Life time EAPM awardees 2017

Per_Fink, picture
Alison Creed Award


The 2017 Alison Creed Award for outstanding contribution to research in the field of psychosomatic medicine has been awarded to Professor Per Fink, of Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. Per Fink has published over 200 scientific papers and written and co-edited several important texts. He is recognised as a world expert and leading international  researcher in the field of medically unexplained symptoms.  He has advanced the field by developing the concept of bodily distress syndrome, which arose from his own empirical work studying people with unexplained physical symptoms. He has also pioneered work in primary care,  training GPs to better manage and help patients with medically unexplained symptoms (The TERM project) . He has also led several studies evaluating the benefits of both individual and group based CBT treatments for people with distressing somatic symptoms, and has also carried out a series of long term evaluations of the health economic costs of patients with bodily distress syndrome. He has received many awards over the course of his career  and is highly regarded by his fellow research colleagues. Despite all the accolades he has received over his career, he remains kind, approachable, friendly and modest.


Frits Huyse Award: Prof. Graça Cardoso, Lisbon

Dear colleagues


The European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine’s Frits Huyse award is presented to a person who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to the development of consultation-liaison psychiatry in Europe. The awardee should also be a person who is recognized for being willing to share knowledge, support others and fostering collaboration between Europeans in the field of C-L psychiatry. With approval from the board of the EAPM, the award committee, Silvia Ferrari, Karsten Leue, Gerhard Schlüssler and Ulrik Malt, has

decided to present the 2017 Frits Huyse award to Graca Maria Pereira Cardoso, or as all her colleagues name her: GRAÇA.  


Gracas formal qualifications are brilliant. Just to list a few:   

On the national level, she has

  • run several workshops and conferences in C-L psychiatry in Portugal;
  • founded the Portuguese Psychosomatic Society and been a founding member of the Portuguese Association of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and is still its president.
  • Furthermore, she has also created the first ever C-L psychiatry unit in Portugal.

On the European level, she has been very active as well. Some examples:

  • She was secretary and vice-president of the European Association of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics from 1997 to 2002
  • She was the national coordinator of three European multicentre studies in C-L psychiatry
  • She was also the organizer of the 24th European Conference of Psychosomatic Research and 5th European Association of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics conference in 2002
  • She participates in and has carried out national and international research projects on epidemiology, assessment of services for severe mental patients, and psycho-oncology.

Currently, she is

  • Researcher, Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health 
  • Professor and Member of the Chronic Diseases Research Centre, NOVA Medical School, Lisbon
  • Member of the Faculty, International Master on Mental Health Policy and Services  

However, she is not the least a beautiful person

  • Empathic
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Reliable
  • A listener
  • A woman who shares
  • A person who really cares for those who suffer from mental disorders
  • And always positive with a warm and gentle smile

For European C-L psychiatry, she has been crucial, fostering collaboration across Europe and never just pursued her own interest. She has really been role model for European C-L psychiatrist. Thus, it is an honour, and a privilege to present to GRAÇA, the EAPMs 2017 Frits Huyse Award


written by Ulrik Malt

EAPM Awards

The EAPM assigns annually three different types of Awards: