49th Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA) 2018 focus on mental health is in line with the proper recognition of the challenges of a complex humanitarian emergency that has evolved to become one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. In addition, and since we are living in a conflict zone with an enormous array of mental health concerns, it has become a pressing need to raise awareness on mental health issues and enforce mental well-being strategies that would scale up responses to improve the mental health and psychosocial well-being of the population. Insight into mental health also requires the incorporation of neuroscience into both the mechanisms and mitigating factors for mental disorders, as well as where and how to focus research and treatment.
Professor Baldacchino will present current neurocognitive research insights into the consequences of chronic opioid use and also, in another session, present clinical guidelines following 15 years experience on one of the first Pain and Dependency Clinic in the UK. [link]