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Meet the PI Lecture February 7, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Psychobiology of Suicidal Behavior in Borderline Personality Disorder

 Paul H. Soloff, MD
 Professor of Psychiatry
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine







Paul H. Soloff, MD received his medical training at the University of Pittsburgh, interned in medicine at the University of Michigan and completed his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School.  For over 30 years, he has been actively involved in clinical research involving patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). His recent research addresses the clinical, psychosocial and biologic mediators of suicidal behavior in BPD. With support from NIMH and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, he has conducted neuroimaging investigations in BPD using MRI, PET and f-MRI techniques to identify biological mediators of impulsive, aggressive, and suicidal behaviors in BPD. 

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

  1. Appreciate neurobiologic contributions to personality traits which increase suicidal risk.
  2. Identify  structural (MRI), metabolic (PET), and functional (fMRI) neuroimaging results in BPD which may contribute a biologic  diathesis to suicidal behavior.   
  3. Understand neuroimaging approaches to studying  impulsive-aggression and emotion dysregulation, two important risk factors for suicidal behavior in BPD. 

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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