The Summer Course on Mood, Aggression & Attraction will take place from 30 June – 5 July 2019 in Villa Finaly, Florence.

Application deadline extended to 30 May

Click here for more information Apply now


Summer Course on Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions & Trauma

The next Summer Course on Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions & Trauma will be held in Florence, Italy from 1 – 6 July 2018. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2018.
Click here for the program!

Lectures and PBL sessions
The Summer Course on Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions & Trauma aims at an in-depth analysis of the latest developments within the field of anxiety at large.
It’s is a combination of lectures and problem-based learning workshops. The mornings start with an introductory lecture followed by an accompanying workshop. These workshops are PBL sessions where students are given one or more assignments pertaining to the morning lecture. Students will work in small groups on assignments and discuss topics related to the theme of the lecture. Each group will summarize their results in a presentation, that is to be presented at the plenary session on Friday. The assignments contain elements of fundamental neuroscience as well as clinical applications.

Special Lectures
The afternoons are reserved for Special Lectures, for which renowned scientists are invited to give a teaching lecture on their field of expertise. The goal of the special lectures is to put known evidence in a new perspective and to highlight recent developments in the field, and to broaden the students’ horizon with interdisciplinary and translational approaches.

This Summer Course, special lectures are (abstracts will follow soon):

“Genetic Syndromes to study Affective Pathology”
T.van Amelsvoort (Maastricht University)
Therese van Amelsvoort is professor of Transitional Psychiatry and consultant Psychiatrist at Maastricht UMC. After finishing her medical studies in Rotterdam (1991), she worked as a medical and scientific advisor in Basel (Switzerland, 1991-1993) and as a medical doctor in Luxemburg (1993-1994). Subsequently, she trained as an academic psychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital / Institute of Psychiatry in London (UK, 1994-2001). She has had a longstanding interest in neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychosis and neurodevelopmental disorders, with a special interest in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) which she has been studying for more than 20 years. She obtained her PhD in 2004 at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2012 she has been working at The Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University Medical Centre. Professor van Amelsvoort has been head of the Dutch Adult 22q11DS clinic for several years. The current clinic at Maastricht University Medical Centre is registered with Orphanet, and has a multidisciplinary approach. International collaborations within the field of 22q11DS have been very successful for over 15 years.

Resilience – it’s not what you think”
Raffael Kalisch (Johannes Gutenberg University)
Since 2018 he has been coordinator of EU Horizon 2020 consortial project DynaMORE (Dynamic MOdellling of REsilience). In 2016 he became deputy spokesperson of DFG Collaborative Research Center CRC1193 “Neurobiology of Resilience”. In 2014 he was the founding member of Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum Mainz (DRZ). Since October 2012 he has been working as Professor for Human Neuroimaging (W2) and director at the Neuroimaging Center. From January 2008 to December 2012 he was DFG Emmy Noether research group leader at the Institute for Systems Neuroscience the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). In 2007 he was also research group leader at the Institute for Systems Neuroscience, UKE where he also worked as postdoctoral researcher from June 2006 to July 2007. For more than three years he made research at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London.

“On Fear Extinction and Exposure Therapy”
Miquel Angel Fullana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
He is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and senior research fellow at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona and Associate Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Previous appointments include a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship at King´s College Institute of Psychiatry (London, UK) and a visiting professorship at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry (New York, USA). He has been awarded several international prizes, including a Career Development Leadership Program Award (Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 2014) and a Career Development Travel Award (Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 2009). His main research interests are experimental psychopathology, neuroscience, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dissertation Defences
On Wednesday afternoon our graduation candidates come to the course to defend their Master’s dissertations. Each will give a short presentation on the results of their project, followed by a discussion with the professors who will ask them critical questions about their work. The day ends with the official graduation ceremony for the candidates who pass the defence.

Oral presentations
During the week the senior students will give an oral presentation on the preliminary results of their research projects. The workshop on presentation skills on Monday is intended to help the students prepare for their talk. The first year students will work on constructing an argument and structuring their talk, while the senior students will rehearse their presentations to get constructive feedback.

Screening of Protocols (SoP) Workshops
The SoP workshops are organised for the first year students of the Master only, to help them set up their research project. The students discuss their ideas with the professors, who will determine feasibility of their project and give feedback where necessary. After the SoPs all students will be assigned to a supervisor and can start writing the outline for their research project.