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2017 Schizophrenia Center Annual Symposium

June 07, 2017 | 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Our symposium brings together world-renowned experts in psychiatry and neuroscience whose areas of expertise are diverse yet complementary, towards better care and eventual cure of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. This year, the speakers will present their cutting-edge and multidisciplinary approaches, including those that interface among molecular neuroscience, biomedical engineering, public outreach, and clinical psychiatry. Furthermore, we will hold an open panel discussion with both our invited speakers and experts at Johns Hopkins, and a round-table lunch discussions with the speakers. Through this symposium, we hope to translate the efforts of the lab bench to the bedside, and eventually to society by discussing and addressing schizophrenia and other mental illnesses from both clinical and scientific standpoints.

Activity Director
Akira Sawa, MD, PhD
Professor and Director,
Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Sommer Hall
The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

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Register online

(Lunch will be available for pre-registered participants only)


Breakfast starts at 8:00 AM

Welcome (8:30 AM - 8:50 AM)

Speaker 1 (8:50 AM - 9:35 AM)

Anita Smith Everett, MD, DFAPA
Chief Medical Officer,
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (​SAMHSA)
“Innovations in Optimising the Treatment of Schizophrenia”

Speaker 2 (9:35 AM - 10:20 AM)

Larry Young, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition, Emory University
“Oxytocin and Social Attachment: Implications for Psychiatry”

Break (10:20 AM - 10:40 AM)

Speaker 3 (10:40 AM - 11:25 AM)

Laura Pogliano
Director, Parents for Care
Baltimore, MD
"Schizophrenia, a Love Story"

Speaker 4 (11:25 AM - 12:10 PM)

Mark Schnitzer, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Applied Physics, Stanford University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (HHMI)
"Neural ensemble codes underlying long-term associative memory"

Lunch (12:10 PM - 1:10 PM)

Round-Table Lunch Discussion with speakers for selected participants.

Speaker 5 (1:10 PM - 1:55 PM)
Joshua A Gordon, MD, PhD
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
“From gene to behavior in a mouse model of the 22q11 microdeletion syndrome”

Panel Discussion (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

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