Stephan Zipfel


Stephan Zipfel is Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Tübingen and head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the University Medical Hospital Tübingen, Germany. He has been the President of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM) and a Board member of the International Federation of Psychotherapy. He is Director of the Centre for Nutritional Science at the Universities of Tübingen & Hohenheim, Germany and Dean of Medical Education at the Medical Faculty of the University of Tübingen. He has published widely on eating and somatoform disorders, placebo research and medical education.

Nobuyuki Sudo


Name: Nobuyuki Sudo
Nationality: Japan

Education, Professional Training & Employment
1988 M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University
1997: Ph.D. Graduate School of medical Sciences, Kyushu University
2009~present: Professor & Chairman, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Memberships, Offices and Committee Assignments in Professional Societies
Director of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine
Director of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Internal Medicine
Director of the Japanese Society of Eating Disorders
Councilor of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Major Research Interests
I. Brain-gut axis: Interactions among microbiota, gut and brain
II. Psychoneuroimmunology: Effects and basic mechanisms of psychological stress on immune and allergic response

Hochang Benjamin Lee


Hochang Benjamin (Ben) Lee, M.D. is the John Romano Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Chief of Psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, and Regional Chief of Psychiatry for the University of Rochester Medical Center. Prior to his chairmanship at University of Rochester, he was the founding director and chief of Yale's Psychological Medicine Service, at Yale New Haven Hospital's York Street and St. Raphael campuses. He also directed Yale's Psychological Medicine Research Center. Previously, he also had been Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Director of Research Development at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

His primary research interests are:
1. Developing innovative models for delivery behavioral health service for medical and surgical patients.
2. Prevention of neuropsychiatric morbidity (e.g. delirium, depression, and dementia) after major surgery among the elders.

Dr. Lee is also an expert in psychiatric aspects of restless legs syndrome, and Asian American mental health issues. Dr, Lee is board certified in psychiatry with sub-specialty certification in psychosomatic medicine. His primary clinical interest is in behavioral aspects of dementia care, especially among those elders with multiple medical comorbidities. Dr. Lee completed psychiatry residency and combined neuropsychiatry/ psychiatric epidemiology fellowships at Johns Hopkins after earning his MD at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1997.

Fiammetta Cosci


Dr. Cosci got her medical degree at the University of Florence in Italy and her PhD at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Florence. Her main research interests are in mood and anxiety disorders, tobacco dependence, assessment, and novel psychotherapeutic approaches such as well-being therapy. She is Associate Editor of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, a journal which has an impact factor of 8.96.

Kyung Bong Koh


Kyung Bong Koh, M.D., Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He was graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine. He is the author of "Stress and Psychosomatic Medicine" as well as of "Somatization and Psychosomatic Symptoms" and has contributed chapters to several textbooks. His many published articles concentrate primarily on psychosomatic medicine, especially psychoneuroimmunology, somatization and stress. He has developed a number of psychological instruments, including the Stress Response Inventory. He has received three academic awards for his distinguished research on the relationship between anger and somatization, immunology in anxiety disoders, and neural activity in panic disorder and somatoform disorder from the Korean Neuropsychiatric Association. He played a leading role in founding and also served as president of the Korean Society of Psychosomatic Medicine. He worked as chair of the Scientific Committee of the Society and the first editor-in-chief of the Korean Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine. In addition, he served as chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the international academic meetings, such as the 13th Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine and the 21st World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine held in Seoul, Korea.