Dear Colleagues,

friends and fellow psychiatrists

On behalf of the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) I would like to invite you to attend the 3rd Masterclass in Psychopharmacology, that will be taking place in Dubai from the 16th till the 18th of January 2020.

Our three-day programme gathered internationally renowned experts in the field of psychiatry. After the masterclass our delegates will have the knowledge of the latest research and treatment advances across many mental health conditions. It offers an in-depth information that is important for all mental health and primary care professionals. The 8 British international speakers are ones of the top expert in their field and considered pioneers in the UK and the world. The areas covered are anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, psychotic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, addictions and for the first-time child and adolescent psychiatry. Furthermore, we will be covering 2 new areas that were never been discussed. Non pharmacological treatment such as rTMS and ECT ) as well as social prescribing.

This course was also a great opportunity to meet and network with between ourselves and colleagues, both regional and international while expanding existing connections or creating new ones, and finding opportunities for future collaboration in common areas of interest.

On behalf of the ACPN board, I want to thank you in advance for taking part of the masterclass, which we hope will be scientifically and socially rewarding, memorable and enjoyable experience.

See you this January in Dubai.



Dr. Samer Makhoul
MD. FRCPsych. CCT (UK)


Dr. Samer Makhoul
Masterclass Chairman
Consultant Psychiatrist
American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology
Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM

    Lundbeck Symposium

    Chairperson : Dr.Adel karrani

    Title: A Fresh Perspective on Functional Challenges In Patients With MDD
    Speaker: Prof R. Hamish McAllister-Williams, PhD, MD, FRCPsych Newcastle University Regional Affective Disorders Service; Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust 
  • 08:30 – 09:40 AM

    “Reconceptualizing TRD as ‘difficult to treat depression’ (DTI)-Purely a semantic nicety or clinical relevance”

    Prof. Hamish McAllister Williams
  • 09:40 – 10:10 AM

    Coffee Break

  • 10:10 – 11:20 AM

    “OCD; Does it matter and what can we do about it?”

    Dr. Lynne Drummond
  • 11:20 – 12:10 PM

    Symposium 1

  • 12:10 – 13:50 PM

    Friday Prayer and Lunch

  • 13:50 – 14:20 PM

    Opening ceremony

  • 14:20 – 15:20 PM

    Keynote Speaker Prof Wendy Burn

    “Social prescribing”
  • 15:20 – 15:45 PM

    Coffee Break

  • 15:45 – 17:00 PM

    “The pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia”

    Prof. Thomas Barnes
  • 17:00 PM – 17:45 PM

    Lundbeck Symposium

    Title: Avoiding Re-hospitalisation: A place for LAIs

    Speaker: Prof Emmanuel Stip, Prof. of Psychiatry at the UAE Speaker: Dr Nasser El Hindy, Consultant Psychiatrist, ACPN
  • 08:30 – 09:40 AM

    “Update on ECT and rTMS”

    Prof. Nicol Ferrier
  • 09:40 – 10:10 AM

    Coffee Break

  • 10:10 – 11:20 AM

    “Advances in understanding of the aetiology and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder”

    Prof. David Baldwin
  • 11:20 – 12:00 PM

    Symposium 2 (Dr. M Suwaidan) Newbridge

  • 12:00 – 12:45 PM


  • 12:45 – 14:00 PM

    “Managing substance use disorder co-morbidity in mental illness”

    Prof. Julie Sinclair
  • 14:00 - 14:40 PM

    Symposium 3

  • 14:40 - 15:50 PM

    “Management of Pediatric (under 18 years) Bipolar Disorder”

    Dr. Aditya Sharma
  • 15:50 - 16:00 PM

    Final remarks, closing and certificate collection.



The Masterclass in Psychopharmacology was organized by American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) for the first time in January 2018 in UAE to bring the latest updates in the field of Mental Health treatment focusing on the latest updates in psychopharmacology. It was delivered mainly to psychiatrists and practitioners with special interest in mental health in the UAE and the GCC.

The 1st Masterclass in Psychopharmacology was organized in lines with the BAP (British Association of Psychopharmacology) guidelines.The meeting began with a review of the basic pharmacology of the relevant drugs before dealing in detail with their clinical use. This included discussions around relevant BAP and NICE guidelines.

The second Masterclass in psychopharmacology is meant to compliment the first one and to cover the areas that were not covered in the first masterclass. This will include anxiety disorders, treatment in the perinatal periods and special precautions, sleep disorders, bipolar disorders focusing on the mixed affective part and the use of lithium will be emphasized. A comprehensive review of psychotic disorders in psychiatric patients



Men SpeakerWelcome to the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN), where credibility and quality merge into one.ACPN is a premier medical facility focusing on providing you with the highest quality primary and specialized medical care and health education services.Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2008, we have since expanded our facilities to Dubai and Al Ain, escalating to provide services to over 30,000 patients throughout the years – a number which we aim to keep growing.

At ACPN, our line or services revolves around two major areas:

Medical Services – Neurological, Psychiatric and Psychological treatment.
Training and Development – Facilitating training and professional development programs ranging from Medical Seminars and Conferences to Corporate Courses and Workshops.

The focal point of our core competencies is our most valuable asset – our valued patients.

At ACPN, we recognize that the underlying key in achieving clientele satisfaction and loyalty is our strongest tool – our employees. Being the driving force behind the provision of any type of high quality services, the talents and abilities of our work force are highly regarded.

Therefore, our recruitment policy follows a set of rigorous procedures and we house a team of highly qualified specialists trained in the US and Europe with occasional visiting doctors. Furthermore, all clinical staff employed and subcontracted by ACPN are fully registered and licensed in the UAE by the relevant Health Authorities (HAAD, MOH, or DHA).











Psychiatrists and Family Medicine doctors with interest in Mental Health
  • Identify rational, evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for patients with unipolar, bipolar, treatment-resistant, and post-partum depression.
  • Assess obstacles to maintenance of long-term recovery and the liability issues associated with psychopharmacology.
  • Discuss diagnostic and evidenced-based treatment strategies for pediatric onset mood disorders.
  • Compare the neurobiology and evidence-based treatment approaches to addiction, anxiety, schizophrenia, and mood disorders.
  • Review the course and treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy.
  • Recognize psychosocial issues and evidence-based treatment modalities for eating and sleep disorders.
  • Analyze drug interactions and the pharmacotherapy of adult ADHD and geriatric disorders.

We are delighted to announce the ACPN 2nd Masterclass is accredited by three (3) authorising bodies below  

European Accreditation:
Number: LEE18-01624
Hours/Points: 11

Department of Health (DOH):
Number: ACFPaNL/S/345369/2018
Hours/Points: 11.5

Dubai Health Authority:
Number: 0198/19
Hours/Points: 9.5


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