Robert Sommer Award Symposium 2008

    Kasper Reff, Bob Oranje, & Mette Nielsen from Copenhagen in front of the Centre for Psychiatry, Giessen. This year's symposium was attended by a prominent group of invited speakers and a small lucky band of other schizophrenia researchers

This year's award winner was Shitij Kapur, and hence the topic of the symposium was the neurobiology of salience - and the modern dopamine theory of schizophrenia

  Welcome & award Poster sessions Concert & dinner Portraits


award ceremony


Shitij Kapur,



Laureate's lecture:
How antipsychotics work - from receptors to response














Morning session    

Lars Farde



High resolution PET-imaging of dopaminergic biomarkers in relation to cognitive functioning














Birte Glenthøj



Psychophysiological and cognitive disturbances in antipsychotic-naïve first-episode schizophrenia patients: Relation to dopamine activity











Robin Murray



Risk factors for psychosis: All roads lead to dopamine




During lunch break: Poster sessions    

About 50 posters in 4 sessions


1)  Neurotransmitters & genetics

2)  Social cognition

3)  Attention, gating, & working memory

4)  Clinical aspects & reward



Afternoon session 1    

Tim Crow



Dopamine as incentive: Origin of the concept and its role in language and psychosis











Henrik Walter



Investigating the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia with fMRI










Torgny Svensson, Stockholm (via telephone): Modes of action of atypical antipsychotic drugs    

Among the nice features of the Robert Sommer Award Symposia are the informality and the liveliness and quality of the discussions


Shitij Kapur















Afternoon session 2    
Uta Frith London & Århus, Denmark        Chris Frith

Salience of social stimuli in autism spectrum disorders











Gebhard Sammer,    Giessen     Neuroimaging of salience








Veena Kumari



Neural correlates and predictors of response to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in schizophrenia








Evening session    

Peter Kirsch



Dopaminergic modulation of reward processing - relations to schizophrenia













Graham Murray



Learning and motivation in psychosis











End of scientific programme of the first day. But do follow this link to the concert and dinner party at Kloster Arnsburg

Saturday morning - Arnsburg Kloster.    

The symposium continued in the Paradise Chapel with a morning session, three lectures, presentation of poster awards and - after lunch - a discussion of the future of schizophrenia research








Morning session    

Marcella Rietschel 



 Common and rare variants in schizophrenia & bipolar disorder


Tilo Kircher



Effects of schizophrenia risk genes on brain and behaviour












Peter Liddle



The role of oscillations in recruiting the brain for mental processing in schizophrenia













Lectures 1, 2 and 3    

Paul Fletcher



Can associative learning models help us understand the neurobiology of delusional beliefs?












Nancy Andreasen



Progressive neural change in schizophrenia: Does dopamine blockade play a role?












Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg



Neural mechanisms of genetic risk for schizophrenia linked to dopamine signal transmission








Final discussion: The future of schizophrenia research    
Adjournment after 2 days of hard and exciting mental work - and time for physical exercise    

 Mette Ødegaard Nielsen & Bjørn Ebdrup, Copenhagen

Veena Kumari, Uta & Chris Frith, London    


Photography and layout: Anders Gade, Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University