WFSBP Executive committee
EC of the 2015 – 2017 term
Professor Masatoshi Takeda, Japan
Masatoshi TAKEDA, MD, PhD is elected as WFSBP President Elect (2013-2015) to serve as WFSBP President (2015-2019).
Prof. Masa Takeda studied biochemistry and molecular genetics in Tokyo U (Tokyo, Japan), biochemistry in Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, USA), and medical science in Osaka U (Osaka, Japan) to earn M.D. in 1979 and Ph.D. in 1983.
After post-doc research experience in University of Florida (Gainesville, USA) and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, USA), he has been involved with research in neurochemistry, molecular biology of psychiatric and neurological disorders.
He has published over 300 English papers and over 300 Japanese papers in basic and clinical psychiatry. Recent research interest covers molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease, clinicopathogenesis of schizophrenia, cognitive impairment in psychiatric disorders including, late life depression, PTSD and sleep disorders.
Prof. Masa Takeda is serving as the chairman professor of psychiatry at Osaka University Graduate school of Medicine since 1996.
He is also the President of Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (JSPN), the largest academic society of psychiatrists in Japan. In Past, he served as the President of International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) (2009-2011), the President of Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry (JSBP)(2009-2013).
In addition to active roles in many academic organizations related psychiatry and neuroscience, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychogeriatrics (official journal of Japanese Psychogeriatric Society), Dementia Japan (official journal of Japan Society of Dementia Research), Cognition and Dementia, and Schizophrenia Frontier. He was the editor-in-chief of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (official journal of JSPN), Japanese Journal of Psychiatry and Neurology (official journal of JSPN in Japanese).
Vice President (2013-2017)
Professor Tudor Udristoiu, Romania
Prof. Udristoiu is now serving as WFSBP Vice-President.
Medical Degree: Medicine School Bucharest, Romania, 1969
Specialty Board in Psychiatry, 1974
Ph.D. Degree, Medicine School Bucharest, Romania, 1988
Specialist in Psychiatry (1974 - 1990); Assistant, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Romania (1977 - 1990); Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (1990 - 1992); Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (1992 - 1995).
Senior Psychiatrist (1990 - present); Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (1995 - present); Ph.D. Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (2003 - present).
Clinical and administrative responsibilities
Chief of Neuropsychiatry Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (1993 - 2004); Scientific Secretary, Senate of the University of Craiova, (1996 - 1998); Vice-Rector, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (2000 - 2008); Chancellor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (2008 - 2012); Manager, Negoi Hospital, Dolj County (1970 - 1977); Manager, University Hospital „Victor Babeş” Craiova (1993 - 1995); President of Administrative Board, University Hospital for Neuropsychiatry Craiova (2004 - 2006); Manager, University Hospital for Neuropsychiatry Craiova (2006 - 2008);
President, Medical Board, Dolj County (2008 - present); Chief, University Clinic of Psychiatry Craiova (1990 – present); Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (2005 - present).
Positions of social offer
President, National Commission for Psychiatry (1994 - 1996); Member of the Romanian delegation for “WHO Ministerial Meeting on Mental Health in Europe” in Helsinki (2005); Director, PHARE project in the Psychiatry Clinic Craiova, EUR 240,000
(2004 - 2007); Senator of the Romanian Parliament; Secretary, Commission for Public Health; Secretary, Commission for European Affairs (2009 - 2012).
Award for Excellence in Education, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry – Paris, 2009; Honorary Member, World Psychiatric Association – Cairo, 2005; Visiting Professor, University “John F. Kennedy” – Buenos Aires, 2003; Award for Excellency „Eduard Pamfil”, Romanian Psychiatric Association (2003, 2005 and 2006).
President, Romanian Psychiatric Association (2003 - 2006); President, Romanian Association for Biological Psychiatry (2006 - 2008); Vice-President, Romanian Association for Psychopharmacology (2000 - 2008); Consultant, Finance Committee, World Psychiatric Association Executive Committee (2005 - 2008); Finance Officer; Psychiatric Association of Eastern Europe and Balkans (2005 - 2008); Member, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry Task Force on Eating Disorders (2005 - 2009); International Member, American Psychiatric Association; Member, European College of Psychopharmacology; Member, International Society for Bipolar Disorders; Member, European Neurological Society.
