Key-Note Speakers

Prof. E. Susser

Ezra Susser is Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Mailman School of Public Health, University of Columbia, and New York State Psychiatric Institute, USA. Professor Susser’s primary research has been on the epidemiology of mental disorders, and on examining the role of early life experience in health and disease throughout the life course. His international collaborative birth cohort research program (The Imprints Center) seeks to uncover the developmental origins of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and ADHD, as well as other complex diseases. Professor Susser’s work has addressed the health of inner city populations, examining relationships between homelessness, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS. 

Throughout his career, he has also sustained an active interest in global mental health, and specifically in the development of community care for individuals with severe mental illness in low and middle income countries.



Prof. G. Thornicroft

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry, and Head of the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in a community mental health team in South London.    His areas of expertise include: mental health needs assessment, the development of new outcome scales, cost-effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments. He Co-Chaired the WHO MHGap Guideline Development Group.


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