Highlights of the 53rd International Neuropsychiatric Pula Congress

The 53rd International Neuropsychiatric Pula Congress (INPC) was held June 19-22, 2013, under the auspices of the Croatian President Prof. dr. Ivo Josipovic. The congress is traditionally held in Verudela Hotels Park Plaza Histria and Brioni, and organizers are: Kuratorium International Neuropsychiatric Pula Congress and the Department of Medical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The supporting organizations of the Congress are: World Federation of Neurology, WFN Applied Research Group on the Delivery of Neurology Services, International Interdisciplinary Medicine Association, European Psychiatric Association, Central and Eastern European Stroke Society.

This year, the congress was endorsed by WFN. The main sponsors of the congress were the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Graz and the City of Zagreb. More than 350 participants attended representing Australia, Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Herzegovina, Hungary, India, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zeeland, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, and many more.

Vida Demarin, MD, honorary president of the INPC Congress, and Bosko Barac, MD.

Vida Demarin, MD, honorary president of the INPC Congress, and Bosko Barac, MD.

The main theme of this year’s congress was Depression and Pain — What Is the Link? The theme of the joint meeting of the International Neuropsychiatric Pula Congress in the Section of Neuroscience Alps-Adria offered discussions about different therapeutic approaches. Beside the main theme during this year’s congress, numerous symposiums were also held: the Second European Summer School of Psychopathology in Pula, the Sixth Pula International Symposium on Epilepsy, the Second Interface Providers in Neurorehabilitation Symposium, the First Pula Neuro-interdisciplinary School, psychiatric symposia on Law on Psychotherapy, Forensic Psychiatry, CSF Signaling and CSF Biomarkers, neurological symposia on Music and Rhythm in Restoring the Brain, Advanced Treatment of Parkinson´s Disease and Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain. On Wednesday evening, the traditional academic lecture was given by Professor Luigi Agnati, who presented the latest findings on the Volume Transmission Mode and Potential Clinical Impact.

This year’s International Neuropsychiatric Pula Congress has once again proved that there is a need and interest to organize such a congress where multidisciplinary approaches to numerous interesting topics in the field of both neurology and psychiatry is maintained, and which has during more than half a century maintained the continuity of meeting that has become known as “The Pula School of Science and Humanism,” as it was often emphasized by prominent speakers, honored guests and participants of the oldest international congress in the field of neurology, psychiatry and neuropsychiatry.