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Fotopoulou, K. Turnbull, O.H. Zellner, M. (2013). International Neuropsychoanalysis Society: Cape Town 2013 Congress Research Presentations. Neuropsychoanalysis, 15(2):189.

(2013). Neuropsychoanalysis, 15(2):189

International Neuropsychoanalysis Society: Cape Town 2013 Congress Research Presentations

Katerina Fotopoulou, Oliver H. Turnbull and Maggie Zellner

In this issue we publish, as usual, the abstracts of the research presentations at our Congress in Cape Town (2013).

The research base of our organization continues to grow, and there were a number of new faces among the scientific presenters who attended the Cape Town Congress, in addition to a number of well-established members of our Society. A warm welcome to both groups!

One of the most impressive features of our community is the diversity of our scientific interests, which are obvious as one glances across the abstracts reported in this section. We also have work from a range of continents, this year including a remarkable contingent from Africa. Here, the presence of our Congress in Cape Town has clearly made it possible for many local early-career researchers to attend, where financial constraints may have limited them in previous years. It was also heartening to see the number of early-career scientists from other continents who attended. As ever, their presence is an impressive indicator of the future of our field.

Our Congress also tends to feature a range of scientific approaches, from explicitly clinical case-report work to high-technology laboratory-based methods. This year the clinical focus of the Congress, and especially the theme of psychotherapeutic experience with neurological patients, generated a fascinating set of papers in this pioneering clinical domain. Psychodynamic work of this sort has, of course, been happening in a small and scattered way for years, but it was very satisfying to see the way in which the Congress brought this together—and especially reassuring for those who had been engaged in work in isolation, often lacking the collegiate support and validation that a meeting of this sort provides: again, new and important ground for our Congress to cover.

Our thanks, as ever, to those who attended our Open Research Sessions. And our heartfelt thanks to the administrative staff who make these events possible—not only the remarkable Paula Barkay, but also many others. Our appreciation extends to them all.

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