Robert Sommer Award


Non-profit society for the advancement of research at the Centre for Psychiatry
Justus Liebig University School of Medicine
Giessen, Germany, EU



November 3rd, 4th, and 5th

at the Centre for Psychiatry in Giessen

This conference is under the patronage of his excellency Volker Bouffier, the prime minister of the state of hesse.

Attendees of the conference will be awarded 12 CME credit points by the College of Postgraduate Medicine of Hesse (Landesärztekammer Hessen).

The Robert Sommer Research Society is honoured to welcome you to the 10th Robert Sommer Award Conference with the topic


between Genes, Environment

and Treatment

The 10th Robert Sommer Award winners are

Professor Barbara Sahakian and Professor Trevor Robbins

Barbara Sahakian and her husband, Trevor Robbins, University of Cambridge, are distinguished researchers in the field of biological psychiatry with one of their major foci on cognition and psychosis and they have been acclaimed for their innovative achievements in translational research in this field.

Barbara Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry and MRC/Wellcome Trust Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. In addition, she is also an Honorary Clinical Psychologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Our awardee holds a PhD and a DSc from the University of Cambridge, is President of the International Neuroethics Society, Past-President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Sahakian has an international reputation in the fields of psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, neuroimaging, and neuroethics. She has over 390 publications in high impact scientific journals, many in high-impact journals, with over 16000 citations to her name. She co-invented the neuropsychological CANTAB test battery and has been a key member of the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Women in Neuroscience, and has extensively encouraged public engagement in science through media communication, science festivals and public lectures where possible. Barbara Sahakian is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the current President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology.

Trevor Robbins has been Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge since 1997. He has been elected to the Chair of Experimental Psychology (and Head of Department) at Cambridge University from October 2002. He is also Director of the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI), jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. Our awardee is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society. He has been President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society and has won several distinguished scientific awards (Society's inaugural Distinguished Scientist Award 2001, the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions 2011, the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize 2014). He has been included in the list of the 100 most cited neuroscientists by ISI, has published over 600 full papers in scientific journals and has co-edited seven books. Professor Trevor Robbins is renowned for his studies in the field of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, with a special emphasis on psychopharmacology. He is particularly interested in the cognitive functions of the frontal lobes, in understanding the neural basis of motivation and reward, in the neuropsychological basis of drug addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and in the treatment of neurocognitive disorders, such as schizophrenia, with ‘cognitive enhancing’ drugs.

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The Conference will be held on November 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2016. Here, you find our preliminary programme. We trust that the final programme will be online before the summer recess.
Please note that on the last day of the conference (Saturday November 5th, 2016) a ‘Festschrift’ symposium will be held to honour Professor Bernd Gallhofer because of his forthcoming retirement. We would be honoured if you could join.

Please note that the registration is closed.

Date: November 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2016
Venue: Justus Liebig University School of Medicine, Main Lecture Hall of the Centre for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Giessen, Am Steg 22, 35385 Giessen, Germany

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Thursday, 3-11-2016

13.00 Information desk opened
14.00 Welcome Address: Bernd Gallhofer
14.15 Opening Lecture:
Sir Robin Murray, London: Should psychiatrists be more cautious about prophylactic use of antipsychotics?
15.00 Symposium I
Markus Leweke, Mannheim: Fatty acid ethanolamides in psychosis and related conditions
Marta Di Forti, London: Cannabis use across the EU: a ticket to Psychosis?
16.00 Coffee Break
16.30 Symposium II
Lars Farde, Stockholm: Contribution of non-genetic factors to dopamine and serotonin receptor availability in the adult human brain
Gebhard Sammer, Gießen: Gaze Cueing: New Insights
17.30 Evening Lecture:
Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Mannheim: From psychological research to social prevention in psychiatry: the Robert Sommer legacy

Friday, 4-11-2016

8.30 Morning Coffee Reception
9.00 Welcome Addresses
Joybrato Mukherjee, President, Justus Liebig University Giessen
Wolfgang Weidner, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Justus Liebig University Giessen
Dietlind Grabe-Bolz, Mayoress of Giessen
9.45 Award Ceremony: Presentation of the Award Medal
Laudatio: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Mannheim
10.00 Laureates’ lectures:
Trevor Robbins, Cambridge: Translational Models of Schizophrenia: Prospects and Utility
Barbara Sahakian, Cambridge: Improving cognition using modafinil or games in first episode psychosis and schizophrenia
11.00 Coffee Break
11.15 Poster Sessions
13.00 Lunch Break
14.00 Symposium III
Ingrid Melle, Oslo: The polygenetic background of schizophrenia and neurodevelopment
Birte Glenthøj, Kopenhagen: Multimodal abnormalities in schizophrenia patients before and after their first antipsychotic treatment: Insight into the pathophysiology of schizophrenia based on data from four cohorts of initially antipsychotic-naïve first-episode schizophrenia patients
15.00 Symposium IV
Tim Crow, Oxford: Does schizophrenia arise from XY epi-mutations in male meiosis?
Tilo Kircher, Marburg: Gene Environment Interaction in the Aetiology of the Major Psychoses
16.00 Coffee Break
16.30 Evening Lecture
Christos Pantelis, Melbourne: Risk and Resilience for psychosis and developmental disorders: Brain maturation, genes and environment
17.15 Presentation of the Poster Awards by the Laureate
Chair: Petra Netter (Speaker of the Poster Award Committee)
19.30 Evening Dinner Reception
20.00 Conference Dinner in the new building of the Centre for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Giessen

Saturday, 5-11-2016

8.30 Morning Coffee Reception
9.00 Welcome Addresses
Trinad Chakraborty, Giessen
Tilo Kircher, Marburg
9.30 Symposium I
Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Mannheim: A passion for schizophrenia research – the Giessen legacy.
Lars Farde, Stockholm: Non-neuronal brain plasticity
Lars Witteck, Gießen: Bernd Gallhofer as a philanthropist
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Welcome Addresses
Petra Netter, Giessen
Bernd Hanewald, Giessen
12.00 Symposium II
Sir Robin Murray, London: Cognitive Heterogeneity in Psychosis: views of an Ex-European
Michael Franz, Kassel / Bad Emstal: Quality of Life in Schizophrenia
Peter Kirsch, Mannheim: Cognitive function in schizophrenia: The social neuroscience perspective
13.30 Closing Remarks: Gebhard Sammer

programme as pdf

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Call for Posters

There will be various poster sessions with topics centering around psychosis research on November 4th. We would like to encourage interested researchers to propose poster contributions. The attendance of the conference will be free of charge. In addition, accommodation for accepted poster presenters will be provided free of charge. Furthermore, provision of food and participation in festive events will be free of charge.

Please note that the deadline for submission of poster abstracts expired on September 18th. Please be advised that the conference language is English. The best posters will be awarded a special poster prize, presented by the awardees. Poster abstracts will be exhibited on the internet.

Do not forget to register. We are looking very much forward to welcoming you to this traditional and inspiring event.

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Local Organisers:

Robert Sommer Research Society, , B. Gallhofer, E. Bauer, J. Iffland (+49-641-98545702, -98545767, -98545760) and G. Sammer (for the Festschrift Symposium)

The organisers would like to thank the following organisations and companies for their generous sponsorship:


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Giessener Hochschulgesellschaft



Servier Germany

Lundbeck Germany

Aristo Germany

Janssen-Cilag Germany

Volksbank Mittelhessen

Vitos Kurhessen

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