The Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy is proud to organize the International Psychopharmacology Course 2019 in Stresa, Italy: a two-day conference offering an in-depth review of the latest knowledge in treatment, epidemiology, and diagnosis across mental health conditions including depression and schizophrenia.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy has been hosting the renowned Psychopharmacology Conference in the U.S. for over 40 years. This international course will be interactive and multidisciplinary. It will provide a unique opportunity to understand differing perspectives and approaches from leading mental health experts in the U.S. and Europe, as well as an exceptional forum for networking, exchanging ideas, learning, and sharing experiences with colleagues and faculty.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify rational, evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for patients with unipolar, bipolar, and treatment-resistant depression.
  • Assess obstacles to maintenance of long-term recovery and the liability issues associated with psychopharmacology.
  • Discuss diagnostic and evidenced-based treatment strategies for pediatric onset mood disorders.
  • Compare the newest medications in the pipeline for depression and schizophrenia to those which are currently being used.
  • Review the usefulness of well being therapy in depression.
  • Discuss the use of brain stimulation in treatment refractory depression.
  • Analyze the evolution of antipsychotic therapy with an emphasis on long acting injectable medication.


Content and faculty subject to change.


8:00 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks
David H. Rubin, MD

9:15 - 9:30 AM

Maurizio Fava, MD

Module I: The Complexity of Depression

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Treatment-resistant Depression
Maurizio Fava, MD

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Bipolar Depression and Mixed Features
Stefano Pallanti, MD, PhD

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Depression: Drug Treatments: What is in the Pipeline?
Maurizio Fava, MD

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderators: David H. Rubin, MD
Panelists: Maurizio Fava, MD & Stefano Pallanti, MD, PhD

12:30 - 1:30 PM


Module II: Special Topics in Depression

1:30 - 2:15 PM

Juvenile Forms of Depression
David H. Rubin, MD

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Juvenile Bipolar Depression
Joseph Biederman, MD

3:00 - 3:15 PM

Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Well Being Therapy of Depression
Giovanni A. Fava, MD

4:00 - 4:45 PM

Updates on TMS in Depression
Stefano Pallanti, MD, PhD

4:45 - 5:30 PM

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderators: Maurizio Fava, MD, Siegfried Kasper, MD
Panelists: David H. Rubin, MD, Joseph Biederman, MD, Giovanni A. Fava, MD, Stefano Pallanti, MD, PhD

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

8:15 - 8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks
David H. Rubin, MD

Module III: Schizophrenia and Schizophrenia-related Psychoses: A Focus on Treatment Issues

8:30 - 9:15 AM

Early Intervention in Psychosis
Cristina Colombo, MD

9:15 - 10:00 AM

Real-life Functioning of Persons with Schizophrenia: Implications for Treatment
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FACLP

10:00 - 10:45 AM

Drug Treatments in Schizophrenia _ What is on the Horizon?
Siegfried Kasper, MD

10:45 - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Evolution of Antipsychotic Therapy: Focus on Long-acting Injectable Antipsychotics
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderators: David H. Rubin, MD & Cristina Colombo, MD
Panelists: Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FACLP & Siegfried Kasper, MD,

12:30 - 1:30 PM



  • Chief, Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD
    Director, Bressler Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Chair of Psychiatry
    University Vita-Salute San Raffaele
  • Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
    Director, Division of Clinical Research of the MGH Research Institute
    Executive Director, MGH Clinical Trials Network & Institute (CTNI)
    Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research
    Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
    State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Co-Director, MGH Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • President
    The International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP)
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
    Medical University of Vienna
  • Founder, Owner, CEO, Administrator, Strategic and Scientific Director
    Istituto di Neuroscienze
    Tenured Professor
    Psychiatry University of Florence, School of Medicine,
    Founder, Director and Administrator
    Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS
  • Executive Director, Massachusetts General
    Hospital Psychiatry Academy
    Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Residency Training
    Massachusetts General Hospital

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers


MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before Feb. 22, 2019): $645.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before May 3, 2019): $695.00
Regular Registration (after May 3, 2019): $795.00

Other Professionals or Trainees
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before Feb. 22, 2019): $545.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before May 3, 2019): $595.00
Regular Registration (after May 3, 2019): $695.00

Cancellation Policy

A refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee will be issued for refund requests received by June 14, 2019. No refunds will be issued for refund requests made after June 14, 2019. Payments made may not be applied to future conferences or other educational activities. There are no exceptions to these policies. The super early bird rate is non-refundable under any circumstances.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved at Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées & Spa at a discounted rate. The rooms are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees must book their stay by July 5, 2019 to receive the discounted rate.

Rooms can be booked directly through using code MGHPSYCH.

Room rates are as follows:

DateSingle OccupancyDouble Occupancy
July 12€ 225 + vat 10%= € 247,50€ 267,50 vat included
July 13€ 225 + vat 10%= € 247,50€ 267,50 vat included
July 14€ 180 + vat 10%= € 198,00€ 218,00 vat included
July 15€ 210 + vat 10%= € 231,00€ 251,00 vat included

(Buffet breakfast included)


Additional Live Conferences

We offer other live conferences on various facets of mental health in addition to the conference you are currently viewing.

View a full list of our mental health conferences

CME Information

Live Event Date: July 13, 2019 - July 14, 2019






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 14.75 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists.

This offering meeting the criteria for 11.0 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 11.0 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.



Other Professions

This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRACategory1 CreditsTMassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRACategory1 CreditsTMmay or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest (COI)

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