It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at the 2019 Biological Psychiatry Congress with the fitting theme of ‘The Changing Landscape of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Technology’.

Psychiatrists, registrars and neuroscientists must navigate a digital, media-saturated and highly interconnected world, where professionalism, professional boundaries, ethics and the medico-legal terrain are complex and nuanced challenges that arise.

As psychiatrists and professionals working in the mental health field, we are being forced to face up to the challenges and opportunities of digitalizing clinical care and research – using digital innovation to reform clinical services to make them more relevant and effective for people with, and at risk of, mental illness.

Personalised treatment of mental illness requires predictive tools with a high degree of accuracy at an individual-patient level. Methodological advancements, such as machine learning, are fast allowing us to developing multimodal prediction tools that hold much promise for transforming research findings into routine clinical practice. This is the age of digital neuroscience and psychiatry where the use of mobile phones, apps and wearables, the internet, and other modes of technology are foci for innovation in diagnosis, monitoring and provision of psychiatric care. The digital world also includes social media.

As psychiatrists, registrars and neuroscientists navigating a digital, media-saturated and highly interconnected world, professionalism, professional boundaries, ethics and the medico-legal terrain are complex and nuanced challenges that arise. For researchers in the field, questions that come to the fore include evaluation of the effectiveness and cost to support the scalability and sustainability of promising digital approaches, consideration of the actual and potential risks/harms, and involvement of patients and other users in the development and testing of digital interventions.

When: 20 – 23 September 2019
Where: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town
For more information, visit: https://biopsychsa.co.za/

Biological Psychiatry Congress 2019