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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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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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April 5, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 PM
WPIC Room 278

WPIC Wide Journal Club
Impact of a Prenatal Immune Challenge on Neural and Behavioral Outcomes in Schizophrenia

Hui CW, St-Pierre A, El Hajj H, et al. (2018). Prenatal immune challenge in mice leads to partly sex-dependent behavioral, microglial, and molecular abnormalities associated with schizophrenia. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2018.00013
Presented by Paven Lidstone, MD, PhD (PGY-2 Child Track Resident)
Chair: David Volk, MD, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry)
Invited Experts: John Enwright, PhD (Instructor in Psychiatry) and Marianne Seney, 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.


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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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