New Frontiers for Prevention Psychiatry Seminar

22.02.2024 08:30 - 16:00

Peltolantie 17, Oulu/Online (Teams)

“Intervening in childhood to improve life-long mental health trajectories, adult functioning and social inclusion”

Department of Psychiatry, University & University Hospital of Oulu organizes a seminar in cooperation with the Oulu Brain & Mind network, and Neurocenter Finland. The seminar will be organized in a hybrid format, through Microsoft Teams and in-person attendance at Peltolantie 17, 90210 Oulu, Psychiatry clinic, Lecture Hall 1, PT1 building.

Prediction and prevention of mental ill health is a major focus of psychiatric research. Cross-sectional research examining alterations in illness versus absence of illness only captures a small proportion of the story. Thus, longitudinal investigation of mental health trajectories is crucial to explore predictors of mental ill health present in childhood prior to the onset of full illness. This symposium will bring together talks from experts in the field discussing topics ranging from registry studies to neuroscience to identify new opportunities to address unmet needs, promote life-long well-being and social inclusion, and ultimately pathways to the prevention of mental illness.


Chair Juha Veijola 

8:30-9:00 Coffee

9:00-9:10 Osmo Tervonen: Opening words

9:10 – 10:00 Ian Kelleher: Prevention psychiatry for children and adolescents

10:00 – 10:30 Jenni Leppänen & Valentina Kieseppä:  Gene Environment Interactions in Mental Health Trajectories of Youth (Youth- GEMS)

10:30 – 11:00 Ulla Lång: Predicting later severe mental illness in adolescent psychiatry patients

11:00 – 11:30 Colm Healy: Adult psychiatric outcomes for young people who attended child and adolescent mental health services

11:30 – 12:15 Lunch

12:15 – 13:00 Kaisa Riala:  Psychiatric disorders, criminality, and psychotropic medication use among former adolescent psychiatric inpatients. A population-based follow-up study from in Northern Finland

13:00 – 13:45 Tiina Riekki: Specific adolescent prodromal symptoms associated with the onset of psychosis in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986

13:45 – 14:00 Coffee & Discussion

14:00 – 14:45 Tuula Hurtig: ADHD symptoms during adolescence and the risk of mental disorders later in life

14:45 – 15:30 Lassi Björnholm:  The impact of anxiety in adolescence on the development of brain white matter

15:30 – 16:00 Questions & Discussion

More information:

Jenni Leppänen
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oulu

Hanna Holappa
Marketing Designer, Oulu Brain & Mind

Registration deadline: February 19th

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