2008 - present: President, Romanian Society for Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology.
Chairman/Member of Scientific Board – all national congresses and conferences on psychiatry, 1992 – 2013; Chairman, „World Psychiatric Association Regional Meeting”, Craiova, 2004.
Books in Romanian: 10
University textbooks: 4
Chapters of Scientific Books: 5
Scientific Journal Articles: 216
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Romanian Journal for Psychopharmacology; Member, Editorial Board of the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry; Member, Romanian Journal of Psychiatry
updated June 2013
Past President (2015-2017)
Professor Constantin R. Soldatos, Greece
Prof. Soldatos is now serving as WFSBP Past President 2015-2017.
- Medical Degree: Athens University Medical School, Athens, 1964
- Specialty Boards in Neurology and Psychiatry, 1967
- Doctorate Thesis in Medicine University of Athens, 1969
- Dozent Thesis University of Athens, 1989
Professor C.R.Soldatos graduated from the Athens University Medical School, where he had subsequently his specialty training in Neurology and Psychiatry. He also trained for one year in Clinical EEG at the University of Manitoba Medical School, Winnipeg, Canada.
For the last 49 years, he has served as faculty member in the Departments of Psychiatry of the University of Athens, Pennsylvania State University and New York Medical College.
During his academic carrier, he became Associate Director of the Sleep Research and Treatment Center at Pennsylvania State University, Director of the Sleep Research Unit and Sleep Disorders Center at Athens University, Chairman of the 2nd Department of Psychiatry (Attikon Hospital) as well as the 1st Department of Psychiatry (Eginition Hospital) at the University of Athens. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mental Health Care Unit at the Evgenidion Hospital of the University of Athens.
Since June 2013 Prof. Soldatos served as President of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) for a two year term. He is now serving as a member of the Executive Committee of WFSBP in his capacity as the Past President for a two year period (2015-2017).
Over the years he has been Chairman of the Committee for Mental Health of the Central Health Council of Greece and Member of many other Committees of national and international Organizations. He was President of the International Neuropsychiatric Association (2006-2008) and of seven other scientific societies based either in Greece or abroad. Until now, he is President of the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences as well as of the Hellenic Association of Biological Psychiatry, both of which he has founded.
In addition, he served as Co Chair of the Operational Committee on Scientific Sections of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and he has been member of five more major committees of WPA and another seven of the WFSBP, two of which he chairs. He has been actively involved in the organization of more than 350 national or international congresses, having being President in 20 of them.
Also, he has been the Guest Editor of 3 International Psychiatric Journals and he has published 40 scientific books (10 in English) and about 500 journal articles or book chapters. His ISI journal articles have received 9303 citations, while his h-index is 50, as per Google Scholar in July 2016. Most of his research work pertains to Sleep Pathology and Pharmacology, particularly to the study of insomnia and its relationship to psychopathology.
In recognition of his scientific contributions, Prof. Soldatos has received a number of distinctions from various scientific institutions; most notably, he is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Patras University, Honorary President of the Hellenic Sleep Research Society, which he founded in 1997, and Honorary Member of the World Psychiatric Association, the Polish Psychiatric Association, the Mexican Neuropsychiatric Association and the Argentinean Neuropsychiatric Association. He is, also, the recipient of certain career awards, such as the Owl of Wisdom Prize and the Athens Hypnology Award. Finally, as of July 2014, he was elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Professor Lakshmi Yatham, Canada
Brief Biographical Sketch - Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham
Lakshmi N. Yatham is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
He is also the Regional Head of Psychiatry and Regional Program Medical Director for Mental Health and Addictions at Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Healthcare. He has an executive MBA in health care from the Sauder School of Business. Dr. Yatham has held leadership positions for national and international professional organizations including being the President of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, and he is currently the Secretary for the World Federation of Societies for Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Yatham was featured in the recently published Thomson Reuter's report on “Most Influential Scientific Minds of our Time” as one of the two most highly cited researchers in psychiatry/psychology in Canada and one of the top 100 in the world.
