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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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July 29, 2016
CTMHR Undergraduate Research Program Fellows Complete the 2016 Summer Program
On Friday, July 29, 2016, 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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July 2016
CTMHR Undergarduate Research Fellows Work Published in Neuropsychopharmacology
The work of Sowmya Sanapala, Aaron Foglio and Raissa Berry, former fellows in the Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research (CTMHR) Undergraduate Research Program (URP) who worked under the mentorship of Dr. John Enwright, was published in Neuropsychopharmacology online.
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May 26, 2016
Miranda Bridgwater Awarded University of Pittsburgh Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship
Miranda Bridgwater, a former fellow in the 2015 Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research (CTMHR) Undergraduate Research Program (URP) was awarded a 2016 Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship. These fellowships are named for Hugh Brackenridge (1748-1816), the founder of the University of Pittsburgh. They support full-time undergraduate students on the Oakland campus while they devote full-effort to conducting an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Brackenridge Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for the summer (mid-May through early August) to assure that they can devote themselves full-time to their projects and the associated responsibilities without having to support themselves by means of a summer job.
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May 31-June 2, 2017
University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference

This conference is a unique event where statisticians who analyze and develop new tools for analyzing imaging data can come together to learn about emerging methodologies for working with imaging data and interact with researchers collecting novel imaging data.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/statistical-methods-in-imaging-conference-tickets-29081426329
Organized by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biostatistics and Statistics in Imaging Section of the American Statistical Association

Friday, May 5, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S120

Department of Psychiatry Meet the PI Lecture: Thinking Differently about Suicidal Behavior: Decision Processes, Cognitive Deficits, Social Reasoning

Katalin Szanto, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry


Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1:00 PM
328 Mellon Institute

CNBC Special Guest Speaker: Evaluating and Modifying Functional Connectivity in the Ordered and Disordered Brain

Alex Martin, PhD
NIH Senior Investigator and Chief
Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
National Institute of Mental Health
Sponsored by the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)


Monday, April 3, 2017
3:00-4:30 PM
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S120

Pitt Psychiatry Special Guest Speaker: The Hunt for Endophenotypes in Autism and Schizophrenia

John J. Foxe, PhD
Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Chair in Neuroscience
Director, The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience
Professor & Chair, Department of Neuroscience
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Monday, November 28, 2016
12:00-1:00 PM
WPIC Auditorium

Pitt Psychiatry Special Guest Speaker: Big Data Analysis and Genetic Liability to Schizophrenia

Panagiotis Roussos, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry, & Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology
Friedman Brain Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Friday, October 21, 2016
12:00-1:30 PM
WPIC Auditorium

Distinguished Lecture Series: The Topography and Significance of Dopamine Dysfunction in Schizophrenia

Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD
Professor of Psychiatry (in Radiology) at Columbia University Medical Center
Director of the Division of Translational Imaging, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Director of Clinical and Imaging Research, Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research


Friday, September 23, 2016
12:00-1:30 PM
WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Meet the PI Lecture: From Base Camp to the Summit: Understanding Adolescent Brain Trajectories

Beatriz Luna, PhD
Staunton Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology


 

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Outreach

 

January 5, 2017
WPIC Wide Journal Club
A Rationale Reason for Risperidone Response: Can PharmACogenetics Predict Treatment Response in Schizophrenia?

Heide J, Zhang F, Bigos KL, Mann SA, Carr VJ, Shannon Weickert C, Green MJ, Weinberger DR, Vandenberg JI. (2015). Differential Response to Risperidone in Schizophrenia Patients by KCNH2 Genotype and Drug Metabolizer Status. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 Jan;173(1):53-9
Presented by Ian Kratter, MD, PhD (PGY2 General Track Resident)
Chair: Kaleena C. Chilcote, MD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry)
Invited Experts: Drs. James M. Stevenson (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy & Therapeutics) and Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD (Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics)

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.

December 1, 2016
WPIC Wide Journal Club
A Biomarker Panel for Schizophrenia

Chan MK, Krebs MO, Cox D, Guest PC, Yolken RH, Rahmoune H, Rothermundt M, Steiner J, Leweke FM, van Beveren NJ, Niebuhr DW, Weber NS, Cowan DN, Suarez-Pinilla P, Crespo-Facorro B, Mam-Lam-Fook C, Bourgin J, Wenstrup RJ, Kaldate RR, Cooper JD, Bahn S. (2015). Development of a blood-based molecular biomarker test for identification of schizophrenia before disease onset. Transl Psychiatry. 2015 Jul 14;5:e601
Presented by Amy Silberschmidt, MD (PGY2 Child Track Resident)
Chair: Michael J. Travis, MD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry)
Invited Experts: Drs. Peter Bachman (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry) and Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD (Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics)

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 18, 2016
33rd 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. Stephen Marder, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, will present the Gerald E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Lecture on “New Clinical Targets for Improving Functioning in Schizophrenia.”
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