Center Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera recently traveled to Denmark and Germany, where she presented at two international conferences.
The 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry was held June 18-22 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) organizes the congress each year in a different location around the world. Dr. Cabrera presented a poster, “Psychiatric Deep Brain Stimulation: Recurrent and Neglected Ethical Issues,” which touched on key findings from her S3 grant. The conference included talks on biomarkers for psychiatric disorders, the use of electroconvulsive therapy and the use of ketamine. There were not many talks discussing deep brain stimulation, however, there was a very interesting debate about deep brain stimulation between Dr. Marwan Hariz and Dr. Thomas Schlapfer, regarding whether it is a worthwhile treatment method in psychiatry.
The 17th Quadrennial Meeting of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) was held June 26-29 in Berlin, Germany. This year’s theme was “Emerging Techniques and Indications.” Dr. Cabrera attended the meeting and presented a flash talk entitled “The Re-emergence of Psychiatric Neurosurgery: A Cross-National Comparison of Media Coverage.” The event included a pre-meeting workshop on “surgery for psychiatric disorders” as well as very interesting talks covering the history of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, results from clinical trials around the world, and several techniques, including deep brain stimulation, vagal nerve stimulation, radiosurgery, and focused ultrasound, to name a few.