Norman Sartorius

Norman Sartorius (born 1935) is a Croatian psychiatrist and university professor. Sartorius is a former director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Division of Mental Health, and a former president of the World Psychiatric Association and of the European Psychiatric Association. He has been described as “one of the most prominent and influential psychiatrists of his generation”
Sartorius was born in Münster, Germany but grew up in Koprivnica and Zagreb, Croatia. Sartorius obtained his M.D. from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb in 1958, and his B.Sc. and M.A. in psychology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb in 1962. He finished his specialization in psychiatry and neurology in 1963 and defended his Ph.D. thesis in psychology at the University of Zagreb in 1965.
After obtaining his Ph.D., and passing the specialty tests for Neurology and Psychiatry Sartorius spent two years at the University of London on a British Council stipend.
In 1967, Sartorius left his job at the University Hospital Center in Zagreb to join the WHO. As the Head of the WHO Interregional Advisory Team on Epidemiology of Mental Disorders. He then took the position of Medical Officer responsible for epidemiological and social psychiatry and in 1974 became the Chief of the Mental Health Unit. In 1977 he was appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until 1993. He served as the President of the World Psychiatric Association (1993–1999) and of the Association of European Psychiatrists (1997–2001)
Sartorius became a full professor at the University of Geneva in 1993. Sartorius also held full professorships at the University of Zagreb and University of Prague. He retired as a full professor in Geneva and Prague in 2001. He has worked as a visiting or adjunct professor at the University of London, Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, the University of Beijing, Washington University in St. Louis, the New York University, the University of Belgrade and the University of Florida
Sartorius is a Fellow of the British Royal Society of Medicine, honorary member of Medical Academies in Croatia, Mexico and Peru, and a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Spain and of the Croatian Academy of Arts and sciences, Honoris causa Doctor of Medicine of the Umeå University, of the Timisoara/Temisvar University Victor Babes and of the Charles University in Prague. He is also an Honorary Doctor of Science of the University of Bath in 1990. and an honorary doctor of psychology of the University of Copenhagen. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom, and of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is a Fellow or an honorary member of numerous other professional organizations.

Eliot Sorel

Eliot SOREL MD is an innovative global health leader, educator, health systems performance expert, and a practicing physician. He co-chairs the Metrics Group of the Healthy Brains Financing Initiative (HBFI). Dr. Sorel has served as a subject matter expert on World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, (NIMH),World Bank Group (WBG), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) projects. He chairs the Access to Care Committee of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
At the George Washington University, in Washington, DC, Dr. Sorel is the lead physician teaching Global Mental Health. He is Clinical Professor of Global Health, Health Policy & Management and of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Sorel works collaboratively with primary care and public health colleagues. The innovative, TOTAL Health model, a primary care, mental health & public health integrated/collaborative template was initiated by Dr. Sorel in 2013 as a means of enhancing quality, access, and sustainability of care. In June 2018, he was the President of the 1st International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress.

Dr. Sorel is the lead author of “Healthcare, Inclusive of Mental Healthcare, Is a Human Right”. It is now APA policy since December, 2017. He co-chaired the scientific committee of the Social Determinants of Health/Mental Health & Access to Care World Congress, October 2019,

He initiated and led the clinical public health research project on Depression & Comorbidity in Primary Care in China, India, Iran, Romania published in the International Medical Journal and shared at the World Bank Group/WHO Innovators’ Fair in Washington, DC in April 2016.

Dr. Sorel coauthored the APA position statement on Integrated Care of 2016 and the WPA Bucharest Statement on Integrated Care & Collaborative Care of 2015. 21st Century Global Mental Health is the one of seven books published by Dr. Sorel. His most recent publication is The Social Brain: Wired to Connect and Belong, in He was a subject matter expert to the OECD’s Making Mental Health Count project accessible at .

The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health honored Dr. Sorel as a Pioneer and Leader in Public Health in December 2019. He received the Mental Health Champion Award at the Universal Health and Mental Health for All Conference in Malta, E.U., in December, 2018.

The Government of Romania honored Dr. Sorel with the Excellence Prize, at the Romanian Embassy, in Washington, on October, 2018. Carol Davila Medical University and the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, honored Dr. Sorel with Doctor Honoris Causa in October 2009 and in June 2014, respectively. The President of Romania decorated Dr. Sorel with the Star of Romania Order of Commander in January 2004.

Joseph Zohar

Prof. Zohar is the Director of the National Post-Trauma Center, Research Foundation by the Sheba Medical Center, Israel. He is an emeritus professor of Psychiatry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, at Tel Aviv University.  
Prof. Zohar is the past-President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). He is also chair of the Israeli consortium on PTSD, chair of the International College of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (ICOCS), a board member for the International Master in Affective Neuroscience, and a visiting Professor at the University of Maastricht in The Netherland.
Prof. Zohar had authored over 350 papers, had written or took part in the writing of 16 books focusing on Resistant Depression, OCD, PTSD and Psychotropic. He was the founding associate editor of CNS Spectrums and of the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. Prof. Zohar was advisor to DSM – IV and 5 in OCD and co-chair of the Workgroup preparing the research agenda on OCD for DSM-5. He has pioneered and is currently the Chair of an international collaboration (joint venture of ECNP, ACNP, CINP, AsCNP and IUPAR) on developing new nomenclature for CNS drugs; NbN – Neuroscience based Nomenclature. He is also the chair of the Expert Platform on Mental Health focus on Depression
Prof. Zohar had been honored with several awards, including the Fogarty International Research Fellowship Award (1984), the A.E. Bennet Award for Clinical Research (1986 and 2002), ECNP Neuroscience Award for Clinical Research (1998), and the WFSBP Award for Excellence in Education (2001).
Prof. Zohar has recently (2012) received funding (RO1) from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to explore secondary prevention of PTSD and from NATO (2018) to develop a guideline on the treatment in the “Golden Hours” after a terror attack. He is also the Co-Chair of EU grant on Problematic Use of Internet PUI (2017).

