Psychomotricity: next move in neuropsychiatry

Psychomotricity: next move in neuropsychiatry
22nd-24th June 2022 -
Strasbourg, France, EU

Chair: Dr Jack Foucher & Prof Fabrice Berna, University of Strasbourg.
Organization: MDr Clément de Billy (CEMNIS, Strasbourg, France), PhDr Pascale Piguet (Neurex, Basel, Switzerland), Mme Domitille Boudard (Neurex, University of Strasbourg, France).
Program (pdf), see Neurex.

The spirit of the workshop

Almost 150 years after its invention by Karl Kahlbaum, catatonia has re-emerged as an independent entity with the official endorsement of the ICD-11 this year. However, it probably neither refers to the same patients, nor to the same phenomena. “Catatonia” and “psychomotricity” are polysemous; they refer to different concepts depending on the paradigmatic framework, e.g. neuropsychiatry, psychological psychiatry, dimensional research domain criteria…
This workshop aims at clarifying some of the major research programs and paradigmatic frameworks in which these phenomena are studied. It will mix philosophy of science, methods, and results, but also clinical symptoms, signs, and examination procedures.
Experts and participants will give their opinion on the same video to objectify some differences in interpretation and definition – participants are welcome to bring questions and clinical material to be discussed. The goal is not to decide who is right or wrong, but to build bridges between different views which might ultimately permit to confront them through crucial experimental series.
This dialectic approach promotes cross-fertilization and ambition to speed-up the discovery process.


Session 1: Philosophy of/in science

  1. From the philosophy of scientific models to the philosophy in scientific models. Prof. Cédric Brun (Institute of neurodegenrative diseases, UMR 5392 CNRS,University of Bordeaux, France, UE)
    Lecture (60 min), Discussion (11 min)
  2. Crucial experimental series. Prof. Jack Foucher (center for non-invasive brain stimulation, University hospital, Strasbourg, France, UE)
    Lecture (34 min), Discussion (22 min)

Session 2: Research programs in psychomotricity n°1

  1. Multimodal brain imaging of catatonia and other psychomotorabnormalities in psychiatric disorders. Prof. Dusan Hirjak (Central Institute for Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, UE)
    Lecture (43 min), Discussion (18 min)
  2. When motor behavior disturbs social interaction:The impact of psychomotor abnormalities on nonverbal communication. Prof. Sebastian Walther (Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland)
    Lecture (55 min), Discussion (24 min)
  3. Round table: minimal clinical explorations for data sharing
    Discussion (raw data - 62 min)

Session 3: Clinical signs and video presentations

  1. Gegenhalten & psychomotor paratonia - a proposal. Prof. Jack Foucher and Dr Clément de Billy
    Discussion (raw data - 92 min)
  2. Discussing videos cases of catatonia. Prof Dusan Hirjak (no recording)
  3. Videos on parakinesias - discussion around a neglected sign. Prof Jack Foucher and Dr Clément de Billy (no recording)

Session 4: Research programs in psychomotricity n°2

  1. Psychomotor behavior in the nosology of psychotic disorders. Prof. Stephan Heckers (University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
    Lecture (47 min), Discussion (30 min)
  2. Progress in the biomarkers in diagnosis and treatment of catatonia. Prof. Fabrice Berna (Psychiatric University Hospital, Strasbourg, France, UE)
    Lecture (37 min), Discussion (9 min)
  3. Round table (postponed)

Session 5: WKL clinical training, expert level - video cases in French (no recording)

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Miscellaneous presentations

Various presentations made in the context of a seminar, national or international congress:

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