The Uganda Psychiatry Association and African College of Neuropsychopharmacology (AfCNP) joint scientific conference took place in Uganda, at the Silver Springs on 18th and 19th July 2017, and was attended by over 200 delegates. The conference was convened by Dr Dickens Akena, a Psychiatrist at Makerere University in Uganda, and supported by the Stanley Centre for Psychiatric Research at the BROAD Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Lundbeck International Neuroscience Foundation, Phillips Pharmaceuticals Uganda, Makerere University Department of Psychiatry, The Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, and Uganda
The local organizing committee was comprised of Drs Noeline Nakasujja, Catherine Abbo, Emmanuel Mwesiga(from Makerere University), and Drs Brian Mutamba, and Dr Sylvia Nshemereirwe from Butabika Hospital. The international faculty included Prof Dan Stein (UCT), Prof Joseph Zohar (Telaviv University), Prof Karestan Koenen(Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) , Prof David Baldwin(University of Southampton) , and Prof Bonginkosi Chiliza(University of KwaZulu Natal).
There were a total of 29 Lectures, 4 break-away symposia, and two keynote lectures. There were separate meetings for the AfCNP, African Psychiatry Association (APAP), Neuro-GAP, and the Young Psychiatrists of East and Central Africa (EAYPTA). Their keynote addresses were delivered by a). Prof Seggane Musisi gave a talk about Mental Health in Africa, the past, present and future, challenges and opportunities ’ and b). Prof Dan J Steins talk who talked about DSM-5 vs ICD-11 vs RDoC: An Integrative Perspective.