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Brian Jacobs

I am a retired Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (CAP) from The Maudsley Hospital, London and practised for many years at.

I ran child psychiatry inpatient services and co-edited a book on this topic. I have published research on education, about eating disorders, the treatment of children with behaviour problems and the effectiveness of inpatient services. I have also been very interested in attachment-related issues, neuropsychiatry and in different approaches to treatment.

I chaired the training committee for CAP training in the UK and Europe (UEMS-CAP Chair of Training Board). I have become interested in the workforce challenge of rising numbers of children and young people with mental health difficulties. I also was lead editor for a large, free government-funded e-learning programme on mental health, especially child mental health,


I will use this talk to address the challenges we face with the epidemic of child mental health difficulties and begin to discuss possible solutions – there are no “magic bullets”.

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Mika Mäkelä

Professor Mika Mäkelä is a pediatric allergist working in the Skin and Allergy Hospital, Helsinki University Central Hospital, where he is the chairman of the allergy clinic and professor of clinical allergology.

Dr. Mäkelä received his MD in University of Turku, Finland, Master of Science in University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and again, PhD in University of Turku, Finland. He has received research training in Canada and USA,most recently  as a researcher in Denver, National Jewish Medical and Research Center,  USA 1998-2000.

Dr. Mäkelä has studied airways and allergies since 1980’s, focusing first in immune responses to respiratory viruses and since the 90’s with main focus on asthma and allergies.During the last 30 years, he has built two strong research arms focusing on childhood asthma and on food allergies in children. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed publications.

Professor Mäkelä is an active member of the Finnish community taking care of asthma and allergy patients. He has contributed to creating a number of national Finnish and international guidelines for asthma and allergies. Dr. Mäkelä was the secretary general of the EAACI 2017 Helsinki meeting. He was the vice chairman of the secretariat for the Finnish National Allergy Programme 2008-18. He is the chairman for Finnish Current care guidelines for asthma and also pediatric food allergies.

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Liisa Lehtonen

Professor Liisa Lehtonen, MD, is the Director of the Division of Neonatology at Turku University Hospital in Turku, Finland, and Professor in Pediatrics at University of Turku, Finland.

She does research to find ways to optimize the longterm outcomes of preterm infants. She had led a follow up study of very preterm infants since year 2001 to identify risk factors and protective factors for the brain development of preterm infants. Her research and others have shown that parents' active participation in neonatal care potentially has a major role in enhancing   developmental outcomes of preterm infants. Therefore, she and her team have developed a training program for neonatal staff to improve their skills to collaborate with parents and support parenting in neonatal care contexts - The Close Collaboration with Parents training. One of her studies focuses on the role of auditory environment of preterm infants in their language development.

Professor Lehtonen has been active in developing resident training and implementing competency based training in Finland.

Professor Liisa Lehtonen has got training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1996-97 and at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1997-2000. She worked as a senior neonatologist at the Uppsala University Hospital in 2011.

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Ülle Madise

Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) appointed Ülle Madise as the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia for a second seven-year term, starting in 2022 (first, in 2015). The duties of the Chancellor include constitutional review of Estonia’s state and local legislature and protection of people’s fundamental rights and freedoms.

Prior to this, Ms Madise has worked as Legal Adviser to the President of the Republic of Estonia, a Director of Audit at the National Audit Office, a professor of public law at Tallinn University of Technology and professor of constitutional law at the University of Tartu.

During her earlier professional career she was responsible for the national public law reform at the Ministry of Justice and as the chief-of-staff of parliamentary committee headed the legal task force of the plebiscite for the constitutional amendment of Estonia’s accession to the European Union in 2004. She has participated in the drafting of all annotated editions of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia, and has been editor-in-chief of the latest editions.

Ülle Madise has been a contributor and co-author of a large number of Estonian and international scientific publications, primarily in the field of constitutional law, public administration, governance and elections. She has a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Tartu (2001) and PhD in Public Administration from the Tallinn University of Technology (2007).

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Vaidotas Urbonas

Vaidotas Urbonas is working as pediatric gastroenterologist at Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos Centre of Pediatrics and as professor at Vilnius University Medical Faculty Clinic of Children‘s Diseases.

Graduated Vilnius University Medical Faculty. For ten years worked at Sakiai district hospital as general pediatrician, later entered doctorship at Vilnius University where in 1998 defended PhD thesis on coelic disease.

Training at: St.Goran’s Hospital (Sweden), Salsburg medical seminars (Austria), Tampere University Hospital (Finland), Chicago Layola University Hospital (USA), Umea University Hospital (Sweden), Graz University Hospital (Austria), Oxford University J.Radcliff Hospital (Great Britain), Odense University Hospital (Denmark), Warsaw Mother and Child Institute (Poland)

Publications: 222 scientific articles and chapters of textbooks, 25 web of science articles.

Principal investigator of 7 clinical studies.

Scientific reviewer of journal „Frontiers in Pediatrics“ and scientific abstract reviewer at the annual meetings of European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and UEGW (United European Gastroenterology Week).

