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October 7-9, 2015
Science 2015—Unleashed!
Spotlight Session 1: About the Brain

The University of Pittsburgh’s 15th annual celebration of science and technology, is planned for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7–9 October, at Alumni Hall. 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 1 will feature Dr. Lewis presenting on “Cannabis, Cognition, and Schizophrenia: The Role of Cortical Circuitry Development” along with Drs. Susanne Ahmari, Robert Friedlander and Timothy Greenamyre with Dr. Peter Strick moderating.

February 11 & 24, 2015
“Schizophrenia NeuroJeopardy”
Center for Neuroscience University of Pittsburgh

Each year, the Center for Neuroscience University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) Science Outreach Committee travels to local middle and high schools to present interactive stations in order to teach kids about neuroscience. Jill Glausier, PhD, a member of the committee since 2009, developed and hosts “Schizophrenia NeuroJeopardy,” a game show schoolchildren play to learn about the causes and symptoms of schizophrenia, as well as dispelling myths about schizophrenia. So far this year, she’s hosted “Schizophrenia NeuroJeopardy” at North Hills Senior High School to a class of 90 children in grades 9–10 and at North Allegheny Intermediate High School to a class of 50 children in grades 9–10.

December 12, 2014
31st Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference
The Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference is an annual meeting at which advances in schizophrenia research are reviewed by experts in the field. This year’s meeting will cover a range of topics, including the relationship between mental disorder and violence, smoking cessation for those with serious mental illness and use of anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of schizophrenia. A panel of persons with schizophrenia, their family members, and others will discuss UPMC’s permanent supportive housing programs for homeless individuals and families.

October 8, 2014
WPIC Videoconference Series
Psychotic Disorders: Treatment Update

Current approaches to treatment for individuals with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders will be reviewed, with a focus on new developments in biological and psychosocial approaches. Over the past few years, a number of new treatments have been developed and applied, including new medications, innovative psychotherapies, cognitive remediation, and systems approaches designed to improve outcome for individuals and families. New therapeutic approaches will be discussed, along with how they integrate into existing standards of care for patients with primary psychotic disorders.
Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research
Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH103204)

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