Meet the Expert No5

January 23rd, 2022


Registration is required

To all attendants via email


“January 23rd, 2022 at 18:00 GMT”

New York



San Diego

CEST/Paris, Rome

02:00 (15/11)

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. Ross J. Baldessarini

"Suicide: Update on Basic Facts"

Dr. Baldessarini was born in western Massachusetts in 1937 and graduated from Williams College with highest honors in chemistry in 1959. He completed medical education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1963, where he began training in neuroscience with Professor Vernon Mountcastle in neurophysiology, as well as spending a year at the National Institutes of Health with Drs. Seymour Kety, Julius Axelrod, and Irwin Kopin in neuropharmacology. After graduation, he completed internship at Boston City Hospital in internal medicine and then returned to the NIMH for additional research fellowship training in biochemical neuropharmacology in 1964–66. In 1966 he returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital for clinical training in psychiatry with Professor Joel Elkes, and was Chief Resident Psychiatrist of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic there in 1968–69.

He moved to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1969 to help Professor Seymour Kety establish the Laboratories for Psychiatric Research (LPR), which he directed after Dr. Kety's retirement in 1983, following a move to the new Mailman Research Center at McLean Hospital in 1977. In 1988, Professor Baldessarini was named permanent Director of the LPR as well as the founding Director of a new Bipolar & Psychotic Disorders Program at McLean Hospital, where in 1989 he also became Co-Director of Psychopharmacology and Psychopharmacology Training. He founded the International Consortium for Mood & Psychotic Disorders Research there in 1995 with colleagues from the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia.

His recognitions include election to the Scholars of Johns Hopkins University, the Efron Research Prize from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the Falcone Prize for Bipolar Disorders Research of the American National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Research Prize on antisuicide effects of lithium, the first McLean Hospital Cataldo Prize for Mentoring, the Harvard Medical School Silen Lifetime Mentoring Award, the ISI list of most often cited authors in pharmacology and psychiatry, the Mogens Schou Award for lifetime teaching and training on bipolar disorder for the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Rome.

Prof. Zoltán Rihmer

"Social and environmental variables in suicidality"

Prof. Zoltán Rihmer is a professor of psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest and at the National Institute of Mental Helath, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Budapest, Hungary.

Professor Rihmer has three special examinations: psychiatry (1976), neurology (1979) and clinical pharmacology (1990). He received his PhD at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1993, and his DSc in 2004. The special interest of Professor Rihmer is the clinical and biological aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, with particular regards to prediction of treatment response and prevention of suicide. He has published more than 590 scientific articles/book chapters (more than 290 in English) and five books. He has presented more than 200 invited lectures at intrnational congresses. His cumulative impact factor is above 600, the number of his independent citations is more than 13.000 and his h-index is 51. He is the member of several Hungarian and international scientific organizations (including the European Academy of Sciences and Arts) and he has received many national and international awards.


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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