Ibero-Latin American Association of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
On the birth of AILANCYP
The progress of nations largely depends on their educational level. The task of educating large sectors of the population in such complex issues as how the brain works and how it gets sick, it has been an arduous and laborious task. Nowadays this is a not deferrable task as a teaching commitment. The heterogeneity of the Ibero-Latin American region, as are their different levels of progress in the academia level, has not allowed all health professionals interested in this area, can access the knowledge of these important issues that affect the full understanding of the mind and its disorders. Hence the need for organizations to be a melting pot for training, taking the most developed human and institutional resources of our countries. How? Through academic exchanges, the implementation of high-level courses and high-quality scientific publications that are accessible to the entire medical community and paramedical. But also fostering research that provides new knowledge, although it is true that this activity it gets complicated by the lack of resources, not for lack of will.
Throughout centuries of history of medicine, great thinkers and scientists have tried to understand the location of the functions of the mind, their complex processes and the way they get sick. Although in the beginning they started from a set of common principles, they reached a point (between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century) where the neurosciences and the sciences of the psyche followed divergent paths, and at times even antagonistic.
However, since the middle of last century and to date, the development of a psychiatry, a neurology and a psychology with a more scientific rigor and technological upgrading of research tools in neuroscience, have done a paradigm shift in the conception of these disciplines. The boundaries of the sciences that study the psyche, with the sciences that study the brain, have been declining. Today, it is virtually impossible for mental health professionals, regardless of their area of expertise (psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, neurobiochemists, neurophysiologists, geneticists, etc.), can ignore the contributions of one or the other, for thorough understanding of the brain and its disorders.
However, the mind and the brain, even though have an extraordinary dynamic and functional unit, they are not a uniform and undifferentiated whole. This is where lies the interest of a large group of professionals "neuropsychiatric" disciplines to propose and promote a scientific and academic movement that helps enhancing the synergies between the two areas of knowledge, founding the Ibero-Latin American Association of Neuroscience and Psychiatry (AILANCYP).
The concern to gather and join forces to create a new non-profit association, with the philosophical principles described above comes from dialogue and constructive analysis of a set of psychiatrists in Spain and Latin America, a fact that occurred for first time in the Spanish National Congress of Psychiatry in Bilbao, Spain in September 2012 (organized by the major psychiatric organizations in Spain, the World Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association America APAL). They concluded that it was basic not to create a society of societies, such as the APAL, but a society of members, which should include psychiatrists and also professionals working in various disciplines directly or indirectly related to psychiatry. We share common goals with other societies -as the above mentioned- , the difference lies in its organizational structure and in some of their strategies and methods, but the goal is the same, improving the mental health of the people and communities that unite us.
In a first stage we have invited a group of professionals that we have called founders, all of them distinguished by their academic career as well as their intense scientific and union leadership. In a second stage we open a call for all those professionals who wish to join our association. These requests will pass through a committee of renowned neuroscience professionals that will be created specifically for it.
So far there have been six academic activities, four in Mexico, one in Ecuador and another one in Nicaragua. Within the strategic plan we will develop various publications, guidelines, review articles, books with topics, including scientific writings. Moreover we will also develop a plan for continuing medical education activities for non-psychiatric professionals and specialists in other fields who are interested in upgrading knowledge in our disciplines.
Next academic activity
As part of the plan for continuing medical education the Ibero-Latin American Association of Neuroscience and Psychiatry (AILANCYP) and the Mexican Psychiatric Association (APM), geting stronger with this strategic alliance, have generated the project "First International Congress of the Ibero-Latin American Association of Neuroscience and Psychiatry", together with APM commemorative event called "International Congress on the 50th anniversary of the Mexican Psychiatric Association, 1966 -2016" with the central theme" for a unified view of the psyche and brain", to be held from June 9th to 12th, 2016, in Mexico, having as host venue the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. We are waiting you with open arms.
President of AILANCYP
Vice-president of AILANCYP