Dr. Yatham's major areas of research interest include neurobiology and treatment of bipolar disorder and major depression. Dr. Yatham has received a number of awards during his career including the Distinguished Clinical Researcher Award from the University of British Columbia, Michael Smith Foundation Senior Scholar Award and NARSAD Young and Independent Investigator Awards for his research, the prestigious Mogen Schou Award for international education and advocacy on bipolar disorder from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Medal for his contributions to psychopharmacology and John M Cleghorn Award for excellence in research and leadership from the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Yatham's work has been funded by a number of peer-reviewed funding agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, Stanley Foundation, and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, USA. Dr. Yatham leads a Canadian consortium on bipolar disorder, which is pursuing testing of treatments for bipolar disorder using pragmatic and controlled trials with funding from CIHR. He was a chair of the Michael Smith Foundation Clinical Scholars Committee and has been a reviewer and a committee member of other peer reviewed funding agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Dr. Yatham has a google scholar h-index of 57, and he has published close to 250 papers in peer-reviewed international journals including several papers in high impact journals such as Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry and British Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Yatham is a sought out speaker and has presented his research work at numerous international conferences. He has edited journal supplements and top selling books on bipolar disorder. He co-led the development of Canadian guidelines for treatment of bipolar disorder in 1997 and his group revised the guidelines for 2005 with International Commentaries.
The CANMAT guidelines are widely used for treatment of bipolar disorder around the world as these are updated and published every 2 to 3 years in Bipolar Disorders Journal with the most recent update published in February 2013. These guidelines are highly cited with the 2009 version receiving close to 550 citations.
He is the Chair of the bipolar group of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT), and is actively involved at a national and international level in continuing medical education and public education on diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder for psychiatrists, family physicians, and the general public. He sits on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Bipolar Disorders, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders, Acta Neuropsychiatrica, Australia and NewZealand Journal of Psychiatry, Human Psychopharmacology etc.
Vice - Secretary (2013-2017)
Professor Ladislav Hosak, Czech Republic
Prof. Hosak is now serving as WFSBP Vice-Secretary
- M.D.: Masaryk University Medical School, Brno, 1986
- Specialty Boards in Psychiatry, 1993
- Ph.D. Thesis in Psychiatry Medical School, Hradec Kralove, 1998
- Associate Professor Thesis in Psychiatry Charles University in Prague, 2004
- Professor Thesis in Psychiatry Charles University in Prague, 2010
Professor L. Hosak graduated from the Medical School, Masaryk University in Brno. He subsequently had his specialty training in Psychiatry in the mental hospitals in Opava and Jihlava.
For the last 21 years, he has served as faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry of the Charles University in Prague, Medical School in Hradec Kralove.
During his academic carrier, he became Head Physician at the Ward B, Dpt. of Psychiatry, University Hospital in Hradec Kralove. Since 2013 so far, Prof. Hosak has been the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Charles University in Prague, Medical School in Hradec Kralove and University Hospital in Hradec Kralove.
In 2011, Prof. Hosak was the local organizer of the 10th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry in Prague. Since June 2013, Prof. Hosak is serving as Vice-Secretary of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) for a four year term ending 2017. Prof. Hosak has been the President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Czech Republic since 2007 so far.
In addition, he was the founding member of the Section of Mental Health Economics of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). He has been President of four national congresses on biological psychiatry.
Prof. Hosak has been the member of Editorial Boards of five international psychiatric journals with an IF. He also provides reviews for other 14 international psychiatric journals with an IF. Prof. Hosak published two scientific books and about 200 journal articles or book chapters. His Web of Science journal articles have received approximately 250 citations. Most of his research work pertains to biological psychiatry and pharmacoeconomics.
Prof. Hosak has been awarded "The Joint Prize of the Czech Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association" for his lecture “Pharmacoeconomics of inpatient antidepressive treatment” in 1996.
He was also awarded the Prize of the journal European Psychiatry for the article “Temperament and character inventory (TCI) personality profile in methamphetamine abusers: A controlled study” in 2005.
Professor Martin Hatzinger, Switzerland
Vice - Treasurer (2013-2017)
Dr. Victoria Valdez, Ecuador