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Edmond Chiu

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Professor Edmond Chiu is Professorial Fellow of Old Aged Psychiatry in the University of Melbourne. He was President of International Psychogeriatric Association and is the current Chair of the WPA Section of Old Age Psychiatry.

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Dilip V. Jeste

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Dilip V. Jeste, MD is the Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and VA San Diego Healthcare System. He is also the Director of the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research at UCSD focusing on psychosis in late-life, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and of the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr Jeste obtained his medical education in Poona, and psychiatry training in Bombay, India. In the USA, he completed his psychiatry residency at Cornell University, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders and Dementias at the NIMH before moving to San Diego.

Dr Jeste is the Principal Investigator on several research and training grants. He has published eight books, and over 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and of the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institutes of Health. He is in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the ‘world's most cited authors’–comprising less than 0.5% of all the publishing researchers of the last two decades. Dr Jeste is a past President of American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, and Founding President of International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been listed in ‘The Best Doctors in America’ and has received a number of awards including NIMH's MERIT Award; Society of Biological Psychiatry's A.E. Bennett Neuropsychiatric Research Award; Commendation for Dedicated Service from American Legion, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission; AAGP's Senior Investigator Award; Institute of Living's C. Charles Burlingame Award; American Psychiatric Association's Research Award; Most Distinguished Physician Teacher/Researcher Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin; Asian Heritage Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Research; American College of Psychiatrists' Geriatric Research Award; and Distinguished Investigator Award from National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.

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KWM (Bill) Fulford

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KWM (Bill) Fulford is Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health in the University of Warwick Medical School, where he runs a Masters, PhD and research programme in Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health Practice. He is also a Member of the Faculty of Philosophy, and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford; and Visiting Professor in Psychology, The Institute of Psychiatry and King's College, London University. He is the founder and Co-Editor of the first international journal for philosophy and mental health, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP), and of a new book series from Oxford University Press on International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry. A recent book in the series is his Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry co-authored with Professors Tim Thornton and George Graham. He is currently seconded part time to the Department of Health in London as Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice. With Professors Kamlesh Patel and Chris Heginbotham, he has recently established an international Institute for Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire in England.

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John Z. Sadler

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John Z. Sadler, MD is the Daniel W. Foster Professor of Medical Ethics, a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA. Holding several administrative posts at Southwestern. Dr Sadler directs the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine, directs the psychiatry department's undergraduate (medical student) teaching programs, and is a chair of one of the institution's Institutional Review Boards for the protection of human subjects in research. He also directs the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, & Technology at UT Southwestern's sister institution in Dallas, the University of Texas at Dallas. A co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP), he helped steward the founding of the Association's affiliated journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP), and continues to co-edit PPP with Bill Fulford, along with the Oxford University Press International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry book series.

His philosophical research work in the philosophy and ethics of psychiatry has been supported with multiple federal and private foundation grants. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, and books. His most recent book, Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis, is the culmination of ten years' work on how values are involved in the design and content of psychiatric diagnostic classifications. A new book-length collaboration with philosopher Dr Jennifer Radden, The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Psychiatric Practice is currently under publisher review.

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Paul Hoff

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Paul Hoff, born 1956, MD, PhD, is Deputy Medical Director at the Department of General and Social Psychiatry, Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. He received his medical degree at the University of Mainz, Germany in 1980, and his philosophical degree at the University of Munich, Germany, in 1988. From 1981 to 1996 he worked at the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Munich, where, in 1994, he became university lecturer. He received his official accreditation as psychiatrist and neurologist in 1989 and as psychotherapist in 1996. In 1997 he was appointed university professor of psychiatry at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany (RWTH). Since June 2003 he has worked in Zurich.

Dr Hoff's other interests are descriptive psychopathology and epistemological issues as concept of illness, implications of neuroscience on concepts of mental illness, medicine of the person; delusion with focus on conceptual and empirical issues (psychopathological as well as neurobiological); history of psychiatry with focus on life and work of Emil Kraepelin and the contemporary relevance of his approach; forensic psychiatry with focus on psychopathological and diagnostic issues and Interdisciplinary communication and organisation in mental hospitals.

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Dieter Naber

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Dieter Naber, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany. He attended medical school at the University of Göttingen from 1968 to 1971, and the University of Bonn from 1971 to 1974, followed by an internship in Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Biochemistry from 1974 to 1975. He later became a board-certified psychiatrist in 1986, a psychotherapist in 1989, and an associate professor in 1992.

From 1977 to 1985, he worked at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Munich, with two intermissions (1978-1980 and 1984-1985) for basic and clinical research at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, USA. Since 1995, he has been Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Hamburg.

Professor Naber is a member of several professional organisations, including the Collegium Internationale Psychopharmacologicum and the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is a frequent lecturer and has published 310 articles, 140 book chapters, and 24 books. He serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards, and acts as a reviewer for numerous international journals. His research interests include long-term effects of neuroleptic treatment, subjective effects of neuroleptics, the quality of life in psychiatric patients, and the therapeutic alliance.

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Harold Pincus

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Harold Pincus, MD is Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of Quality and Outcomes Research at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Associate Director of Columbia's Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr Pincus also serves as a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Previously he was Director of the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, where he still maintains an adjunct professorship. He is the Director of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's National Program on Depression in Primary Care: Linking Clinical and Systems Strategies, and the Hartford Foundation's national program on building interdisciplinary geriatric research centers. Dr Pincus has also served as the Deputy Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association and the founding director of APA's Office of Research and Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education. Prior to joining the APA, he was the Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr Pincus graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Following completion of residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr Pincus was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr Pincus served as a professional staff member of the President's Commission on Mental Health at the White House and, subsequently, as a congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dr Pincus was Vice Chair of the Task Force on DSM-IV, Co-Chair of the Work Group to Update the Text of DSM-IV (DSM-IV-TR) and has been appointed to the editorial boards of ten major scientific journals. He has edited or co-authored 23 books and over 300 scientific publications on health services research, science policy, research career development and the diagnosis, classification and treatment of mental disorders. Dr Pincus has had a particular research interest in the practice of evidence-based medicine, quality improvement and the relationships among general medicine, mental health, and substance abuse. He has led major health policy and services research and research training projects totaling over $60 million in external funding.

He has also been a consultant to federal agencies and private organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service, John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation and the Hartford Foundation. Dr Pincus chaired the NIH committee responsible for recommending medical journals to be incorporated into the National Library of Medicine's Index Medicus and served on several Institutes of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Committees including the Review the Social Security Administration's Disability Research Program and Crossing the Quality Chasm in Behavioral Health, as well as the World Health Organization's International Classification of Disease Oversight Committee, the World Psychiatric Association Section on Economics, National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Standards for Substance Abuse Care, and numerous other national and international committees. He is a member of the Behavioral Measurement Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Scientific Council of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and currently chairs the NIH/NCRR Evaluation Steering Committee for Clinical and Translational Science Awards.

Dr Pincus received the William C. Menninger Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians for distinguished contributions to the science of mental health, the Health Services Research Senior Scholar Award of the American Psychiatric Association and Columbia University's Emily Mumford Medal. In 2005, he was awarded the Vestermark Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Psychiatric Association for contributions to psychiatric education.

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