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Judith Ford, PhD October 19, 2012, 12:00 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Bridging the Gap between Neuroscience and Psychiatry:  Studies of the Corollary Discharge Mechanism in Psychosis 


Judith Ford, PhD
Professor in Residence
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco



Dr. Ford’s research focuses on brain imaging (fMRI and EEG) in schizophrenia.  Her laboratory at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has over 35 years of experience with event-related potentials, and several years of experience with fMRI.  More recently, she and her colleagues have begun to conduct time-frequency analyses of EEG using methods and algorithms similar to those used by bench neuroscientists.  These methods open the door to translational neuroscience and collaborations with investigators using in vivo and in vitro methods. The Ford Laboratory continues to try to integrate data across imaging modalities- EEG and fMRI and plans to add MEG through collaborations with other neuroscientists at UCSF. 

 Learning Objectives: After attending this session, learners will be able to: 

  1. Convey the facts about the corollary discharge system, a basic neural mechanism, that all animals use to suppress sensations resulting from their own actions and tag as coming from "self";

  2. Understand data showing that this mechanism is disrupted in schizophrenia

  3. Discuss evidence that disruption of this mechanism may underlie psychosis, across diagnostic boundaries.



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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