7th Annual ARPH Conference

Professor Jenny Slatman - 09:45, Thursday January 25th 

Jenny Slatman is Professor Medical Humanities in the department of Culture Studies at Tilburg University. Slatman has a background in physiotherapy and philosophical anthropology. She has published widely on issues of embodiment in art, expression and contemporary medical practices. Her publications include a book-length philosophical study on the meaning of expression in the work of the French philosopher Merleau-Ponty: L’expression au-delà de la représentation. Sur l’aisthêsis et l’esthétique chez Merleau-Ponty (Paris, 2003), and the monograph Our Strange Body: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Medical Interventions (Amsterdam-Chicago, 2014). In 2010, Slatman was awarded a NWO-Vidi grant for her research project on Bodily Integrity in Blemished Bodies. In this project, Slatman and her team explored the meaning of bodily identity and bodily integrity in disfiguring head, neck and breast cancer. In 2017 Slatman was awarded a NWO-Vici grant for her research project Mind the Body: Rethinking embodiment in healthcare. This project will focus on the meaning of embodiment in health practices pertaining to MUPS (medically unexplained physical symptoms), obesity, and depression, while exploring how health professionals, patients and the wide audience talk about and deal with body-mind issues www.jennyslatman.nl; www.mindthebody.eu 

The keynote abstract will be published later.

Professor Wolfgang Linden - 17:00, Thursday January 25th 

Professor Wolfgang  Linden is an expert in psychological factors in mental health and rehabilitation. He is Full Professor in of Clinical and Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Professor Linden is a true scientist-practitioner who has conducted clinical and experimental research on mechanisms of disease in the areas of health behaviors, treatment of hypertension, cardiac rehabilitation, and cancer care. He is well recognized for his scholarly systematic reviews and meta analyses as well as innovative clinical trials.

The keynote abstract will be published later.

Professor Christine Heim - 16:00, Friday January 26th 

Professor Christine Heim is the Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité. She is also a Member of the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure at Charité in Berlin as well as Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms that underlie the link between childhood trauma and increased risk for developing a range of psychiatric and medical disorders across the lifespan. With this research, she hopes to derive novel pathophysiology-driven targets for the prevention and intervention of disorders related to early-life stress. She is the recipient of multiple federal grants and foundation grants, and she serves on national and international scientific review committees regarding research on consequences of childhood trauma.

The keynote abstract will be published later.