2009 issue 3-4


Volume 25, issue 3-4

Scientific conference report

The First ECNP School of Neuropsychopharmacology (Oxford, UK, July 5-10 th 2009)

Tomasz Pawełczyk1, Wiesław Jerzy Cubała2
1. Klinika Zaburzeń Afektywnych i Psychotycznych Katedry Psychiatrii Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi
2. Klinika Chorób Psychicznych i Zaburzeń Nerwicowych Gdańskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego
Farmakoterapia w Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2009, 3-4, 199–206
Keywords: psychopharmacology, education, evidence based medicine


The first ECNP School of Neuropsychopharmacology was held in Oxford, United Kingdom from 5-10 July 2009. The idea of organizing that meeting was born trying to answer the following question: how to ensure high standard neuropsychopharmacologists in 20 years time? The ECNP executives decided that one of the main targets of that organization should be training in psychopharmacology, encouraging excellence in qualified, but still junior clinicians by teaching them high standard practice in neuropsychopharmacology and involving them in the development of local good practice in teaching and training. 42 representatives of the ECNP Advisory Board of National Societies – young clinicians (psychiatrists) were invited to Oxford to acquire up-to-date knowledge in order to make practice of psychopharmacology more uniform across Europe. Panel of speakers was composed of well-known clinical researchers and clinicians from all-over the world. The aim of the School was to provide high quality learning experience for young qualified clinicians and to inspire them to be the leaders of psychopharmacology practice in their own countries. The first part of that aim was undoubtedly achieved in Oxford. The knowledge and skills acquired during the meeting motivated the vast majority of participants to intensive work and promote EBM in their local clinical setting. After 2009 School success ECNP plans to organize further edition of that exciting, useful and inspiring meeting in the following years.

Address for correspondence:
Tomasz Pawełczyk
Klinika Zaburzeń Afektywnych i Psychotycznych
Katedry Psychiatrii Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi
ul. Czechosłowacka 8/10, 92-216 Łódź
e-mail: tomasz.pawelczyk@umed.lodz.pl