The ICHR is a scientific consortium about hallucinations and related symptoms. In 2010, the ICHR was developed as an initiative to increase international collaborative work, stimulate research, reduce inefficiencies and prompt new clinical developments.

Bi-annual ICHR Meetings (Working Groups only) ICHR meetings take place once every two years (2011 London UK, 2013 Durham UK, 2015 Melbourne Australia, 2017 France). The traditional format is that of a two-day scientific meeting comprising presentations from the working groups, as well as group discussion time. Bi-annual meetings are by ‘invitations only’ and traditionally include members of working groups who have been working together on a particular topic of their choice during the previous year. The purpose of restricting numbers to these meetings is to allow plenty of productive discussion time around specific topics, which is best done in small groups.

ICHR Satellite conferences (Scientific ‘open’ Conference) The format of these ICHR ‘open’ conferences is that of an academic conference for all researchers, academics, clinicians, students, people with lived experience and other interested parties to present and discuss their work, and exchange information. It provides an opportunity for all to attend a stimulating meeting on hallucinations and related symptoms and forge new collaborations.

The 2016 satellite meeting of the ICHR will take place in Chicago, USA, Sept. 26-27, 2016.