Dr. Raymond Chan of the Neuropsychology and Applied Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and the CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology was invited to make a plenary lecture at the 6th Asian Congress for Schizophrenia and 17th Annual Psychiatrists Conference on August 28th – 31st, 2019.
The ACSR is a biennial conference to gather scholars and clinicians specialing in schizophrenia spectrum disorders from Asian countries. It focuses on recent clinical and theoretical developments, breakthrough empirical discoveries, and creative intervention for schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The main theme for the conferences was on early detection and intervention for mental health. The 6th ACSR and the 17th Annual Psychiatrists conferences attracted more than 6000 scholars and clinicians to attend, including 13 scholars from overseas.
Dr. Raymond Chan has given a plenary speech on the topic of “Hedonic processing impairments in clinical and subclinical samples: Convergent evidence from behavioural and imaging findings”. His talk mainly highlighted the importance of investigating negative symptoms (especially anhedonia and amotivation) in patients with established diagnosis of schizophrenia, major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, and the need to shift to individuals with subclinical features for an effective early detection and intervention. The findings based on both behavioural and imaging (both structural and functional connectivity data) in clinical and subclinical samples. Dr. Chan also announced his recent established international research network on transdiagnostic clinical and subclinical samples. The conference has invited three international renowned scholars to deliver the plenary lectures including Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel from Germany and Prof. David Kupfer from United States. Moreover, Dr. Chan has also co-chaired a symposium on social cognition in schizophrenia with Dr. Shuping Tang from Huilongguan Hospital. Dr. Yi Wang from the NACN Laboratory also presented the progress of social cognition assessment in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
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