A Long Shadow over the Soul

Molecular and Quantum Approaches to Psychopathology
An Interdisciplinary Dialog with Psychiatrists

Opening Proceedings

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 2 pm
Official Welcome

Introduction to the Meeting
Raimondo Venanzini and Massimo Cocchi

Chairperson
Emma Rabino Massa
President of the Italian Society of Experimental Biology

2.30 pm
Fabio Gabrielli
Professor of Philosophical Anthropology, L.U.de.S, University, Lugano, Switzerland
Philosophy and Psychiatry
“The violated body in the era of the invisible man”

3 pm
Michele Aramini
Professor of Moral Theology
Catholic University, Milan, Italy

Theology and Psychiatry

3.30 pm
Stuart Hameroff
Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology
Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson

“Quantum computation in microtubules”

4 pm
Giuseppe Vitiello
Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Salerno
“The dissipative quantum model of brain”

4.30 pm
Elio Conte
Professor of Psychophysiology, University of Bari
“Quantum mechanics in the analysis of human
perceptual and cognitive functions”

5 pm
Prof. Paola Zizzi
Professor of Bio Mathematical Sciences
Instituite "Paolo Sotgiu" for Quantitative and Quantum Psichiatry and Cardiology

“Incoherent quantum metalanguage and Schizophrenia”

5.30 pm
Kary B. Mullis
Nobel Laureate
“Tunnel Vision”

Round Table

Friday, March 30, 2012, 9 am

Chairpersons
Paolo Castrogiovanni
“What’s right and what’s wrong in psychiatry?”

Lecture
Giovanni Broggi
Professor of Neurosurgery
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico C. Besta

“Neuromodulation in psychiatric disorders”

9.30-11.30 am
Lectures and Discussion

Don Giorgio Giovanelli (Delegato per il Centro di Bioetica di Fano), Fabio Gabrielli (L.U.DE.S. University), Vincenzo Guarracino (Letterato), Ines Caneponi (Dirigente Ufficio Sanitario della Questura di Milano), Alfredo De Filippo (L.U.DE.S. University), Angelo Manenti (L.U.DE.S. University), Andrea Peracino (Vice President and Member of Scientific Committee, Giovanni Lorenzini Medical Science Foundation, Milan­I, Houston­TX)

11.30 am – 13 pm
Special Lectures

Cesario Bellantuono
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ancona
“Lights and shadows in psychiatric therapy”

Avi Peled
Chair of Dept SM, Mental Health Center 
Lecturer 'Technion' Israel Institute of Technology

"Clinical brain profiling, a future diagnostic system for psychiatry"

2.30-3.50 pm

The Biomolecular Approach to Psychiatry

Chairperson
Antonio Federici
Professor of Human Physiology
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology
University of Bari

Giuseppe Caramia
Professore Emerito di Pediatria Ospedale Salesi, Ancona

Mark Rasenick
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program
Department of Physiology & Biophysics, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, USA

“’Quantitative psychiatry’: a future in psychiatry”

1Massimo Cocchi & 2Lucio Tonello
1Professor of Nutrition Biochemistry
Institute "Paolo Sotgiu" For Quantitative and Quantum Psychiatry and Cardiology
2Professor of Bio-Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Human Sciences
L.U.de.S. University, Lugano, Switzerland

“How mathematics can inform the diagnosis of mood disorders”

Alessandra Bordoni Professor of Biochemistry & Human Nutrition
Department of Food Sciences
Faculty of Agricolture, University of Bologna

“Brain Food”

Johanna Assies
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Center
Meibergdreef 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

"Fatty acids and mood disorders"

16-17.15 pm

Molecular Changes in Mood Disorders
Results of the Marche Region Special Project

Project Coordinator: Prof. Franco Canestrari
Scientific Project Leader: Prof. Massimo Cocchi

Clinical Aspects
Dott. Raimondo Venanzini, Dott.ssa Raffaella Silvestri
Blood Chemistry Analysis
Dott. Massimo Valentini
Markers of Oxidative Stress
Dott. Serena Benedetti, Dott. Maria Chiara Tagliamonte
Platelet Membrane Markers
Prof. Anna Rita Mastrogiacomo, Dott. Valerio Marconi,
Dott. Sabina Bucciarelli, Prof. Mark Rasenick
Gene Expression
Prof. Maria Stella Colomba, Prof. Armando Gregorini

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9-12 am; 2-4 pm

Quantum Paradigms of Psychopathology (QPP Symposium)

Massimo Pregnolato
Chairperson, QPP Group
Mansoor Malik
Corresonding Secretary, QPP Group

Keynote Address
Gordon Globus
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Philosophy, University of California at Irvine, USA
“Mal-attunement in schizophrenia”

Ursula Werneke
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Umeå University and Sunderby Hospital, Luleå, Sweden
“Psychiatry and reality–perception of matter or matter of perception?”

Donald Mender
Lecturer in Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University, USA
“Modes of dissipation: the green episteme and its not-so-green psychopathologies”

Special Lecture
Efstratios Manousakis
Professor of Physics, Florida State University
“Describing the psycho-physical dynamics of perception using quantum formalism”

Mansoor Malik
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Howard University, USA
“Paradigm shifts in mental illness”

Paavo Pylkkanen
Associate professor in philosophy at Skövde University College
Quantum mind, rainforest realism and the implicate order

Gustav Bernroider
Associate Professor of Neurobiology, University of Salzburg, Austria
“Neural correlates of higher level brain functions”

Jack Tuszynski
Professor and Allard Research Chair, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Canada
“Is there a rationale for designing new psychiatric drugs?”

Massimo Pregnolato
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Pavia
“The role of microtubules in psychopathology”

Concluding remarks: Eliano Pessa and Paola Zizzi