GNG/INA International Representatives

Denis Pavăl


Denis Pavăl, MD is a Teaching Assistant of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is currently a PhD candidate, studying the psychiatric and neuroimmunological features of autoimmune encephalitis presenting as first-episode psychoses. Pavăl is one of the founders of the Romanian Association for Autoimmune Encephalitis which he presides.

John Joska

South Africa

John Joska is a professor of psychiatry. Head of the Division of Neuropsychiatry at Groote Schuur Hospital. Director of the HIV Mental Health Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

My area of interest is HIV and the brain from a neurologic and behavioural point of view. I am specifically interested in how HIV might cause or aggravate cognitive disorders, how these conditions might be measured, and how they might be mitigated. As populations with HIV age, this will be a particular issue. Our Group has also researched several behavioural interventions in the context of HIV care engagement and ART adherence. We have expertise in developing and adapting interventions for depression, sexual trauma, and substance abuse.

Michael Eriksen Benros


Professor Michael Eriksen Benros is an expert in Immuno-Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Precision Psychiatry. He is professor at Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Copenhagen, and head of Biological and Precision Psychiatry at Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital.

He has been at the forefront of the emerging field of Immuno-Psychiatry and has helped advancing the field through several landmark papers highlighting the association between immune-related factors and mental illness. Furthermore, he is heading the Precision Psychiatry Initiative and is a board member of the Psychiatric Immunology Section of the World Psychiatric Association, co-Pl on the DanFunD study, and has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Sapere Aude Research Leader award from the Independent Research Fond Denmark.

Silvia Bacciardi


Silvia Bacciardi is psychiatrist at “Versilia Hospital” in Lido di Camaiore, Italy and member of the Center for Cognitive Disorders and Dementia at the same hospital.

She graduated in Medical School at University of Pisa with honors in 2011 and specialized at the same University in Psychiatry in 2018. During her residency she spent a period as “Research fellow” in Canada, Vancouver at UBC (University of British Columbia) and a period at Rockefeller University dealing with Substance Use Disorders. Her field of interests are Adult Neuropsychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She spent her latest two years of residency attending the “Movement Disorders and Cognitive Impairment Unit” in the Neurology Division at Santa Chiara Hospital (Pisa).

Since 2017 she is a member of the Pisa-School of Clinical and Experimental Psychiatry, she collaborated in International clinical Trials and in the writing of more 50 scientific articles indexed on Scopus.

From 2021 she is contract professor in Addiction Master at Unicamillus University teaching Elderly’s psychopatology and use disorders.

Praveen Kumar


Dr Praveen Kumar is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Neuropsychiatrist who is working with Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata. He has completed 2 year post -doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry from Christian Medical College, Vellore. His areas of interests are Developmental psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Functional Neurological disorders in children and Medical co-morbidities in Child Psychiatry.

He runs early intervention services for young children with ASD and also actively involved in research on “Developmental regression in children with Autism”. He has presented papers at World ADHD Congress in Canada and ESCAP Congress at Vienna. He has received certificate training in Pediatric Bipolar Disorders and Pediatric Psychopharmacology.

Dr Praveen Kumar is also the head of the Department Neuropsychiatry at Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata. He has organized various CME’s on “Adolescent mental health”, “School mental health” and Webinars for Teachers. He is the member of Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, World Federation of ADHD and also the member of International Neuropsychiatry Association. He is awarded with “International Fellow” of American Psychiatry Association. He believes in providing evidence based interventions for children with Autism.

Omar Al-Doori

United Arab Emirates

As a final year psychiatry resident at the Dubai Health Authority and an alumnus of King’s College London with a Master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychiatry, I have dedicated my academic journey to understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders. My master’s thesis project, which investigated neuroradiological abnormalities in first-episode psychosis, culminated in a co- authored systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry. This research not only contributed to the academic discourse but also garnered significant attention from 157 different news outlets, highlighting the importance of this critical area of study.

In the role of International Representative, I am committed to fostering global collaboration among clinicians and academics dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of brain-behavior disorders, with a particular focus on representation in the Middle East region. I envision facilitating biannual international meetings held in various countries and collaborating closely with local psychiatric organizations to provide a platform for esteemed academics to deliver lectures on clinical and neuroscience aspects relevant to neuropsychiatry. Through these initiatives, my goal is to not only promote and disseminate advancements in neuropsychiatry but also to raise awareness of this discipline, especially in regions where it may be less recognized. My dedication to these objectives aligns seamlessly with the INA’s mission, and I am eager to contribute to expanding the reach of neuropsychiatric knowledge and expertise worldwide in this role.

Ireine SC Roosdy


Ireine Suantika Cornelia Roosdy,M.Kes.,Sp.KJ is a psychiatrist graduated from Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia, and took short term clinical and research training in Shimane University, Japan. Having more than 6 years of experience working at several general hospitals in Manado, Indonesia, and its surrounding regencies, mostly working on consultation liaison-psychiatry cases, including neuropsychiatry cases among others. Possessing great interest towards research and IT, especially for implementation in the area of CL-psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and telepsychiatry. Being also a teaching staff of Psychiatry Department in Sam Ratulangi University, she is also holding position as secretary of Indonesian Psychiatric Association Manado Branch, member of editorial team of Indonesian Journal of Psychiatry and Primum Hospitalia Journal of Kandou Central General Hospital, and also research fellow and an associate member of Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologie (CINP).