Bernadka Dubicka

Dr. Dubicka qualified in medicine and psychology in London, completing child psychiatry training in Manchester, and an MD in adolescent depression. She was an adolescent unit consultant for over a decade, working with young people who were often high risk and suicidal, and recently moved to Greater Manchester where she is helping develop crisis services for young people and is a research lead. In 2017 she was elected chair of the RCPsych Child and Adolescent faculty. She has a research interest in mood disorders, is a member of the National Institute of Health Research, a clinical advisor for the North West Strategic Clinical Network, a journal editor, and speaks regularly in the media and at conferences. She has also led on a review of the use of technology in children and young people for the Royal College of Psychiatrists which is published later in 2019

Mariana Pinto da Costa

Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa is a Consultant Psychiatrist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, a Doctoral research fellow at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry (WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development and NIHR Global Health Group) at Queen Mary University of London, and a Lecturer at the Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar Institute at the University of Porto.

She also has clinical and research experience in Africa, where she was screening alcohol, smoking and other substances involvement, in primary and mental health care users in Luanda, while studying for the International Master on Mental Health Policy and Services at the New University of Lisbon supported by the WHO.

She is enthusiastic in making the most of technology to connect people. In her current research, she has been exploring social relationships between people with psychosis and volunteers in 3 European countries and through different formats (face-to-face or digitally). She was nominated by Columbia University as one of the 100 Women Innovative Leaders in Global Mental Health.

She was President of the European Federation of Psychiatric trainees in 2014-15, and the Chief Investigator of the EFPT Brain Drain Study (n=2.281), researching mobility experiences of psychiatric trainees in 33 European countries, with 8 published articles of this study data so far.

Julian Beezhold

Dr Julian Beezhold FRCPsych IDFAPA is a full time Consultant in Emergency and Liaison Psychiatry at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom, responsible for acutely ill patients receiving medical care.
He has worked for over fifteen years in acute inpatient and crisis resolution home treatment psychiatry at Hellesdon Hospital, and is accredited in general, old age and liaison psychiatry.
Prior to psychiatry he worked for more than five years in General Practice, and also for a total of over three years a range of general hospital specialties.
He is Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of East Anglia Norwich Medical School, and the Clinical Lead for Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. He is joint Lead of the Module 11 “The Mind” team and has previously served on the Module 1 team. He serves as a Personal Adviser, Admissions Interviewer, OSCE and SSS Examiner, and has many years’ experience of PBL Tutoring. He sits on the Norwich Medical School Professionalism Committee. He has significant experience in developing OSCE and MCQ exam questions.
He has extensive teaching experience locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been an invited speaker in over 22 countries and runs a number of international CME courses.
He is a member of the Education Committee of the European Psychiatric Association where he has led in developing Simulation Training in Psychiatry; and has served as an Executive member of the World Psychiatric Association Education Committee. He is a Faculty member of for the EPA Early Career Psychiatrist Summer School held annually in Strasbourg.
He has served for several years on the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) Section and Board of Psychiatry.
He is the Secretary General of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), where he has been a Board member since 2009. He was the lead writer of the current Statutes of the EPA that led to its emergence as the authoritative voice of European psychiatry. He is a past President of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (2003-4), and past Chair Psychiatric Trainees Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
He has served on the EPA Ethics Committee and was a founding member of the EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee. He has represented EPA at many international meetings, was the lead writer of the EPA Statutes and has contributed often at EPA Congresses and to the European Psychiatry journal.
He has served on the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was a Deputy Registrar of the College.
He was the founding Medical Director of Milestones Hospital for people with complex challenging mental disorders.
Publications include over 100 papers, book chapters and posters. His research interests cover topics including medical error, consent and capacity, mental health law, burnout, and acute psychiatric services.
Research projects that he has designed and led have won six UK and international research prizes.
His international work has received awards from the European Psychiatric Association (30th Anniversary Award) and also the American Psychiatric Association (International Distinguished Fellow). His work has also been acknowledged by the awarding of Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Marisa Casanova Dias

Dr Marisa Casanova Dias is a clinical academic psychiatrist at Cardiff University. She was awarded an MRC (Medical Research Council) Clinical Research Training Fellowship to pursue a PhD to study bipolar disorder in the perinatal period, which she combines with being an honorary consultant.
She has worked at King’s College London, researching women’s mental health and contributing to the Policy Research Unit work. Marisa trained at the Maudsley and University College London schemes and holds an MSc in Psychiatric Research from University College London. During her training she was awarded a year-long leadership fellowship at NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), where she contributed to the Bipolar Guideline.
She is a past president of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) and set up the EFPT Exchange Programme. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK delegate and vice-president for CME at the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), and secretary of the European Psychiatric Association’s Section on Women’s Mental Health.