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Duncan Clark, MD, PhD November 9, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Meet the PI Lecture

Adolescent Substance Use Disorders and Brain Development

Duncan Clark, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Clark is a nationally recognized scholar studying the etiology and consequences of adolescent substance use disorders. In 1990, Dr. Clark and his colleagues started the first NIH funded research center on alcohol use disorders in adolescence. In 2000, Dr. Clark and colleagues published the first study using neuroimaging techniques to examine brain characteristics in adolescents with alcohol use disorders. In recent years, Dr. Clark and his colleagues have continued this line of research and have helped guide this field.

With support from four NIH institutes, Dr. Clark, colleagues at University of Pittsburgh and scholars from four other research institutions, are now initiating the most definitive project to date to determine the effects of alcohol and other drugs on adolescent brain development..  

 Learning Objectives. Following the lecture, participants will be able to:


  1. Participants will be able to identify approaches that have been utilized to explore the relationships among risk factors, substance use and adolescent brain development.  
  2. participants will be able to describe the status of research on adolescent substance use disorders and brain development. 
  3. Participants will be able to identify approaches that will be applied to determine the extent to which adolescent substance use influences adolescent brain development.

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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