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Editorial introductions.

Current Opinion in Psychiatry: March 2010 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p vi–viii
doi: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e32833779d7
Editorial introductions

Current Opinion in Psychiatry was launched in 1988. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of psychiatry is divided into 13 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.

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Section Editors

Lynn DeLisi

Lynn E. DeLisi, MD is currently Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts and Attending Psychiatrist at the VA Boston Healthcare System. In addition, she is the Co-editor-in-chief and Co-founder of the Elsevier journal, Schizophrenia Research and Secretary of two professional organizations: The International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) and The Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) and a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. In October 2007 she chaired the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics in NYC for over 1000 participants and in 2008 and now 2010 has been, along with Dr Fleischhacker, an organizer of the Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference taking place in Italy.

Her undergraduate degree is in zoology from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. She obtained her M.D. degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1972 and went on from there to do 3 years of general practice work with the migrant Chile farmers of Northern New Mexico. From 1975–1998 she completed a residency in psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, DC. From 1987–1998 she was a post-doctoral fellow and then a full-time staff research psychiatrist in the NIMH intramural research program, St. Elizabeths Hospital and Bethesda, Maryland. From there in 1987, she moved to The State University of New York at Stony Brook where she set up several research programs on the longitudinal biological outcome of schizophrenia emphasizing both brain imaging and genetic studies. From 2001 through 2008 she was professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and associate director of The Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at The Nathan S Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research until she obtained her current position in Boston where she has been for the past year setting up new research programs on schizophrenia and treating chronic patients with schizophrenia. She has edited and authored over 300 books and manuscripts and serves on the editorial board of several other journals.

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Wolfgang Fleischhacker

W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker, M.D., is Managing Director and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Medical University Innsbruck in Austria, where he also serves as Director of the Department of Biological Psychiatry. He is also a certified psychotherapist with a specialty in behavioral therapy.

After receiving his medical degree from Innsbruck University, Dr Fleischhacker trained at the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology of the Medical Faculty there. In 1987 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent 18 months at Hillside Hospital in New York.

Dr Fleischhacker is a member of the editorial boards of several medical journals, and is a coeditor of the schizophrenia section for Current Opinion in Psychiatry. His research interests have led to participation in World Health Organization and World Psychiatric Association programs focusing on stigma and schizophrenia. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products.

Currently Chairman of the European Group for Research in Schizophrenia, Dr Fleischhacker is also an active member the Austrian Association of Biological Psychiatry, the Association of European Psychiatrists (EPA), the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), vice president of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologium (CINP), board member of the Schizophrenia International Research Society and foreign corresponding fellow of the American College of Neuropschopharmacology (ACNP).

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Winfried Rief

Winfried Rief, Ph.D., is currently chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, head of the Outpatient Clinic of Psychotherapy at the Philipps University, and head of the Postgraduate Ph.D.-Program for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Marburg, Germany. After completing his training in psychology at the University of Trier (Germany) he passed his postgraduate training and Ph.D. program at the University of Konstanz, the Psychiatric Hospital Reichenau, and the Psychiatric Hospital Rottenmünster (Rottweil, Germany). Afterwards, he was head of the Psychology Department of the Psychosomatic Hospital Roseneck, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany. From 1991 to 2000, he was lecturer at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He is a licensed psychotherapist (cognitive behavior therapy) and supervisor. In 2001, Dr Rief moved to the University of Marburg.

Dr Rief has contributed significantly to the field of medically unexplained symptoms. He published more than 250 articles, book chapters and books on aspects of classification of somatoform disorders, psychobiological and psychological features of medically unexplained syndromes, training of general practitioners, how to manage this patient group, and cognitive behavioral intervention trials. Just recently he also published in the field of placebo research and side effect ascertainment strategies in clinical trials. His studies were supported by the German Research Foundation DFG as well as the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF. In 1997, Dr Rief chaired the first international symposium on somatoform disorders under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the World Psychiatric Association. This meeting was repeated in 2002 in Marburg, again chaired by Prof. Rief.

Dr Rief was invited guest professor at Harvard Medical School/Harvard University in Boston, USA from September 2004 to January 2005. He was also visiting professor of the Medical School of the University of Auckland, New Zealand from September to October 2002 and at UCSD San Diego from September 2009 until January 2010. He received the award of excellent scientific contribution from the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (Winterthur 2004). Dr Rief has also been active as a member of the editorial board or reviewer of more than 30 scientific journals. He was head of the German Society of Behavioral Medicine from 2001 to 2005.

In 2006, he was nominated as invited expert for the conference on “somatic presentations of mental disorders” under the auspices of the American Psychiatric Association APA, the National Institute of Health NIH, and the World Health Organization. He is also IASP representative for the revision of pain diagnoses in ICD-11.

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Mohan Isaac

Mohan Isaac, M.B.B.S., D.P.M., M.D., F.R.C.Psych., is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Population Mental Health at the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Australia, Perth and Consultant Psychiatrist, Fremantle Hospital and Health Services, Fremantle.

After completing his medical training at the Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India, Dr Isaac obtained postgraduate training and qualifications in psychiatry (Diploma in Psychological Medicine and Doctorate in Medicine –Psychiatry) from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore. He joined the teaching faculty of NIMHANS in 1979 as a lecturer and subsequently worked there for twenty five years in various capacities till March, 2005. He chaired the Department of Psychiatry at NIMHANS from 1997 to 2001. Dr Isaac has contributed significantly to the development and implementation of the ‘National Mental Health Programme’ in India.

Dr Isaac has assisted the World Health Organization (WHO) as a temporary adviser on numerous occasions in different parts of the world, and has worked as WHO consultant in Afghanistan. He has also worked in the capacity of “medical officer” with WHO's Division of Mental Health in Geneva, from 1993 to 1995. Dr Isaac assists numerous international organizations on matters related to mental health and has assisted the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) as a consultant, based in Jordan. Dr Isaac's most recent Consultancy assignment is with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila on a project on ‘Psychosocial Health of Conflict Affected Populations in Sri Lanka’.

Dr Isaac holds a number of positions with various non-governmental organizations. Currently, he is the President of the Medico-Pastoral Association ( in Bangalore and the “Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action” (, India. He has held various positions with the Indian Psychiatric Society. He has more than 135 publications on Community Mental Health in developing countries and other related topics.

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