PL: Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii
Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii, or the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology (IPIN), is a research center specializing in the development of new methods of treatment and rehabilitation of mental and neurological disorders. It has modern diagnostic and clinical facilities, enabling the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases. Assists in the hospital, as well as through consultation on an outpatient basis. Re-organisation of the Institute structure was started in 1972 and new clinical and research departments and laboratories were added to the existing ones. Extensive epidemiological, clinical and basic research programmes were launched on genetics, pathogenesis and treatment of schizophrenia, affective disorders, alcohol and drug abuse; psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and neurochemistry. New diagnostic and research techniques, including computerised tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), were introduced in the last decade. Simultaneously, the Institute acted as a psychiatric and neurological hospital developing new methods of diagnosis and treatment, as well as a postgraduate training centre for psychiatrists, neurologists and clinical psychologists. The multidirectional scientific activities of the Institute have met with international recognition. The Institute collaborates with over 20 scientific centres abroad. In 1992 the Institute was appointed by the World Health Organisation as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health. Current tasks of the Institute include:
- treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders, as well as of alcohol and drug dependence;
- development of a national mental health policy and programme;
- collection and dissemination of epidemiological data on mental and neurological disorders;
- research in the area of:
- diagnosis and classification of mental disorders;
- health-related psychosocial factors;
- evaluation of the services for the mentally ill;
- biological aspects of mental disorders;
- biological and psychopharmacological aspects of alcohol and drug dependence;
- diagnosis and classification of vascular and degenerative disorders of the CNS,
- pathogenesis of vascular and degenerative disorders.
- postgraduate training in psychiatry, neurology, neurophysiology, psychotherapy/family therapy and clinical psychology.
The aims of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology are to improve health care in the field of psychiatry and neurology and to conduct research in these fields. Different disciplines are represented by 25 departments including, among others, four departments of psychiatry, two departments of neurology, the department for neurotic disorders and psychotherapy, the department of child and adolescence psychiatry and department of forensic psychiatry. Basic research, frequently in co-operation with clinical units, is conducted by several departments and laboratories such as department of biochemistry, department of pharmacology and physiology, department of genetics and department of clinical neurophysiology.
The Institute has made a significant contribution to the programme of psychiatric and neurological services. Many regulations and legislative acts were prepared with a contribution from the Institute, including the Act of 1982 on Upbringing in Sobriety and Counteracting Alcoholism, the Law of 1985 on Preventing Drug Dependence, and the Mental Health Act, which was passed by the Parliament in 1994. As a consequence of the Mental Health Act, a Mental Health Programme for Poland was drafted by the Institute in collaboration with the WHO and then accepted by the Ministry of Health at the beginning of 1995. The Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology is responsible for the implementation of the programme and it’s revision. The most recent revision has been submitted to Ministry of Health and will be reviewed and, hopefully, accepted by the Cabinet.
The Institute publishes three journals: Advances in Psychiatry and Neurology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; and Pharmacotherapy in Psychiatry and Neurology). The Statistical Yearbook is also published every year, containing statistical data on activities of all Polish psychiatric facilities.
IPIN’s role in the project will be to sit on the Dissemination Steering Group (WP2) and the Prevention Science Education and Training Mapping Steering Group (WP3), supporting the WPL implement the work package. In addition, in common with other partners in the project, they will input into the networking, quality planning and implementation aspects of the proposal (in WP6, WP7 and WP9). In order to ensure this project is managed appropriately, IPN will delegate two trainers/researchers experienced in providing training in prevention/evaluation and relevant research to the project. They will develop robust systems for planning and implementing the project, in a controlled environment.