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Meet the PI Lecture January 11, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

The Enemies Within and the Enemies Without: 
The Roots of Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia

   Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD  
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics
University of Pittsburgh





Dr. Nimgaonkar directs the Program for Genetics and Psychoses (PGP) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.  Under Dr. Nimgaonkar's direction, the PGP has been investigating the genetic causes of psychotic disorders for over 12 years. He and his colleagues have worked closely with patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorders and their family members in order to identify candidate genes/regions that may contribute to the development of these disorders and affect response to treatment. The PGP is pursuing genetic epidemiological research along a variety of avenues. These projects include standard linkage and association mapping in large samples recruited in the USA and India, innovative projects exploring gene-environmental interactions, the investigation of the functional impact of putative risk alleles in vitro and in vivo.  In addition to his significant research activities and his clinical duties, Dr. Nimgaonkar is dedicated to the training of future generations of clinician-educators and research scientists, and serves as a mentor to numerous students, trainees and junior faculty.

Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of the lecture, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia.
  2. Understand the genetic and environmental risk factors for the cognitive impairment.
  3. Understand the pathogenesis of brain infection due to Herpes Simplex, virus type 1.

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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