Meet the Expert No10

November 29th, 2022


Registration is required

To all attendants via email


“November 29th, 2022 at 17:00 GMT”

New York



San Diego

Paris, Rome

01:00 (30/11)

The Webinar continues the series of MSc Webinars – the online-ZOOM events for the clinicians and educators in the field of psychiatry.

The MSc Webinar is organized for mental health professionals by the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences and Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, under the auspices of:

WPA 2020-23 Action Plan group on Evidence Based Psychopharmacology
WPA section on Evidence Based Psychiatry

The aim of these educational sessions is to provide a global and comprehensive update of the newest developments in neurobiology, psychopharmacology, treatment guidelines and personcentered care of mental disorders.

The strategic approach of the invited speakers is to avoid content-free eloquence and authority and to face hard questions on the base of research findings.


Prof. Alan C. Swann

"Lifetime and Instant: Temporal Architecture of Suicide"

Prof. Post attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, straight medicine internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, research fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Psychiatry Residency at Yale University School of Medicine, and initial faculty appointment as assistant professor there. He was in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, from 1980-2013, followed by Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey VAMC.

Academic activities combine teaching, clinical, administration, and research. Teaching includes didactics, supervision, and mentoring of medical and graduate students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows, community education and support activities, resulting in Teaching Awards at UT and Baylor. Clinical responsibilities have included setting up an outpatient program, supervising inpatient and outpatient clinical units, and caring for patients directly and for consultations or second opinions. Administratively, I served on the IRB at UT Houston for 25 years and was Vice-Chair and Chair, and on Health Science Center, Medical School, Graduate School, and Departmental committees. I was Vice Chair for Research at UT Houston from 1990-2013, also serving on or chairing other committees and work groups. At Michael E. DeBakey VAMC I have served on the Research & Development Committee

Research (over 300 refereed publications, 87 chapters, invited reviews or commentaries) currently focuses on interactions between long-term and short-term mechanisms in the immediate regulation of behavior, especially regarding mechanisms of disease progression and of suicidal behavior. Preclinical human research includes impulsivity, sensitization, and regulation of action, both long-term (sensitization) and immediate (impulsivity). Clinical research, stemming from preclinical research, includes relationships of preclinical mechanisms to clinical characteristics and treatment of psychiatric, especially affective, disorders; interactions between episode characteristics and illness course; and related topics including suicide, substance abuse, mixed states, and combinations of addictions with other illnesses. Basic research includes pharmacological and developmental aspects of behavioral sensitization to stimulants or stressors, a potential model for recurrence and progression in psychiatric disorders. Mechanisms in sensitization overlap with those regulating initiation of action. Strategies include extensive collaboration to combine neurophysiological, behavioral laboratory, psychopharmacological, and clinical studies. Our goals include understanding mechanisms of initiation of action and of disease progression that cut across current diagnostic entities. My aim is to link basic and preclinical research to clinical research and observation to develop clinically relevant indices of brain function that will enable us to identify and treat severe psychiatric illness in a physiologically-based manner. Directly working with patients and with trainees is necessary for this aim. Research support has included NIMH, NIAAA, Centers for Disease Control, American Heart Association, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, private foundations, and industry.

Prof. Robert Post

"Need for early recognition and treatment of childhood bipolar disorder"

Dr. Post graduated from Yale University in 1964, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1968, and interned at the Einstein School of Medicine in 1969.

His Psychiatry residency was completed at the Massachusetts General Hospital, NIMH, and George Washington University. He was Chief, Biological Psychiatry Branch for many of his 36 years at the NIMH where his research focused on better understanding and treating patients with refractory unipolar and bipolar illness.

His group has won major awards from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, APA, ACNP, Anna Monika Foundation, NARSAD, NDMDA, NAMI, ACP, ISBD, and the CINP. He is on multiple editorial boards and has published more than 1,070 manuscripts.

He is the: author of a book entitled “Treatment of Bipolar Illness: A Casebook for Clinicians and Patients”, 2008: 666 pages, published by WW Norton; and editor of the Bipolar Network News (BNN), a quarterly free newsletter available online at www.bipolarnews.org.

He founded the Childhood Mood Disorders Initiative with Robert Findling, MD which allows parents to weekly rate their child’s severity of anxiety, depression, ADHD, oppositional behavior, and mania so these can be printed out and taken to their treating physician for ease of recognition of longitudinal symptom severity and response to treatment.


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Health Sciences


In collaboration with

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WPA 2020-23 Action Plan group on Evidence Based Psychopharmacology
WPA section on Evidence Based Psychiatry

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