intervention addressed to very serious smokers, with medical or psychiatric comorbidity.
Since 1999 she is the supervisor of the resident training program at the Addiction Unit.
Her research interests are gender differences in addiction disorders, especially in tobacco use, gender violence in the community and in women in methadone programs.
Anita Riecher-Rössler, MD PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry. She is specialised in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, as well as in consultation and liaison psychiatry and in gerontopsychiatry. In 1998, she was the first woman to be appointed to a full chair for psychiatry in a German speaking country.
Her research interests are the field of schizophrenic psychoses and that of gender differences in mental disorders and mental disorders in women.
Her work in the field of schizophrenic psychoses has mainly been on the onset and the early detection of these disorders, but also on late onset schizophrenia.
Furthermore, she has worked on psychoneuroendocrinology and on mental disorders related to women’s reproductive functions, such as during pregnancy, the postpartum and in menopause. A further focus is on psychosocial risk factors for mental disorders in women, such as violence.
Her approach is a bio-psycho-social one, i.e. she always tries to consider all these aspects in the pathogenesis as well as the therapy of mentally ill persons.
Prof. Dr. med. Anita Riecher-Rössler, MD PhDFMH Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,Psychoanalysis DGPPT, Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, Gerontopsychiatry and -psychotherapyUniversity of Basel
Dr. Monica Sanchez obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the University of Barcelona in 2004, and completed the Psychiatry residency in Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu in 2009. She is currently working as a psychiatrist at the Community Mental Health Center of Terrassa, Barcelona, where she is also involved in teaching as a supervisor of the resident training program since 2014.
Her research interests are gender differences in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, adverse effects in psychopharmacology, and dual diagnosis in psychiatry.
Her current work focuses on biomarkers and gender differences in bipolar disorders. She is a member of the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women’s Mental Health (Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health) and the Young Psychiatrists Group (Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health).
Dra Judith Usall obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1988 and
completed a Psychiatry residency in 1992 at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. She earned a Master’s Degree
in Women’s Studies in 2001 and obtained her doctoral degree with the dissertation “Gender and
schizophrenia: symptomatological and social-function differences between women and men” (2003). Dr Usall
is a Senior Psychiatrist and Research Coordinator for the Severe Mental Disorders Group (MERITT) in the
Research and Development Unit at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Sant Boi, Barcelona). She is an
Advisory Board Member of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH). She is a
member of the task Force on Women’s Mental Health of the World Federation of Societies in Biological
Psychiatry (WFSBP).She has authored several scientific papers primarily related to women’s mental
health. She leads the Catalan Research Workgroup on Women's Mental Health in the Catalan Society of
Psychiatry and Mental Health and co-organises several congresses and meetings.
Abstract Submission Deadline (only posters) Extended until September 28, 2020
Early Registration Deadline September 15, 2020
November 17, 2020 – 14:00h
Best Oral Communication Award: Prize of 300€ Best Poster Award: Prize of 200€
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If you had an accepted abstract for WMH 2020 in-person meeting, the abstract will remain accepted for the WMH 2020 Virtual Meeting (November 16-17, 2020) in the same format that you were informed on the notification of acceptance email (oral or poster).
In due course we will inform you by email about the instructions to prepare and send your presentation (in the corresponding format), which will be available on-demand in the virtual platform created specifically for the Virtual Meeting.
The authors will receive the corresponding presentation certificate, which will have the same validity as if they had attended the face-to-face Conference.
The scientific program and schedule remains as planned. If any changes may occur, they will be updated in the Congress website. Please notice that all sessions will be available on-demand from 18 November onwards, for registered attendees