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Following the success of the IConS held in 2004 and the tremendous response and support received from the professional fraternity from all over the world SCARF decided to conduct the conference every two years.

The second International Conference on Schizophrenia, IConS 2006, was held from 13th to 15th Oct 2006 at Hotel Savera. During the conference the best of psychiatric and behavioral research based on the theme “Blending Research with Care” was showcased. Over forty internationally acclaimed experts from India, UK, US, Australia and Canada presented papers and about a hundred poster presentations were made by students and trainees during the three day conference. The conference had about 400 delegates registered from over a dozen countries including Switzerland, Canada, UK, USA, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Sri Lanka, Australia, Pakistan, Norway, New Zealand, Romania and India.

The conference was cosponsored and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Psychiatric association (WPA) and the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS).

Inaugural Function

The conference was inaugurated on12th Oct 2006 at 6pm by Mr. VK. Subburaj, (IAS), Secretary, Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and the conference souvenir was released by Dr. B. Saraceno, Director, Mental Health Division, WHO, Geneva, who also delivered the keynote address.




Name & Affiliation Spoke On
B. Saraceno
Director of Department of Mental Health and substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva
Psychiatry between broad holistic thinking and narrow bio-medical practice.
Mohan Isaac
Associate Chair of Population Mental Health School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, The University of Western Australia.
Delivery of mental health services in Australia and India: Any lessons to be learnt?
Max Birchwood
Professor of Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Cognitive Therapy for Command Hallucinations.
Eric Chen
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Hong Kong.
Early Psychosis: Concept and Intervention
Early Psychosis in Hong Kong: processes and outcome.
Christy Hui
Psychosis Studies and Intervention (PSI) Programme, Department of Psychiatry, University of Hong Kong.
Semantic categorization abnormalities in First Episode Psychosis.
Deepak Cyril DeSouza
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine USA.
“Gone to Pot”: Emerging Pharmacological Evidence Implicating Cannabinoid Receptor Function in Cognition and Psychosis –
Implications for Medications Development.
Byron Good
Professor of Medical Anthropology, Harvard Medical School, USA.
Rapid Onset Psychoses in Java: Reflections on 10 Years of Research.
C. Andradeg
Additional Professor, Department of Psychopharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences,
Bangalore, India.
Somatic Treatments for Schizophrenia: Future Directions.
Judith Jaeger
Director, Discovery Medicine Neuroscience, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceutical Company; Director, CENORR, New York, USA.
The future of interventions for schizophrenia: Targeting cognition and disability.
Tim Lambert
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Pharmacological Treatment Approaches In First Episode Psychosis.
Alex Cohen
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine Harvard Medical School, USA.
The search for moral treatment: Esquirol’s visit to Geel.
Mohan Raj
Consultant Psychiatrist, Chennai, India.
Destigmatizing mental illness through Public Education.
S. Anuradha
Psychologist, Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), Chennai, India.
Neuropsychological functioning in children with parents having schizophrenia.
Vikram Patel
Senior Lecture, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine;
Chairperson, Sangath, Goa, India.
Scaling up treatments for chronic psychoses in developing countries.
Vaughn Carr
Director, Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research, University of Newcastle, Australia.
A Neuroscience Network for Schizophrenia Research.
John McGrath
Professor, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, University of Queensland, Australia.
Variations in the incidence of schizophrenia: Data versus dogma.
G. Thornicroft
Professor of Community Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK.
The Global Pattern of Discrimination against People with Schizophrenia.
Rajarathinam Rajprabhakar
Assistant Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, USA.
Development maturation of language cortex, thought disorder and schizophrenia: A selective review.
Vaibha Diwadkar
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, Wayne State University, USA.
FMRI methods and applications in Schizophrenia.
Ellen Corin
Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Anthropology, McGrill University, Montreal, Canada.
Encountering Psychosis: Family’s reactions across cultures.
Sadeq Rahim
CIHR Research Fellow, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, USA.
From Alterity to Difference: Is Psychotic Discourse Worth Listening To?
R J Barrett
Professor and Head, University of Adelaide, Australia.
Making connections between culture and schizophrenia: Evidence from the Iban of Sarawak.
A A Avasti
Professor of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
Socio-demographic & Clinical Factors Associated with Relapse in Schizophrenia: A review of Indian Studies with special
reference to Chandigarh experience.
J K Trivedi
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, King George Medical University, Lucknow, India.
Burden of care on key relatives of schizophrenia.
Sandeep Grover
Assistant Professor, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India.
Cost of illness of schizophrenia in developing countries.
Smita Deshpande
Head, Dept. of Psychiatry, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Gender differences in schizophrenia – biologically significant or artifact?
Bryan Mowry
Executive Director of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR), Australia.
Familiality of symptom dimensions in a sample of Indian families.
Rohan Ganguli
Professor of Psychiatry, Pathology, Health & Community Systems, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, USA.
Gene-Environment Intereactions.
A. Jablensky
Professor, School of Psychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience, University of Western Australia.
Schizophrenia: One disorder or several?
Byron Good
Professor of Medical Anthropology, Harvard Medical School, USA.
A social medicine perspective on treating schizophrenia.
S. Rajkumar
Chairperson, WPA Rural Mental Health Section, Conjoint Professor of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Rural Mental Health.
Helen Herrman
Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Depression in Primary Health Care: Building Capacity for Prevention and Treatment.
Lakshmi Vijaykumar
Founder / Director, SNEHA, Chennai, India.
Rural suicide in India.
Rahul Manchanda
Director, Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP), London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.
First Episode Psychosis & Early Intervention: Outcome and Challenges.
Max Birchwood
Professor of Mental Health, University of Birmingham, Birmingham Early Intervention Service, United Kingdom.
A letter from Birmingham: Implementing early intervention in a UK ‘Inner-City’ context.
Steve Lurie
Executive Director, Canadian mental Health Association, Toronto Branch, Canada.
How do we ‘know’ what’s happening in Community Mental Health – Reflections from Toronto Canada.
Alison Hunt
Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto, Canada.
Are community treatment orders effective? The evidence from Toronto.
Aseefa Sarang
Co-Director Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch, Canada.
Across Boundaries: Lessons Learned
R. Padmavati
Deputy Director, Psychiatrist, SCARF, India.
Intervening with Schizophrenia at Home: A concept in search of methods
Tataru Nicole
President of Romanian Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry Hospital Stei, Romania.
Late-Life Schizophrenia.
G. Chatzidamianos
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK.
Deaf Schizophrenia, British Sign Language & Motor Control; Evidence for a Dissociation?
R. Mangala
Psychiatrist SCARF, Chennai, India
Course of illness in first episode psychoses – A one year follow-up



Pre Conference Workshop

The conference was preceded by a workshop on the morning of the 12th entitled “Media and Mental Disorders” the panelists were Dr. Dinesh Bhugra, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatry, London who spoke on “Mad tales from Bollywood”, Dr. N. Rengarajan, Psychiatrist, Chennai who spoke on “Depiction of madness in regional cinema” and Mr. Hariharan, Filmmaker and Director, LV. Prasad Film & TV Academy who spoke on “A film maker’s perception of mental illness and its depiction”.

The three-day conference was followed by a post conference workshop “Workshop on research Methodology and Clinical Trials” on the 16th Oct 2006 by Dr. Tonmoy Sharma & his team.


fomFrame of Mind – A Film Festival on Mental Health

Mental illnesses and the mentally ill have been depicted in films from all over the world time and again. The portrayal and interpretation of insanity in films vary according to the different cinematic traditions across the globe. While some of them do enhance our understanding of the ailment and the distress it causes, there are many which reinforce our prejudices and myths thereby enhancing the stigma attached to mental illnesses… For More Detail Click Here


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