Dear colleagues

After the successful events in Cambridge, Sibiu, Nürnberg and Lulea, Barcelona has the honor to organize the 5th Annual Scientific Conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM) from June 28 to July 1, 2017. The host will be the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, which co-organizes the meeting with the Spanish Society of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The theme of the Conference will be “Bridging the Split between Soma and Psyche”.

The EAPM annual meeting has become a leading conference, attracting physicians, researchers and mental health providers from all around the world. We expect to attract more than 500 participants to this meeting and we will  do our best to provide people with the space, time and the opportunity to present, exchange and share knowledge and practice in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The conference venue will be the World Trade Center Barcelona, which is in the heart of the city, between the Southern end of the famous “Ramblas” and the Mediterranean Sea. There are many hotels within walking distance of the venue, and the Trade Centre has excellent facilities for hosting such a large meeting.

Presentations at the meeting will include invited key-note lectures, scientific master classes and symposia, and poster sessions. The program will cover a diverse range of subjects, including:

  • Models of care in psychosomatic medicine
  • Psychosomatic aspects in different clinical fields (e. g. Psycho-Oncology, Psycho-dermatology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Transplantation)
  • Psycho-Neuro-Immunology
  • Attachment and emotion regulation in psychosomatic disorders
  • Gender aspects in psychosomatic medicine
  • Migration and health care
  • The influence of social aspects and working life on psychosomatic disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Suicide
  • Teaching in Psychosomatics and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Chronic pain
  • Psychosomatics in primary care
  • Psychosomatic aspects in child and adolescent medicine
  • Geronto-Psychiatry/Psychosomatic
  • Psychotherapy with the medically ill
  • Psychopharmacology
  • The use of new media in psychotherapy and psychosomatics.

In addition, clinical courses and scientific master classes will be organized, as these teaching opportunities have been well received at previous meetings.

We are also delighted to announce a joint pre-conference meeting between the EAPM and the American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, which is entitled “The use of new technologies in Psychosomatic Medicine”.

The web site of the EAPM meeting will provide timely, comprehensive information about the conference and pre-conference programme. Please, look out for the deadlines for the abstract presentations, and early registration.

Barcelona is a fabulous city with many attractions for visitors, and it will provide a stunning backdrop for the EAPM conference. Barcelona is an historical trade city, and has been a meeting place for different cultures over hundreds of years. The EAPM conference will provide the opportunity for participants to get to know the city through a wide programme of social activities. We hope that the meeting will excel in its scientific content, and, like previous EAPM meetings, create a uniquely friendly, warm and inclusive atmosphere. 

The local organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you to Barcelona.
Fins aviat!       !Hasta pronto!

Jordi Blanch
President of the Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Carlos Mur de Viu
President of the Spanish Society of Psychosomatic Medicine

Wolfgang Söllner
President of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine