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July 27, 2018
CTMHR Undergraduate Research Program Fellows Complete the 2018 Summer Program
On Friday, July 27, 2018, the ten week summer portion of the Undergraduate Research Program concluded with the students’ final presentations. The Undergraduate Research Program, directed by David Lewis, MD and coordinated by John Enwright, PhD, Debra Montrose, PhD and Lisa Murphree, engages undergraduate students in translational mental health research, giving them the opportunity to work full-time collecting and analyzing data for a research project, participating in journal clubs, shadowing mental health clinicians and attending research seminars and didactic sessions on research strategies, ethics and career development.

March 2018
Joseph Kannarkat Awarded Inaugural Kanders Churchill Scholarship to Study Health Care Policy at Cambridge University
Joseph Kannarkat, a former fellow in the 2016 Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research Undergraduate Research Program has been awarded a 2018-19 Kanders Churchill Scholarship at Cambridge University. Joseph is expected to graduate this spring from the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences with dual degrees in economics and neuroscience and a minor in chemistry.


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February 1, 2019
12:00-1:30 PM
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium

Pitt Psychiatry Special Guest Lecture: Stress and Schizophrenia: Susceptibility in the Developing Brain

Anthony Grace, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

December 7, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium

Pitt Psychiatry Distinguished Scientist Lecture:
Working Memory 2.0

Earl Miller, PhD
Picower Professor of Neuroscience
Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 26, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM
WPIC Auditorium

Researchers on the Rise Lecture
Maturation of Corticostriatal Circuits in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Jill Glausier, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Neurodevelopmental Variation of Intrinsic Functional Connectivity and its Relationship to Psychosis Risk and Gene Expression
Maria Jalbrzikowski, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

September 28, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM
WPIC Auditorium

Special Guest Speaker
Complement Genes in Schizophrenia and Autoimmune Disease

Steven McCarroll, PhD
Dorothy and Milton Flier Associate Professor of Biomedical Science and Genetics
Director of Genetics, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

September 6, 2018
4:00-5:00 PM
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6

Provost's Inaugural Lecture and Reception
Hard of Listening - Auditory Cortex Pathology in Schizophrenia

Robert A. Sweet, MD
UPMC Endowed Professor in Psychiatric Neuroscience
Professor of Neurology and Clinical and Translational Science


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January 10th 2018
1:00-2:00 PM
WPH Room 278

Western Psychiatric Hospital Wide Journal Club
Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorders and Antipsychotic Treatment Failure in Early-Onset Psychosis

Downs JM, Lechler S, Dean H, et al (2017). The association between co-morbid autism spectrum disorders and antipsychotic treatment failure in early-onset psychosis: a historical cohort study using electronic health records. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 78:e1233-1241.
Presented by Amy Rasmussen, MD (PGY2 Resident, Child Psychiatry)
Chair: Carla Mazefksy, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry)
Invited Experts: Joseph Pierri, MD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry), Frank DePietro, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry)

This series of mentored Journal Club presentations of the latest and potentially most influential research findings aims to allow attendees to use the knowledge gained from a critical analysis of the latest research from across the neuroscience and social science literature to guide their own further reading and enhance evidence based practice. All UPMC faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

November 16, 2018
35th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference
The Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference is the nation’s longest running scientific meeting devoted to exploring the latest research findings related to schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Each year, internationally recognized experts provide comprehensive reviews of advances in their areas and emphasize the clinical relevance of the research. This year’s meeting will cover a range of topics, including the relevance of animal models to the prevention and treatment of schizophrenia, new findings in the area of genetics, the importance of early detection and intervention, and the role of spirituality in recovery from serious mental illness. John M. Kane, MD will present the Gerald E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Lecture on “Lessons Learned From RAISE-ETP: Where Do We Go from Here?” Dr. Kane is Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Services at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York. He is Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He also serves as Chairman of Psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York.


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Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH103204)

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