CAN GUT MICROBES PLAY A ROLE IN MENTAL DISORDERS AND THEIR TREATMENT?

The gut microbes, collectively called microbiota, are linked to the brain through a bidirectional system that involves the vagus nerve, the immune system, and various neurotransmitters. Stress response, memory functions, social behavior, and mood are modulated by microbiota.

ACTIVITY OF THE HYPOTHALAMIC-PITUITARY-ADRENAL AXIS AND INFLAMMATORY MEDIATORS IN MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER WITH OR WITHOUT METABOLIC SYNDROME

The aim of the present study was to explore the differences in serum CRP, IL-6, TNF-α, ACTH and cortisol among patients with major depressive disorder with or without metabolic syndrome (MS) compared to a healthy control group.

Danubian Psychiatric Association

INTRODUCTION

The Danubian Psychiatric Association (DPA) was founded in 1964, is a bilateral organisation for organising Danube Symposia between Bratislava and Vienna. The DPA (16 member-countries) organises every other year a Danube Symposium of Psychiatry in various countries.
In 1990 3 research groups started aiming for an improvement of quality of life for psychiatric ill persons and for the disabled clinic patients.
  1. Psychiatric Care Systems
  2. Suicidology
  3. Census of Hospital Care of Psychiatry

ORGANIZATION

Chairman: Doz. Prim. Dr. Werner Schöny (A)

Substitutes:
Prof. Dr. Norman Sartorius (CH)
Dr. István Bitter (H)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Zapotoczky (A)
Prof. Dr. Jiri Raboch (CZ)
Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Wulf Rössler (CH)
Dr. Petr Molcan (SK)

Secretaries:
Prim. Dr. Elmar Windhager (A)
Dr. Roman J. Witkowski (D)

Treasurers:
Dr. Monica Ienciu (RO)
Prof. Dr. Matyas Trixler (H)

Co-opt. Member: Prof. Dr. Miroslav Jakovljevic (CRO)

Accountants:

Prof. Dr .Ilona Huszar (H)
Doz. Dr. Oldrich Vinar (CZ)

Advisory Board:
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Neurologie und Psychiatrie, Sektion Psychiatrie
Russian Society of Psychiatrists
Psychiatric Association of Slovenia
Bulgarian Psychiatric Association
Wissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut für allgemeine und gerichtliche Psychiatrie zu Kiev (WFI AGP)
Ukraine Scientific Society of Psychiatr./Neurolog./Narcolog.
All-Ukrainian Ass. of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Hungarian Psychiatric Association
Czech Psychiatric Society: Raboch
Romanian Psychiatric Association
Psychiatrische Fachgesellschaft für Moldavien
Psychiatric Association Bosnia-Herzegovina
Yugosloav Psychiatric Association
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Nervenheilkunde
Croatian Psychiatric Association
Polish Psychiatric Association
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie
Slovak Psychiatric Association

Honorary President: Prof. Dr. Gustav Hofmann

Honorary Members:
Prof. Frater (H)
(since 8/94) Prof. Hippius (D)
Prof. Spiel (A)
Prof. Vencovsky (CZ) (verstorben 01/1999)
Prof. Temkov (BG) (verstorben)

Committees: 3 research groups:
Psychiatric Care Systems: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gustav Hofmann
Suicidology: Univ.-Doz. Prim. Dr. Werner Schöny
Census of Hospital Care of Psychiatry: Univ.-Doz. Prim.Dr. Hans Rittmannsberger

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES

Organisation of Danube Symposia every other year in a different country. Seminars for the development of psychiatric reforms and legal prerequisites of health and social insurance systems.

PUBLICATIONS

Special quarterly journal: "Psychiatria Danubina": since 1989, edited in Zagreb, Croatia.