The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, ISSPD, stimulates and supports scholarship, clinical experience, international collaboration and communication of research on all aspects of personality disorders including both diagnosis, course as well as treatment and is going to host the XV th International Congress of the ISSPD in 2017.

Welcome note from the President of the ISSPD

I am pleased to invite you to the XVth International Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD), which will be held in Heidelberg, Germany. The congress theme “Personality disorders, functioning and health” will address particularly exciting developments in our field, whether they refer to research or clinical practice.

The conference program will cover a wide range of topics, meaning that everyone will find symposia and lectures to suit their interests and which they will enjoy. The world’s best researchers and clinicians will come to Heidelberg to report their latest findings and to tell you about the progress which has been achieved regarding treatment issues over the last years. The program will also be attractive for young researchers, as we plan to conduct Young Investigator Symposia and Guided Poster Sessions for the first time.

The international congresses of the ISSPD bring together scientists and clinicians from psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines in order to pool all international activities for the good of continued successful research in the field of personality disorders, and to teach clinicians about efficacious treatments for patients suffering from personality disorders. The congresses are well known for their high scientific quality, their clinical relevance and their warm atmosphere.

I will be delighted to welcome you to Heidelberg, a beautiful romantic university town in Germany near Frankfurt, where the famous castle ruins rise majestically over the roofs of the old town located at the Neckar River. Your days spent in Heidelberg should therefore bring you some enjoyable leisure time in addition to a gain in knowledge.

Prof. Dr. med. Sabine C. Herpertz
Congress President