The International Symposium on HIV and Neuropsychiatry (http://neuropsychiatry-hiv.com/) is an international CNS-HIV meeting that has been held annually in Barcelona (Spain) since 2008. It has been organised by the psychiatrist Dr Jordi Blanch and by the infectologist Esteban Martinez. This year, it will be the 10th edition and it will be held on May 26-27, 2017.
This is a well-established international meeting with few competitors in its field. It aims at about 100 attendees interested in neuropsychiatric health of HIV-infected patients. We have tried to continuously improve the format and the content of the meeting taking into account the suggestions from attendees. Neurocognitive and psychiatric aspects of HIV care are of paramount importance. There are many gaps of knowledge and many controversies. New challenges arise when solutions for old problems emerge. This symposium serves both for giving access to the most updated information in these fields and for making practical recommendations that will be useful in the clinical setting.
The symposium will have plenaries on hot topics, oral communications and posters (depending on demand). This year’s faculty will include Johannes Schroeder, Ignacio Perez-Valero, Jose Antonio Muñoz-Moreno, Piercy Fernandez, Jose Luis Blanco, Larry McGlynn, Andrea Calcagno, Paola Cinque, and Scott Letendre. Further details on the event and programme can be checked on the website http://neuropsychiatry-hiv.com/.
This year, we have established a special formative session addressed to young doctors caring for HIV-infected patients with limited experience in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of CNS problems in this population. This part will be entitled "Practical Training on Diagnosis and Management of Neurocognitive and Psychiatric Comorbidities in HIV-Infected Patients". It will cover approximately 3 hours, from 16.00 until 19.00 on Thursday, May 26, 2017. We are planning very clear and schematic presentations to be agreed and prepared by a team of doctors and psychologists, and above all to engage in an open discussion with the audience regarding practical questions or doubts that may arise on the following 4 aspects:
1. Diagnosis and screening of neurocognitive impairment in HIV-infected patients (45 minutes)
2. Prevention and treatment of neurocognitive impairment in HIV-infected patients (45 minutes)
3. Diagnosis and screening of psychiatric conditions in HIV-infected patients (45 minutes)
4. Prevention and treatment of psychiatric conditions in HIV-infected patients (45 minutes). Regarding "Practical Training on Diagnosis and Management of Neurocognitive and Psychiatric Comorbidities in HIV-Infected Patients", proposed members for the neurocognitive team will be Scott Letendre, Paola Cinque, Andrea Calcagno, Jose Antonio Muñoz-Moreno, Gabriele Arendt, Magnus Gisslen, Alan Winston, and Esteban Martinez; and for the psychiatric team they will be Larry McGlynn, Guida da Ponte, José Catalán, Annemiek Schade, Maria Ferrara, and Jordi Blanch.
The whole symposium and specifically the special formative session have obtained the support from both the Spanish Group for the Study of AIDS (GESIDA) and the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS). The event will have medical credits granted from Spanish and European Agencies.