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Nobel Prize Winner 2018 in Literature

Olga Tokarczuk

Opening Speech from the Nobel Prize Winner
Wroclaw, Poland
Olga Nawoja Tokarczuk was born in the winter of 1962 in Sulechów, Poland and raised in Klenica, in the Lubusz Voivodeship. She graduated from the Cyprian Kamil Norwid secondary school and continued her education at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw. Already as a student, she worked as a volunteer with people with suffering from mental illnesses. After graduation, she worked as a psychotherapist at a mental health clinic in Wałbrzych.

She published her first short story under the pen name Natasza Borodin in 1979, in a magazine called Na przełaj. In 1989, a volume of her poetry entitled Miasto w lustrach [City in Mirrors] was published in Okolice. Four years later, Olga Tokarczuk’s debut novel Podróż ludzi Księgi [The Journey of the People of the Book] was published by Przedświt and went on to win the Polish Association of Book Publishers award.

In the following years, she published subsequent novels: E.E., the story of an adolescent girl with psychic abilities, and Primeval and Other Times (1996, translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), which was warmly received by critics and nominated for Nike Literary Award. It won the Audience Award in the same competition. For this story about a mythical village and its residents, Olga Tokarczuk received also Polityka’s Passport and the Kościelski Award.

In 1997, she published a short story collection Szafa [The Wardrobe], and in 1998 the novel House of Day, House of Night (translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), very characteristic due to its ‘constellation’ structure, which forms also the axis of the novel Flights from 2007. The English translation of the latter, by Jennifer Croft, gained international recognition in the form of The Man Booker International Prize in 2018. Apart from the works mentioned above, Olga Tokarczuk published two short story collections: Gra na wielu bębenkach [Playing Many Drums] (2001) and Ostatnie historie [Final Stories] (2004), as well as the novel Anna In w grobowcach świata [Anna In in the Tombs of the World] (2006), published as part of the international publishing series Myths, and a crime novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (2009), which was later adapted for the movie Spoor directed by Agnieszka Holland. Other publications include Zgubiona dusza [The Lost Soul], created together with the eminent illustrator Joanna Concejo (2017), as well as Opowiadania bizarne [Bizarre Stories] (2018) and a collection of essays Czuły narrator [The Tender Narrator] (2020). In 2022, it was the premiere of Olga Tokarczuk's new book Empuzjon

Olga Tokarczuk won Nike Literary Award twice: in 2008 for Flights and in 2015 for the novel The Books of Jacob (translated into English by Jennifer Croft), and she received the Nike Audience Award five times: for Primeval and Other Times (1997), House of Day, House of Night (1999), Playing Many Drums (2002), Flights (2008) and The Books of Jacob (2015). The Nobel Prize winner is the recipient of the titles of a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University and the University of Wrocław in Poland, and also in Sofia and Hong Kong. 

Olga Tokarczuk received the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2010), the Golden Honorary Badge “Merit for the Lower Silesian Voivodship” (2018), the Honorary Badge of the Kłodzko Province (2019) and the Medal of the Polish Senate (2019). She is the Honorary Citizen of the City and District of Bardo (2005), Nowa Ruda (2009), Wrocław (2019), Warsaw (2020) and Cracow (2021).


Fiammetta Cosci

Alison Creed Award Winner, Assessment in psychosomatics: the contribution of clinimetrics, University of Florence, Italy

Fiammetta Cosci, MD, MSc, PhD. She is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florence, Guest Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Neuropsychology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, Editor in Chief of the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. She received the EPA Research Prize, the Global Research Award for Nicotine Dependence, the Y-Mind Center for prevention of mental disorders award, the Alison Creed Award. She published more than 120 papers in WOS international journals. She deposited the copyright of the The Diagnostic clinical Interview for Drug Withdrawal 1 - New Symptoms of SSRI and SNRI.

Gary Rodin

Psychological Interventions in Palliative Care: Evidence and Implementation, University of Toronto, Canada

Gary Rodin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) at the University of Toronto. He leads an internationally recognized clinical and research program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre focused on the development, evaluation and global implementation of novel psychotherapeutic interventions to improve the psychological well-being and quality of life of patients with cancer and their families. Dr. Rodin has been recognized for his global efforts to ensure universal access to psychosocial and palliative interventions and optimal end-of-life care and is currently co-leading a Lancet Oncology Commission on the Humanitarian Crisis of Cancer .

Jacek Szepietowski

Psychodermatology: an update, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland Immediate Past President of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP)

Rebecca Brendel

A Roadmap for the Future of Psychiatry: Perspectives from the US
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Rona Moss Morris

Mind-Body Dualisms and why it is time to retire the label medically unexplained symptoms, King's College London, UK

Christoph Herrmann Lingen

Effective psychocardiological treatments: expectations, evidence and enigmas, The University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

Jane Walker

The HOME trial of proactive C-L psychiatry in older medical patients: main findings, University of Oxford, UK

Albert F.G. Leentjens

Will the biopsychosocial model survive in the age of artificial intelligence and machine learning...?
Frits Huyse Award Winner, Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands

Albert Leentjens is professor of Neuropsychiatry at Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), Maastricht the Netherlands. He studied medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After a working period in England, he was trained as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He received his PhD degree at Maastricht University in 2002, on a thesis about depression in Parkinson’s disease. 

Since his specialist registration in 1996 he works as a psychiatrist at the MUMC. Until 2002 he was in charge of the CL psychiatric service, but later changed over to neuropsychiatry, where his main clinical and research focus is on the psychopathology of movement disorders and on psychiatric deep brain stimulation (DBS). Currently he leads the neuropsychiatry and old age psychiatry clinics and is in charge of the psychiatric DBS programme at the MUMC. He teaches on these subjects at Medical and Psychological faculties of Maastricht University and is trainer of old age psychiatry for psychiatric residents. He published more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 47 book chapters and (co-)edited 8 books in the field of CL psychiatry, integrated care, neuropsychiatry and DBS.  

From 2001 to 2009 he was the chair of the Section of consultation Psychiatry of the Netherlands’ Psychiatric Association. From 2005 to 2010 he was president of the ‘European Association of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics’ (EACLPP), and stayed on as board member until 2017, during and after the merger of the EACLPP with the European Conference on Psychosomatic Research (ECPR) to form the European Association for Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM). He was co-founder and vice-chair (2007 – 2009) of the Section of Consultation Psychiatry of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). After having been associate editor of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, the journal associated with the EAPM, for 6 years, he was editor in chief of the journal from 2011 to 2017, and is still attached to the editorial board as regular member. In 2022 he received the EAPM fellowship award.

Seryan Atasoy

Elsevier/EAPM Young Investigator Award winner, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Dr. Seryan Atasoy studied psychology at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and University of Southampton (England) from 2009 to 2014. She completed her PhD at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Medical Research – Epidemiology and Public Health in 2019 with ‘summa cum laude’. Her research focused on the effect of mental health risk factors on the onset of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in the general population. Since 2019, she has continued to conduct post-doctoral research in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at rechts der Isar Hospital, Technical University of Munich (lead by Prof. Dr. med. Peter Henningsen) and University of Gießen and Marburg (lead by Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Kruse). Her research focusses on the long-term effects of somatic symptoms and mental health risk factors on health and longevity. Dr. Atasoy also works as a psychologist at the rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich.


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