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World Health Organization: Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders

Publish Date:
20 Oct, 2014

Summary:

IUPsyS is psychology’s international organization in Official Relations with the WHO and these were renewed in January 2014.   In this capacity IUPsyS was appointed to the International Advisory Group (IAG) for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders in 2006 and Secretary General, Dr Ann Watts, currently represents the Union on the IAG. Psychology’s contributions to the development of ICD-11 remain a key IUPsyS strategic priority.  To support this important initiative the IUPsyS has seconded psychologist Dr Geoff Reed to the WHO to serve as Senior Project Officer for the Mental and Behavioural Disorders component of the ICD-10 revision. To find out more about the WHO Global Clinical Practice Network and to register for it please follow this link: http://www.globalclinicalpractice.net. Please find attached the WHO-IUPsyS Global Clinical Practice Network Invitation Letter.

Call for Nominations for Treasurer

Publish Date:
14 Oct, 2014

Summary:

The International Union of Psychological Science has issued a call for nominations for the position of Treasurer. The Treasurer of the Union works with the Secretary General to carry out the principal financial administrative functions of the Union. Nominations are due by January 31, 2015; however, earlier nominations are encouraged and must be submitted via email to: Prof. Saths Cooper, President of IUPsyS, c/o Dr Ann Watts, IUPsyS Secretary-General (anndwatts@iafrica.com). Please use the attached Nomination Form. 

2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded to Neuroscientist and two Psychologists

Publish Date:
06 Oct, 2014

Summary:

Saths Cooper, President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), paid tribute to neuroscientist John O'Keefe and psychologists May‐Britt and Edvard I Moser for winning this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering an inner GPS in the brain. O'Keefe's pioneering work in 1971 was confirmed a generation later, in 2005, by the Mosers, making a considerable contribution to behavioural science. On behalf of IUPsyS’ 86 National Members and 20 Affiliates the world over, IUPsyS congratulates these eminent psychologists. This year´s Nobel Laureates receive the prize for their discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. The three scientists have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain, that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. The President of the Norwegian Psychological Association and IUPsyS Vice President, Tor Levin Hofgaard, expressed his happiness for the three laureates and the scientific field of neuroscience. "Neuroscience has during the last two decades contributed substantially to our understanding of human functioning and pathology. I am happy to notice that psychology plays a major role", Hofgaard said. For more information, see: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2014/press.pdf

Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disasters (PIAD) in the Asia-Pacific Region Mianyang, Sichuan, China, December 8-11, 2014

Publish Date:
20 Sep, 2014

Summary:

Deadline Extended to 20 October 2014

The overall aim is to use existing IUPsyS experience and its access to international scientific and applied expertise on resilience in the face of stressful and traumatic events to help researchers, educators and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to increase their understanding of and ability to respond to the mental health consequences of disasters so prevalent in the region. A renowned international faculty of scientists will work with participants on most recent scientific and applied scientific evidence and knowledge, and show the constraints and opportunities of dealing with particular target groups such as children and adolescents. The workshop program will further address knowledge provision, education and training in academic programs of psychology, and help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific research and training in mental health support following disaster. Click here for the full Announcement and Call for Application.

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