Monday, November 1, 2010

Conference Alert: 27th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference

27th Annual Schizophrenia Conference
Friday, December 10, 2010
Pittsburgh, PA

Course Director:

K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD

The Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference is an annual meeting at which the advances in schizophrenia research are reviewed by leading international experts in the field. This year's meeting will cover a range of topics, including the associations between cannabis use and the development of schizophrenia and impairments in the brain circuits that are associated with auditory processes relevant to schizophrenia. The concept of preventing schizophrenia has brought up several several controversial but innovative ideas, and the 2010 Schizophrenia Conference Award Lecturer will address this issue. A leading expert who will be awarded the Gerard E. Hogarty Research Excellence Award in Schizophrenia will present his research to the audience. The lecture will focus on the pharmacological treatment of cognitive impairments in people with schizophrenia. The patient and family perspective will also be presented in a panel format.

Who Should Attend:
The conference is designed to disseminate the latest research findings to a wide audience: psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians, including nurses, social workers, psychologists, service coordinators, researchers, patients and their relatives, mental health policy administrators and others who wish to keep abreast of etiologic and treatment research in schizophrenia.

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the association between cannabis use and the development of schizophrenia.
  • Consider impairments in brain circuits associated with the auditory cortex and how this relates to schizophrenia.
  • Review the current knowledge on prevention and early intervention in schizophrenia.
  • Discuss the effect of antipsychotic medications on cognitive function.
  • Discuss the rationale for the selection of potential targets for the treatment of cognitive impairments.
  • Consider a first-person account of schizophrenia from a patient and/or family perspective.

Presented by:

UPMC Health System Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic; Services and Research for Recovery in Serious Mental Illness; Mental Health Conference Planning; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences

Details and registration information can be found at the conference website. For additional information or to receive a brochure, please contact Kyessa Brian at or via phone at 412-802-6905.

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Contributed by Lora M. Dziemiela, Program Secretary

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