Cairo to host the 1st international forensic psychiatry day on the 30th of October 2017 organized by "Long term incarcerated patients in forensic setting: Role of research in Socioeconomic enhancement (LIFE project)" in collaboration with the universities of Ain Shams and Nottingham. The event also marks the first anniversary of the establishment of the first Center for Excellence in Violence Research in the Middle East.
For the first time in Egypt and the Middle East, LIFE will also announce the localization of a scientific tool to measure the potential violence of psychiatric patients as one of the most important scientific achievements of the project funded by the STDF and the British Council, which contributes to the stability of society and the development of treatment services in specialized departments in government mental health clinics.
"Serving humanity and solving its problems to achieve community peace, achieved by our distinguished research team is the ultimate goal of the scientific research, "said LIFE project director, Dr Samar Abdel Azim, assistant professor of Forensic Medicine and toxicology, AinShamsUniversity. She also stressed that the development of health care services based on the outputs of the project contributes to saving millions of pounds of the state budget, spent on the health care system, and ensures the provision of decent medical service as a human right, guaranteed by the national constitution and international conventions.
Samar also added, "Some people resort to mental illness to escape punishment, but applying the scientific means of our joint research project ensures justice, even on the most controversial issues, which makes me proud to be part of this great effort, planning to expand its work and influence to the Arab region in the future. "
The LIFE project has been awarded the first place among the advanced projects for the Newton Mosharafa program funding, and includes a joint research team of the universities of Ain Shams and Nottingham, and works in partnership with the General Secretariat of Mental Health and Addiction treatment in Egypt.
The event is organized under the auspices of Prof. Abdelwahab Ezzat, President of Ain shams university, and will host Prof. Birgit Vollm, Professor of Forensic psychiatry, Nottingham University as the representative of the British partner, to discuss the most important challenges facing the development of this sector in Egypt and the United Kingdom. It also invited key figures as the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the President of the British Council as well as leaders of the health sector and scientific research in Egypt.