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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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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.
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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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April 23, 2018
9:00-10:00 AM
1695 Biomedical Science Tower

Special Guest Speaker
Summer B. Thyme, PhD
Whole-Organism Phenotyping Defines Schizophrenia Candidate Genes and their Shared Functions

Through her research, Summer Thyme, PhD aims to understand the functions of genes implicated in schizophrenia using zebrafish models. For her postdoctoral work, under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Schier, Dr. Thyme completed a four-year large-scale study of the functional consequences of individually mutating more than one hundred genes associated with schizophrenia. Dr. Thyme completed her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Washington and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

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


February 23, 2018
9:00-10:00 AM
1695 Biomedical Science Tower

Special Guest Speaker
Jones Parker, PhD
Deciphering the Neural Ensemble Signatures of Disease with Striatal Ca2+ Imaging

Dr. Parker uses calcium imaging to determine how neural network dynamics are disrupted in neurological and psychiatric diseases. Specifically, he uses this technique to evaluate neural ensemble signatures of neuropsychiatric disease, and to observe projection-specific neural activity towards understanding the circuit basis of mental illness. Dr. Parker completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Michael Ehlers as part of the Pfizer Global R&D Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit, and is currently a Research Associate in Dr. Mark Schnitzer’s lab in Stanford’s Department of 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


 

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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.

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.

 

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