Keynote 1 (Presidential Keynote)

Social Interaction in Borderline Personality Disorder: Pathways Linking Neurobiology and Behavior

Sabine C. Herpertz is Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Department of General Psychiatry at the Center of Psychosocial Medicine at the University of Heidelberg, Germany since 2009. Between 2001 and 2002 she held an appointment as Professor of Experimental Psychopathology at Aachen University, RWTH before in 2003 she moved to Rostock University as Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the same-named department. She is editor-in-chief of Psychopathology. Her key research activities are borderline and antisocial personality disorder, emotion regulation and social cognition using fMRI and psychoendocrinology as methods for neurobiological research in addition to experimental psychopathology. She is Deputy Spokesperson of the German Clinical Research Unit on Mechanisms of Disturbed Emotion Processing in Borderline Personality Disorder and she received the Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Severe Personality Disorders Award 2014 from the Weill Cornell Medical College New York. She is currently president of the International Society of the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD) and president of the German Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Keynote 2

The Role of DNA methylation in the link between early adversity and child and adolescent psychopathology

Edward D. Barker is a Reader in Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. His research focused on how stressful environments exacerbate underlying (epi)genetic vulnerabilities to affect children’s development. He is particularly interested in the impact of psychopathology in caregivers (and associated risks) on children’s antisocial behaviour, and the relative role of prenatal and postnatal risk exposures.  Dr Barker’s studies have been published in numerous leading interdisciplinary journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Child Development and Development and Psychopathology. He is currently interested in examining neural correlates of adversity-related chronic low-grade inflammation as mechanisms of vulnerability for child and adolescent mental health problems.

Keynote 3

Health and mortality in personality disorders

Paul Moran is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol. His research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of personality disorders and self-harming behavior. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and received the 2016Senior Scientist Award from the British & Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and his research has highlighted the public health and economic burden of personality disorder. Alongside his epidemiological research, he also has an interest in health services research and he currently leads the UK national evaluation of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway. He has advised the Department of Health and NHS organizations in the UK on the management of personality disorders. He was a member of theNICE Guidelines Development Group on the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (2009),and was an expert member of NICE's Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC) on Personality Disorders (2015). Dr. Moran also led the development of a widely used, rapid screening test for personality disorder (the Standardised Assessment of Personality Abbreviated Scale; SAPAS).

Keynote 4

Personality Trait Pathology, Personality Dysfunction, and Daily Functioning: What’s Shared and What's Distinct?

Lee Anna Clark is the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She currently serves as Chair of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Measurement of Personality and Psychopathology. Her Clinical Psychology Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota, and before moving to Notre Dame in 2010 she was at the University of Iowa for 17 years. Her research focus is on the assessment of personality disorder, for which she developed the Schedule for Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality (SNAP) to assess personality traits across the normal-abnormal spectrum. She was on DSM5’s Personality and Personality Disorders Work Group, which developed its Alternative Model for PD, and served on several DSM-5 cross-cutting study and advisory groups. She currently is on the ICD-11 Personality Disorder Work Group.Her research is funded by an NIMH grant to develop a brief but comprehensive assessment system for personality disorder diagnosis including both personality traits and functioning.

Keynote 5

Motives and social decision making

Christian Ruff is Professor for Decision Neuroscience at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He obtained his PhD from University College London, UK, where he also worked for several years as Assistant and Associate Professor. In his research, Prof. Ruff studies the neural basis of human decision making, with a particular focus on the brain processes underlying social behaviour. This research is multidisciplinary, combining empirical approaches from psychology and behavioral economics with computational modelling, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation methods. Prof. Ruff's studies have been published in numerous leading interdisciplinary journals, including Science, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Neuron, and PNAS. He is currently interested in identifying brain processes that causally control our social decisions, as these processes may be neural origins of individual differences and pathological changes in social behavior.