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July 28, 2017
CTMHR Undergraduate Research Program Fellows Complete the 2017 Summer Program
On Friday, July 28, 2017, 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.

August 2016
Mark Zaki Begins Studies at Harvard Medical School
In August, Mark Zaki, a former fellow in the 2014 Conte Center Undergraduate Research Program (URP), began his studies in the MD Program at Harvard Medical School. While he was a student at Pitt, Mark worked in Dr. David Lewis’ lab from the summer of 2013 through the summer following his graduation in 2016. He was also mentored by Ms. Holly Bazmi and Dr. Sohei Kimoto, in addition to Dr. Lewis.


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Friday, March 16, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM
Scaife Hall Lecture Room 6

Senior Vice Chancellor Seminar Series: Molecular Mechanisms of Vesicular Dopamine Release in Psychiatric Disorders

Zachary Z. Freyberg, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Cell Biology

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

Department of Psychiatry Meet the PI Lecture: Statistical Genetics and Studies of Autism and Schizophrenia

Bernie Devlin, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Human Genetics, and Clinical and Translational Science

Friday, January 19, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM
WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Meet the PI Lecture: Cognitive Enhancement for Schizophrenia: Evidence, Mechanisms, and Implementation

Shaun Eack, PhD
David E. Epperson Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry

October 13, 2017
9:00-10:00 AM
1695 Biomedical Science Tower

Translational Neuroscience Program Seminar
Fluorescence-based Cell-specific Detection for Laser-capture Microdissection in Human Brain

Brad Rocco, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

September 22, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM
WPIC Auditorium

Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying Cognitive Control and their Disturbance in Psychiatric Disorders
Jonathan Cohen, MD, PhD
Robert Bendheim and Lynn Bendheim Thoman Professor in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology
Co-Director, Princeton Neuroscience Institute Princeton University


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November 16, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 PM
WPIC Room 278

WPIC Wide Journal Club
Using Functional Connectivity in the Striatum to Predict Antipsychotic Response

Sarpal DK, Argyelan M, Robinson DG, Szeszko PR, Karlsgodt KH, John M, Weissman N, Gallego JA, Kane JM, Lencz T, Malhotra AK (2016). Baseline striatal functional connectivity as a predictor of response to antipsychotic drug treatment. Am J Psychiatry 173(1):69-77.
Presented by Elizabeth Kistler, MD (PGY2 Psychiatry Resident)
Chair: Jessica Gannon, MD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry)
Invited Experts: Deepak Sarpal, MD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry) and Shaun Eack, PhD (David E. Epperson Professor of Social Work, 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 invited to attend.

November 10, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 PM
WPIC Auditorium

WPIC Clinical Grand Rounds
Identifying and Managing Youth at Risk for Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders

Peter Bachman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Boris Birmaher, MD
Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


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Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research
Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH103204)

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