Professor Patrick McGorry AO | Professor John Kane (USA)
Professor Ian Hickie AM | Eric Chen (Hong Kong)
Professor Timothy Carey | Sung Wan Kim (South Korea)
Professor Deborah Rickwood | Professor Masafumi Mizuno (Japan)
Professor Paul Amminger | Professor Kuan-Pin Su (Taiwan)
Professor Young Chul Chung (Korea) | Professor Max Birchwood (UK)
Professor Andrew Thompson (UK) | Professor Philippe Conus (Switzerland)
Ass Professor Anthony Joseph | Professor Akira Sawa (Japan)
Ass Professor Sally McCarthy | Professor Takahiro Nemoto (Japan)
-Dr Cherry Hui-Chih Chang (Taiwan) Dr Nao Katagiri (Japan)
Dr Antony Henderson | Dr Takashi Uchino (Japan)
Ms Lee Valentine | Rosie Forster | Ms Ashley Garrett (USA)
Ms Jill Davidson | Mindi Amberson (USA) | Ms Leah Simmons (USA)
Some words from about the conference (2017)
Professor Patrick McGorry AO
Many clinicians and researchers will recall with nostalgia the highly generative and enjoyable winter workshops in which were held in Switzerland for 20 years up until 2006. This unique forum began with a small but elite group, and blended cutting-edge research and the latest knowledge with the amazing mental health promoting effects of winter sports. The result has been knowledge translation, countless enduring collaborations and deep friendships, many of which continue to this day.
Many mourned the passing of this iconic meeting, and we hope to comfort the bereaved and also extend a big welcome to the next generation of clinicians and researchers with this exciting new announcement. The venue has been moved from Davos in Switzerland to the wonderful Rusutsu Resort on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. We hope to recreate the ambience and creative spirit that characterised the Swiss meeting, however we now want to offer this experience to a whole new generation of clinicians, researchers and from across the whole spectrum of mental health, and with the additional magnetic pull of some of possibly the best powder snow we have ever seen! We have a special focus on colleagues from the Pacific Rim, but anyone with a connection to mental health research or clinical care is welcome.
This magic blend of science, snow and sushi will revive the spirits and the creative powers of our field, and will catalyse much needed progress in the understanding and treatment of these complex illnesses. This is a meeting for the mind, body and soul and is definitely one you urgently need to attend!