NordCAP 2018 program has been updated! The preconference and two conference days offer lectures, workshops and poster presentations on innovative and timely research projects, including global child and adolescent mental health, large-scale epidemiological studies, and digitalized interventions preventing and treating mental health problems or promoting mental health. It also provides an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and network with academics and other professionals working in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

We are warmly welcoming to NordCAP 2018 the academics of the Scandinavian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry departments, social and health care professionals working with children in different fields of mental health and all other professionals interested in our program! The NordCAP 2018 aims at bridging the gap between research and practice expertise.

Preliminary program

Wednesday 29/8/2018, 12.00–17.00

Opening: Prof. Andre Sourander, University of Turku
Chair: Prof. Norbert Skokauskas, University of Trondheim; President of WPA Child and adolescent Psychiatry section

12.00–14.00    SESSION I

Perspectives on global child and adolescent mental health
Professor Norbert Skokauskas, University of Trondheim

Keynote speaker 1: Interventions for Syrian Refugee Children
and Adolescents: Opportunities and Challenges
Prof. John Fayyad, University of Balamand, Lebanon

Keynote speaker 2: Towards Developing School Mental Health Services in Kenya –
Why School Mental Health
Prof. David Ndetei, University of Nairobi, Kenya

14.00   Break & poster presentations

14.30–17.00   SESSION II

Keynote speaker 3: Topic to be confirmed
Prof. Lars Lien, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences &
University of Tromsø, Norway

Keynote speaker 4: Overview of the developments in child and adolescent psychiatry
in Lithuania
Prof. Sigita Lesinskiene, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Prevalence and predictors of bullying and cyber bullying among
school children in several Asian and European countries – the
Eurasian Child Mental Health Study (EACMHS)
Adjunct Prof. Roshan Chudal, University of Turku

Psychiatric symptoms of 2015 earthquake-affected adolescents
in Nepal Researcher Sanju Silwal, University of Turku

18:00   Get-together hosted by the City of Turku


Thursday 30/8/2018 09.00-17.30

9.00–11.00      SESSION I

Opening: Importance of Birth cohort studies for Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry
Prof. Hans-Christoph Steinhausen

Keynote speaker 1: Prenatal Origins of neuropsychiatric
Prof. Alan Brown, Columbia University, New York, USA

Coffee break

Keynote speaker 2: Generation R
Prof. Henning Tiemeier, Harvard University, USA

12.00–13.00  Poster session

13.00  Lunch break

14.00–15.30    SESSION II

Workshop:  Integrating and harmonizing Finnish birth cohorts:
example for future Nordic collaboration

  • Topic to be confirmed. Prof. Andre Sourander,
    University of Turku
  • Specific Symptoms in Adolescence Predict Onset of
    Psychosis in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986
    Prof. Juha Veijola, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Topic to be confirmed. Research Prof. Mika Gissler,
    senior researcher Tiina Ristikari, Institute of Health and
    Welfare, Finland
  • Will data-driven methods advance our knowledge about
    early risk factors for schizophrenia?
    Adjunct Prof. David Gyllenberg, University of Turku; Institute
    of Health and Welfare Finland
  • Data harmonisation in PSYCOHORTS – theory in practice.
    Data manager and Data Harmonisation Team Leader
    Juha-Pekka Virtanen, University of Turku

15.30  Coffee break

15.50–17.30    SESSION III

Young researcher presentations (15 minutes each)

Keynote speaker 3: Topic to be confirmed
Prof. Niels Bilenberg, University of Odense, Denmark

19:00   Conference Banquet


Friday 30/8/2018 08.30-15.30

8.30–10.45      SESSION I: New innovations in clinical interventions

Opening: Prof. Andre Sourander, University of Turku

Keynote speaker 1: Tourette’s syndrome research in Sweden:
from genetic epidemiology to remote behavioural interventions
Prof. David Mataix-Cols, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Keynote speaker 2: Intervention for anxiety disorders
Adjunct prof. Eva Serlachius, Karolinska Institutet,

Keynote speaker 3: Social Skills Training in Autism Spectrum
Prof. Sven Bölte, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

10.45  Coffee break & poster presentations

11.15–12.30    SESSION II: Hot topics in drug treatments

Keynote speaker 4: Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Youth with ADHD: Biological and
Clinical Aspect
Dr. Jane Chang, King’s College London, UK & China Medical
University, Taiwan

Keynote speaker 5: Gestational Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
and Offspring Psychiatric Disorders
Adjunct Prof. Heli Malm, Teratology Information and
Clinical Pharmacology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki
University Hospital; University of Turku

12.30  Lunch break

13.30–15.30    SESSION III: Population based prevention and interventions

Workshop: APEX consortium, Transferring child and adolescent
mental health treatment to awareness, prevention and early
Prof. Andre Sourander, senior researcher Marjo Kurki,
research coordinatorresearch coordinator Terja
Ristkari, researcher Tarja Korpilahti-Leino,
Dr. Terhi Luntamo, University of Turku

Keynote speaker 6: KiVa antibullying program: Bullying prevention and mental health promotion
Prof. Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku, Finland

Closing discussion


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