Robert Sommer Award Symposium 2008

 
   
    Kasper Reff, Bob Oranje, & Mette Nielsen from Copenhagen in front of the Centre for Psychiatry, Giessen. This year's symposium was attended by a prominent group of invited speakers and a small lucky band of other schizophrenia researchers

This year's award winner was Shitij Kapur, and hence the topic of the symposium was the neurobiology of salience - and the modern dopamine theory of schizophrenia

       
  Welcome & award Poster sessions Concert & dinner Portraits
 

 

Welcome
and
award ceremony

 
     

Shitij Kapur,

London

 

Laureate's lecture:
How antipsychotics work - from receptors to response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
     
 

 

Morning session    

Lars Farde

Stockholm

 

High resolution PET-imaging of dopaminergic biomarkers in relation to cognitive functioning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

   

Birte Glenthøj

Copenhagen

 

Psychophysiological and cognitive disturbances in antipsychotic-naïve first-episode schizophrenia patients: Relation to dopamine activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 

 

 

Robin Murray

London

 

Risk factors for psychosis: All roads lead to dopamine

 

 
 
     
 

 

During lunch break: Poster sessions    

About 50 posters in 4 sessions

 

1)  Neurotransmitters & genetics

2)  Social cognition

3)  Attention, gating, & working memory

4)  Clinical aspects & reward

 

 

Afternoon session 1    

Tim Crow

Oxford

 

Dopamine as incentive: Origin of the concept and its role in language and psychosis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

   

Henrik Walter

Ulm

 

Investigating the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia with fMRI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
Torgny Svensson, Stockholm (via telephone): Modes of action of atypical antipsychotic drugs    
 
 

Among the nice features of the Robert Sommer Award Symposia are the informality and the liveliness and quality of the discussions

   
 

Shitij Kapur

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

 

Afternoon session 2    
Uta Frith London & Århus, Denmark        Chris Frith

Salience of social stimuli in autism spectrum disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Gebhard Sammer,    Giessen     Neuroimaging of salience

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

Veena Kumari

London

 

Neural correlates and predictors of response to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in schizophrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
     
Evening session    

Peter Kirsch

Mannheim

 

Dopaminergic modulation of reward processing - relations to schizophrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

   

Graham Murray

Cambridge

 

Learning and motivation in psychosis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     

 

End of scientific programme of the first day. But do follow this link to the concert and dinner party at Kloster Arnsburg

     
     
Saturday morning - Arnsburg Kloster.    
 

The symposium continued in the Paradise Chapel with a morning session, three lectures, presentation of poster awards and - after lunch - a discussion of the future of schizophrenia research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning session    
     
 

Marcella Rietschel 

Mannheim

 

 Common and rare variants in schizophrenia & bipolar disorder

 
   
     
 
     

Tilo Kircher

Aachen

 

Effects of schizophrenia risk genes on brain and behaviour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 

Peter Liddle

Nottingham

 

The role of oscillations in recruiting the brain for mental processing in schizophrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
     
     

 

Lectures 1, 2 and 3    

Paul Fletcher

Cambridge

 

Can associative learning models help us understand the neurobiology of delusional beliefs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

   

Nancy Andreasen

Iowa

 

Progressive neural change in schizophrenia: Does dopamine blockade play a role?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

   
 

Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg

Mannheim

 

Neural mechanisms of genetic risk for schizophrenia linked to dopamine signal transmission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
     
     
Final discussion: The future of schizophrenia research    
   
     
     
     
Adjournment after 2 days of hard and exciting mental work - and time for physical exercise    

 Mette Ødegaard Nielsen & Bjørn Ebdrup, Copenhagen

 
     
Veena Kumari, Uta & Chris Frith, London    
   
     
 

 

Photography and layout: Anders Gade, Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University