Jesús Ramírez-Bermúdez


Jesús Ramírez-Bermúdez is a medical specialist in psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, having graduated from the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INNN) of Mexico. Currently, he serves as a clinician and leads the program of neuropsychiatry and cognitive neurology at the same institution. Dr. Ramírez-Bermúdez holds a Doctorate in Sciences from the National University of Mexico. As a researcher, he focuses on the study of psychosis, catatonia, delirium, and autoimmune encephalitis, striving to integrate approaches from phenomenological psychopathology and cognitive neuropsychiatry. His contributions have garnered international recognition, in Australia (International Neuropsychiatric Association, 2006) and the United States (International Conference on Bipolar Disorders, 2011). Dr. Ramírez-Bermúdez has authored academic books dedicated to the clinical and scientific principles of neuropsychiatry, along with the clinical application of brain imaging. Actively involved in scientific outreach, literature, and cultural activities, he has published books that combine the elements of creative essay, scientific thought, and clinical narratives. He received the National Literary Essay Award by the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico.

Sheldon Benjamin


Sheldon Benjamin, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Director of Neuropsychiatry, and Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts T H Chan School of Medicine in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was Director of Psychiatry Residency Training for 25 years and Interim Chair of Psychiatry for nearly four years. He underwent residency training and is board certified in the US in the fields of both Psychiatry and Neurology as well as in the subspecialty of Behavioral Neurology/Neuropsychiatry. He is Past President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA) and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT), and currently serves as a Psychiatry Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and a member of the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee of the (American) Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

His clinical practice is in general neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology including psychiatric aspects of neurological disorders, neurologic aspects of psychiatric disorders, and primary neuropsychiatric disorders. His major academic interests are in increasing neurologic knowledge among psychiatrists, the history of neuropsychiatry, and in neuropsychiatry education, a focus of many of his publications. Dr. Benjamin is considered one of the major US proponents of combined or dual residency training in neurology and psychiatry.

Ezgi Ince Guliyev


Dr. Ezgi İNCE-GULİYEV, an adult psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, is affiliated with the Psychosis Research Program led by Prof. Dr. Alp ÜÇOK. She has an MSc degree in affective neurosciences and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Maastricht University. Her areas of clinical and research interest include early psychosis, negative symptoms of schizophrenia, cognition, and gene-environment relationships in the development of schizophrenia. She received the Schizophrenia International Research Society Early Career Award in 2022.

Karishma Lowton

South Africa

I am currently involved in generating, enhancing and training neuropsychiatry subspecialists at the University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa. I am invested in driving the training program, having generated one for myself in the infancy of the program and generating professionals of this growing speciality in the postgraduate sector. I have experience in the private and government sector, and together with my colleagues have contributed to workshop generation targeting remote areas without access to neuropsychiatry care and teaching. We are currently rekindling a sub group committee in the South African Society of Psychiatrists aiming to generate enough interest and capacity to build the forum and eventually host an African Neuropsychiatry Congress in future. Furthermore, I am often in contact with neuropsychiatrists country wide through various media platforms making communication and transmission of informatin seemless. I look forward to hearing from you on this interesting venture as being a possible ambassador and INA representative for South Africa.

Ludger Tebartz van Els


I studied medicine and philosophy at the Universities of Freiburg/Germany, Manchester/UK, NYU Medical Center, NY/USA and Zürich/Switzerland. I then started my training in neurology in Freiburg, did a clinical post-doc in neuropsychiatry at the Neuropsychiatry Department of the Institute of Neurology/Queen Square London (with Prof. Michael Trimble) and returned to Freiburg to do my psychiatry training. I am Professor for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and head of the section for experimental neuropsychiatry and deputy director of the clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy in Freiburg. My focus of medical clinical and basic research is autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and for about 20 years now the neuropsychiatry mainly of psychotic but also all other primary psychiatric disorders. My strong belief is that the future not only for neuropsychiatry but also for psychiatry in general lies in more case-based research. This should progress from individual deep phenotyping together with a thorough clinical assessment including EEG, MRI, CSF, PET and lab studies in severe debilitating psychiatric disorder to cumulative case descriptions and eventually to an approach of reverse phenotyping defining nosologic categories on these new grounds.

Sandra Fernandes

South Africa

Dr Sandra Fernandes is the Clinical Head of Neuropsychiatry at the Tara, H Moross Centre, Tertiary Psychiatric Hospital, and the Divisional Head of Neuropsychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Areas of interest are COVID-19 and its neuropsychiatric presentations, Huntington’s Disease and Adult/Child neuropsychiatry. I’m passionate about humanitarian causes and how it impacts patients and clinicians and how we can promote ethics in our work. I am currently doing a Masters in Bioethics and Health Law.

Margo Lauterbach


Margo Lauterbach, MD is the Director of the Concussion Clinic at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She did her residency and neuropsychiatry fellowship training at the University of Massachusetts, and is board certified in the US in the fields of both Psychiatry and the subspecialty of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. She is currently the Treasurer of the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA), and she serves on the Neuropsychiatry Committee of GAP, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.

Her clinical practice is in traumatic brain injury and general neuropsychiatry. Her contribution to research is currently focused on psychedelics in the treatment of a variety of mental health disorders. Her major academic interests are in traumatic brain injury, neuropsychiatry education, rare diseases, and the therapeutic effect of psychedelics.