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Reigo Reppo

I was born in 1981 in a small Estonian town Haapsalu. After graduating Tartu University Medical Faculty in 2007 I started my psychiatry residency in Tartu and completed the program on 2011.

In 2010 I went abroad to Finland to gather new experiences on psychiatry field and started the adolescents´ psychiatry residency program in Helsinki University, which I completed in 2019. In 2015 I returned to do part time work in the  Tartu University Hospital at the Child and Adolescents´ Mental Health Centre.

My specialty of interest during my career in the field of child and adolescents´ mental health has been delinquent disorders and aggressive behaviour, which is closely related to depression and self-harm.

From the end of 2019 I have been the mental health centre’s doctor in charge of administrative duties. I strongly believe in cooperation between specialties and professions in developing the child's and adolescents´ mental health field. 

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Marta Valdmann

I work at the Mental Health Center for Children and Adolescents of the Psychiatric Clinic of the Tartu University Hospital.

As a clinical psychologist, my job is to do various studies: emotional state, behavior, personality, differential diagnosis of mental disorders, cognitive studies (mental ability, hyperactivity, etc.), as well as psychotherapy. I am a professional cognitive-behavioral therapist and have worked with children and young people with eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and behavioral problems, among other things.

Since 2018, I have had the opportunity to conduct group therapy for adolescents with colleagues, which involves dealing with difficult feelings, crises and self-destructive behavior (based on dialectical behavior therapy, M. Linehan).

I also give lectures on clinical psychology at the University of Tartu. The main topics are developmental psychopathology and an introduction to cognitive-behavioral therapy.


I am a member of the Estonian Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Association, a teacher of basic education at CBT. I am a member of the board of the Estonian Association of Child Psychologists.

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Piret Visnapuu-Bernadt

I am working as a child psychiatrist and a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist at Marienthal Clinic in Tallinn. My main interest is working with babies, toddlers and their families. As a psychotherapist, I also work a lot with teenagers.

I have been teaching child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy and infant mental health as well as been actively involved in organizing trainings.

In terms of social activity I am a member of the Estonian Psychiatrists Association; a founding member of the Estonian Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy Society, a founding member of the Estonian Association for Infant Mental Health which I chair since 2014.

In 2013-2021, I was a member of the Board of the UEMS-CAP (European Union of Medical Specialists, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). Since 2019 I am a member of the Board of the EFPP (European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy).

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Irja Lutsar

Irja Lutsar MD, PhD is a Professor in Clinical Microbiology and head of department of clinical microbiology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She gained her MD and PhD degree at the University of Tartu, Estonia and is qualified paediatric infectious diseases specialist.  In 1995 to 1998 she was a research fellow in paediatric infectious diseases at the Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, USA and in 1999 to 2004 she worked as a director in clinical development at Pfizer Ltd, UK.

Her research interests include antibiotic pharmacokinetics/dynamics, neonatal infections, fungal infections and antibiotic resistance. She has been leading investigator in more than 20 clinical trials in children including studies evaluating pharmacokinetic properties of antibiotics in premature neonates.

Irja Lutsar has more than 160 publications in peer reviewed international journals and about 10 book chapters in various areas of the pediatric infectious diseases. She is the member of the Pediatric Committee of the European Medicines Agency since 2007 and has been active member of ESPID since 1993 being a board member in 2010-2012. She has received numerous research grants at national and international level.


She is member of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and belongs to Estonian Society of Infectious Diseases and Estonian Society for Paediatrics.

During the pandaemic of COVID-19 (2020-2021) she has been the head of the scientific advisory committee giving advice to Estonian government on SARS-CoV-2.


Angelo Ravelli

Angelo Ravelli, MD, is Scientific Director of the Giannina Gaslini Institute of Genoa, Italy and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Genoa, Italy. His field of clinical and research activity focuses on pediatric rheumatology. He is currently President of the Pediatric Rheumatology European Association (PRES), Past Chair of the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) Standing Committee for Pediatric Rheumatology, and Interim President of the Italian Society of Pediatric Rheumatology (ReumaPed).

He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Gerolamo Gaslini Prize for Excellence in Research in 2004 and a grant from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) to conduct the project aimed to develop the new classification criteria for macrophage activation syndrome in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Professor Ravelli was the chairman of the International Consensus Conference which led to the development of the new classification criteria for macrophage activation syndrome in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis and of the International Task Force that developed the recommendations for the treat-to-target strategy in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Professor Ravelli is author or co-author of more than 400 scientific papers and has been invited as speaker in more than 250 international congresses. On Google Scholar, he has more than 32.000 citations and an H index of 89.

Katrin Pruulmann

I obtained a diploma in psychology from the University of Tartu in 1978, after that I initially worked in various schools for 15 years and still in child psychiatry. I have completed full courses in both psychoanalytic child therapy and family therapy and have been involved in teaching these therapies in Estonia, as well as in the training of both psychology and medical students at the University of Tartu on working with children. In today's changing world, I consider the strength of the child-parent relationship to be important, as well as the cooperation of the networks around them, and I will try to contribute to the development of these links.