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, Finland
Chair: Prof. Norbert Skokauskas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

12.00–14.00    SESSION I

Perspectives on global child and adolescent mental health
Professor Norbert Skokauskas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

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 09.00-17.00

9.00      SESSION I

Opening: Prof. Andre Sourander, University of Turku

Keynote speaker 1: Gestational Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Offspring Psychiatric Disorders
Adjunct Prof. Heli Malm, University of Turku

Oral presentations (15 minutes each)

11.00   Poster session

12.00   Lunch break

13.00    SESSION II: Population based prevention and interventions

Workshop: APEX consortium, Transferring child and adolescent mental health treatment to awareness, prevention and early intervention
Prof. Andre Sourander, Senior Researcher Marjo Kurki, Research Coordinator Terja Ristkari, Researcher Tarja Korpilahti-Leino, Dr. Terhi Luntamo, University of Turku, Finland

Keynote speaker 2: KiVa antibullying program: Bullying prevention and mental health promotion
Prof. Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku, Finland

14.30   Coffee break

15.00–17.00    SESSION III: New innovations in clinical interventions

Keynote speaker 3: Tourette’s syndrome research in Sweden: from genetic epidemiology to remote behavioural interventions
Prof. David Mataix-Cols, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Keynote speaker 4: Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour  therapy for children and adolescents – experiences from clinical trials in Sweden
Adjunct prof. Eva Serlachius, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Keynote speaker 5: Social Skills Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Prof. Sven Bölte, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

19:00   Conference Banquet



Friday 31/8/2018 09.00-17.00

9.00     SESSION I

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

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

Coffee break

Keynote speaker 2: Brain imaging in child psychiatry: novel toy or cool tool?
Prof. Henning Tiemeier, Harvard University, USA

12.00    Young researcher presentations (15 minutes each)

13.00    Lunch break

14.00   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, Finland

15.30   Coffee break

15.50–17.00    SESSION III

Keynote speaker 3: Risk factors for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Data from the Odense Child cohort (OCC)
Prof. Niels Bilenberg, University of Odense, Denmark

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

Closing discussion



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