IACAPAP 2022 to take place at DWTC

Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, the first and only specialised children’s hospital in the UAE, will host the 25th International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions World Congress (IACAPAP 2022) at the Dubai World Trade Centre next week.

Held every two years, the IACAPAP brings the global community together to discuss important topics and promote global advances in the field. A landmark 25th edition of the congress will be held from 5 to 9 December under the theme “Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Shaping the Future”. IACAPAP 2022 aligns with the UAE’s National Wellbeing Strategy 2031, which aims to make the country a world leader in quality of life through a series of strategic goals and initiatives.

In 2016, Dubai became the first Arab city to win the bid to host the world’s largest congress on child and adolescent mental health. The first in the 86-year history of the IACAPAP World Congress to be held in the region, it will provide a platform for scientists and clinicians from around the world to discuss the latest research, explore current issues in child and adolescent mental health and highlight cutting-edge innovations to promote mental health.

The event will feature CPD-accredited sessions in the region, led by world-leading experts including Professor Antonio Hardan, Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University; Professor Bennett L Leventhal, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; former IACAPAP President, Professor Bruno Falissart, Head of the Public Health and Mental Health Research Laboratory at the University of Paris-Sud, among others.

The first day is reserved for pre-congress workshops and the official opening ceremony is scheduled for December 6. The five-day congress will feature 12 workshops, 15 keynote speeches and more than 250 hours of symposium and lectures. The sessions, which will bring together more than 300 experts from around the world, will cover several topics, including anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, policy and advocacy, mental health prevention and well-being promotion, and new technologies to improve access to mental health services for children and adolescents.

Current issues such as parent-child interactions and the impact of Covid-19 on mental health will also be covered in the programme. Thousands of delegates from over 85 countries will attend the sessions.

Hosting the event in Dubai will be another milestone in the emirate’s efforts to raise awareness of mental health in the region and support its efforts to become a leading centre for medical tourism.

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