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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.”

October 19-21, 2016
Science 2016—Game Changers
Spotlight Session 13: Understanding Schizophrenia

The University of Pittsburgh’s 16th annual celebration of science and technology, is planned for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 19–21 October, at Alumni Hall and Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. Three full days of great science presentations by some of Pittsburgh’s leading researchers are planned, as are keynote lectures by distinguished guest scientists. Also featured will be exhibits, poster sessions, a career development workshop, a new technology showcase, networking opportunities, and more. Spotlight Session 13 will feature Dr. Lewis presenting on “Molecular Mechanisms of Cortical Dendritic Spine Deficits in Schizophrenia,” Dr. Volk presenting on “Mechanisms of Immune Activation in the Brain in Schizophrenia,” along with Drs. Bernanrd Devlin and Madhavi Ganapathiraju, with Dr. Anthony Grace moderating.

September 22, 2016
WPIC Wide Journal Club
Schizophrenia: Biological Link to the Immune System

Sekar et al., Schizophrenia Risk from Complex Variation of Complement Component 4, Nature. 2016 Feb 11; 530(7589): 177–183.
Presented by Gil Hoftman, MD, PhD (PGY2 Child Track Resident)
Chair: Hader A. Mansour, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry)
Invited Experts: Drs. David Volk (CTMHR Project 1 Co-Investigator) 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.
Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research
Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH103204)

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