Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminars

At the 17th IACAPAP Congress in Melbourne held in 2006, the IACAPAP Executive Committee decided to arrange research seminars, entitled the Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminars, in the geographical area of the upcoming IACAPAP Congress. The purpose of the seminars is to inspire young colleagues from IACAPAP and allied disciplines to engage in research. The aims are to provide: basic knowledge in key aspects of research design in child and adolescent psychiatry, skills in presenting research to colleagues, skills in commenting on the research of others, and the ability to carry out personal research projects under the specific circumstances of one’s department.

Seminars are organized into themes. Each seminar participant is asked to bring to the seminar a research plan or an ongoing project in the form of a PowerPoint presentation to present in group discussion under the supervision of 1 or 2 mentors.

The mentors are very experienced IACAPAP clinicians and scientists. They present papers in the morning and become the mentors in the afternoon, when the project proposals of the participants are discussed.

Date Seminar Location
June 1998 European Research Seminar for Young Scientists Heidelberg, Germany
September 2001 Second European Research Seminar for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Camposampiero, Padua, Italy
September 2002 Third European Research Seminar for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Camposampiero, Padua, Italy
March 2004 Fourth European Research Seminar for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Camposampiero, Padua, Italy
April 2005 Fifth European Research Seminar for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Camposampiero, Padua, Italy
May 2006 Sixth European Research Seminar for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Bocca di Magra, La Spezia, Italy
May 2007 Seventh European Research Seminar Cancelled
June 2007 1st  South-American Research Seminar in CAP Porto Allegre, Brazil
December 2007 1st IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Istanbul
February 2010 2nd IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Beijing
January 2012 3rd IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Paris, France
December 2013 4th IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Stellenbosch, South Africa
September 2015 5th IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Calgary, Canada
September 2017 6th IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Prague, Czech Republic


Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and the father of 5 grown up children. He is currently the Chairman Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health since 2011. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore.

Dr Fung is currently the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. He was awarded the National Day (Public Service Administration (Bronze)) Award in 2017 and the National Medical Excellence Award (Team) in 2018 for his work on community and school based mental health.

Dr Fung is interested in the treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and he has advocated for the development of child mental health services and strategies through his research

Dr Fung’s research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other agencies. He has co-authored over 160 peer reviewed research papers (118), books (32) and book chapters(18).


Dr. Christina Schwenck is professor for Special Needs Educational and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. She is a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist (specification behavior therapy) and a trained supervisor. Her research interests comprise selective mutism, conduct disorder, and children of parents with mental illness. She has published 56 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters on childhood mental health. She is editor of three book series on child and adolescent psychotherapy, psychology in school and psychotherapeutic children´s books. In her free time, she follows her passion for photography around the globe.

Dr. Schwenck is currently the Secretary General of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). Her vision is to strengthen training and promotion of child and adolescent mental health professionals, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, including long-term mentorships for early career scientists and clinicians in this important field. Furthermore, she aims at alluring allied professions for IACAPAP to enhance active collaboration between professions in order to provide optimal supply for children and adolescents with mental health problems.