Professor Wolfgang Gaebel

Dr. med. Wolfgang Gaebel is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. He was Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and Head of the LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf (LVR-KD) from 8/1992 until 9/2016. From 2014 to 2016 he was also Founding Director of the LVR-Institute for Mental Healthcare Research (LVR-IVF). Since 2014 he is also Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Quality Management and Empowerment in Mental Health at the LVR-KD.


Prof. Gaebel was two times President of the German Society of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Nervous Diseases (DGPPN; 1995/6, 2007/8), President of the German Society of Biological Psychiatry (1999-2002), as well as Vice President of The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF) in Germany.   


He was President 2015/6 and is presently Past President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). He is Co-Chairing the Section on Schizophrenia, and is Chair of the EPA Publication Com­mittee and coordinator of the EPA Guidance Project. Since 2015 he is President of the European Scientific Association on Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders (ESAS). He is also chairing the German Alliance on Mental Health.


Professor Gaebel is also Chairman of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Sections on Schizophrenia and on Quality Assurance. He was the initiator, speaker and one of the principal investigators of the German Competence Network on Schizophrenia funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He was a member of the DSM-5 Working Group on Psychotic Disorders, member of the WHO Topic Advisory Group and Chair of the Working Group on Psychotic Disorders for ICD-11. He is a member of the WHO ICD-11 Field Study Coordination Group, the WHO FIC Medical Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) and the WHO International Advisory Group for Training and Implementation for ICD-11Mental, Behavioural and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.


His research focus includes clinical, pharmacological, and neurophysiological aspects of schizophrenia, quality management and treatment guidelines, stigma and discrimination, and the revision of classification towards DSM-5 and ICD-11. He has published more than 700 scientific articles and is author/editor of 50 books, monographs and supplements.



16.05.2019 CME Credits Update

The scientific programme is accredited with 14 WPA Education credits (14 CME).

Foreign participants will receive WPA Educational Credits Certificates via e-mail.


24.01.2019 The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended

Dear colleagues,
Hereby we are informing you that, in accordance with the decision of the Organizing
Committee of the international conference “Centenary of community based psychiatry:
Landmarks and Perspectives”, 
the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended until March 01, 2019 (inclusive).
The abstract submission section will be available in your personal account after
The conditions for abstract submission are also described in your personal account.


01.06.2018 Electronic pre-registration opened.

Call for papers

Scientific Committee invites you to contribute with an article on the organization of community-based mental care in your country. The collection of articles will be published as a book that aims to reflect current situation in community-based mental care in different countries over the globe (details on publication terms and conditions will be provided shortly). The language of publication is English.
If you would like to contribute with the article, please, contact [email protected] for further instructions. Please, provide information regarding your name, your country, professional position and affiliations in the covering letter.