EAPM2019, 19-22 June 2019, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Integrating psychosomatic care across medical settings and specialties

Psychosomatic medicine is THE multi-disciplinary arena where different medical specialties explore the interrelationship between bodily processes and social, psychological and psychiatric factors. Clinical courses of mental processes affecting medical outcomes and, vice versa, somatic processes influencing mental well-being constitute our main field of interest. Diverse clinical disciplines, ranging from medical psychology to psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, surgery, including various somatic subspecialties, are involved in the effort to understand the physiological pathways in psychosomatic conditions and, at least in an ideal world, to advocate multi-disciplinary management.

However, integration of care (i.e., bringing together diverse specialty skills and expertise in complex cases of multi-morbidity simultaneously) still remains a difficult process in psychosomatics. Whereas the aspiration to integrate medical and mental health care is widespread, integrated care services are yet hard to find. In order to avoid unintended
negative outcomes due to under-detection of psychosomatic complexity or treatment refractoriness in fragmented mono-disciplinary trajectories, integration of care is deemed necessary at the hospital level between medical specialties and between the medical hospital and primary care.

The 2019 EAPM annual conference will provide lectures, symposia, workshops and master classes starting from different medical specialty perspectives on the pathophysiology and treatment of psychosomatic syndromes. In order to inform the field on current etiologic concepts another focus is on symptom formation and what constitutes to psychosomatic complexity. Furthermore, clinical efforts will be presented on when and where integrated
care could be delivered to foster a multi-disciplinary network approach, which may connect medical specialties across healthcare settings.

We hope to see you next year in Rotterdam!

On behalf of the conference committees,

Carsten Leue, EAPM-Conference President 2019

Department of Hospital Psychiatry and Medical Psychology,
Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands


Call for Late Breaking Posters
The Scientific committee of EAPM 2019 cordially invites you to submit papers for the Late Breaking Results Poster Session in which researchers have an opportunity to present recent results.
Submit your Posters here: submission module
Deadline: April, 15th


EAPM Young Researchers Science Slam

The EAPM Special Interest Group "Young Researchers" aims to connect young European scientists in the field of psychosomatic medicine, foster academic exchange, increase visibility of innovative research performed by young researchers, and to be a voice of the emerging young scientists. Young researchers (students, residents, PhD students and Post Docs) are highly welcome to join the SIG by signing up for our mailing list (EAPM.youngresearchers@uke.de), or writing Isabel Winter of the EAPM administrative office (contact@eapm.eu.com).

 Our SIG activities at the EAPM conference 2019 in Rotterdam:

For the upcoming EAPM meeting in Rotterdam we have planned a Science Slam, a Mentoring Session and an informal Get Together on Thursday evening. In addition, a Special Interest Group meeting for all young investigators who are interested in becoming involved will take place. During the meeting all young investigators will have the chance to propose new ideas for future activities. We look forward meeting you and are available for any questions and suggestions. On behalf of the group: Miriam Depping (m.depping@uke.de), Meike Shedden Mora (m.shedden-mora@uke.de) and Angelika Weigel (a.weigel@uke.de) (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany).

For further information about contributions to the Science Slam click here.


General psychological and physiological pathways to psychosomatic syndromes

Specific pathways along the body-brain axis

Stress and immune function in psychosomatic syndromes

Resilience and coping in psychosomatic conditions

Contextual influences in functional somatic syndromes

Attachment and emotion regulation in functional somatic conditions

Epigenetics in psychosomatic syndromes

Physical health in mental disorders

Psychological treatment of the medically ill


Psychosomatic approaches in digestive diseases

Caregivers communication skills in psychosomatic medicine

Personalized care in psychosomatic medicine

(Cost-) effectiveness of integrated care in psychosomatic medicine

Consultation-liaison psychiatry

Psychosomatic treatment in primary care


October 1st 2018 - Opening symposium submission

November 1st 2018 - Opening registration & abstract submission (poster & oral)

January 28th 2019 - Symposium submission deadline

January 28th 2019 - Abstract submission deadline

April 15th 2019 - Late breaking Posters deadline

April 30th 2019 - Early bird registration deadline



Carsten Leue, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht – Congress president
Albert Leentjens, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht
Joost Mertens, Tergooi Hospital Hilversum / Antonius Hospital Sneek / De Velse Mental Health Care Velserbroek
Leonieke Kranenburg,
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
Barbara Portier,
OLVG, Amsterdam
Maarten van Schijndel,
Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem / Erasmus MC Rotterdam