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Meet the PI Lecture January 6, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S120

A New Map of the Road to Recovery in Schizophrenia

 Robert A. Sweet, MD 
 UPMC Endowed Professor in Psychiatric Neuroscience
 and Professor of Neurology
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine





Dr. Sweet is the UPMC Endowed Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as the Director of the Clinical Core of the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center and directs the NIMH-funded postdoctoral training program emphasizing Translational Neuroscience Research: “Training for Transformative Discovery in Psychiatry”. In addition, Dr. Sweet is Co-Associate Director for Research at the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Dr. Sweet is a former member of the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Sweet’s honors include: Alpha Omega Alpha; Distinguished Teacher Award from Albany Medical College Department of Psychiatry; Scientist Development Award for Clinicians from the National Institute of Mental Health; Chair, Program Committee for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 15th Annual Meeting; Fellow, American College of Neuropharmacology; Founding Member, International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology; First Place, 2002 Research Award in Psychogeriatrics from the International Psychogeriatric Association; Turken Lectureship from the Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles; Mentorship Award from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry, and; American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Sweet’s lab investigates the mechanisms leading to the joint liability to cognitive and psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer disease and schizophrenia, using a variety of approaches including genomic, human brain tissue, genetic animal model, and in vitro studies.

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

  1. Describe the contribution of altered auditory processing to symptoms in schizophrenia.
  2. Identify molecular factors contributing to altered auditory cortex structure and function in schizophrenia.
  3. Describe the role of microtubule-associated proteins in synaptic impairments.

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 CreditsTM.  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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