The Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Psychiatry
Invites you to attend the 2011 symposium
Ninth Annual Schizophrenia Education Day
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011
The MGH Schizophrenia Program’s Ninth Annual Schizophrenia Day will offer an update on new research findings and important clinical topics for patients and their families with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic medical condition affecting over two million American adults. While there is no cure for schizophrenia, there are many ways to treat and manage the illness.
In this program, patients and families will learn about important new research related to the genetics and neurobiology of schizophrenia, and how these findings can lead to the development of better treatments and improved outcomes for people living with the illness. A new addition to the program this year will be a presentation focusing on smoking and drug use, as addressing these addictions are critically important to effective treatment. The program will also feature an update on clozapine, which remains the standard for the treatment of patients who do not benefit from other antipsychotic medications, and a presentation from the outcomes from a study of the NAMI Family-to-Family program.
These interactive lectures represent a patient-oriented, yet scientifically based program that will give you straightforward, practical, cutting-edge information to help you make the best decisions for your child. The faculty speakers will be available to answer your questions immediately after their presentations.
The symposium will also include presentations by members of a patient and family panel who will give a first-hand account of their experience with current issues in youth sports.
About the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of seven decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders. The Department of Psychiatry has earned the #1 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey “America’s Best Hospitals” each year since 1996.
The Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program seeks to improve the quality of life for people with this potentially disabling, chronic illness. The program’s mission is to: provide safe, effective, state-of-the-art treatment; facilitate early detection of schizophrenia; and understand the neurobiological basis of schizophrenia. The Annual Schizophrenia Education
Day is part of the program’s educational outreach to individuals affected by the disorder and their families and friends. Through these public education programs, we aim to instill hope, communicate that schizophrenia is a treatable disorder, and provide knowledge that can improve functioning, health, and quality of life. (www2.massgeneral.org/schizophrenia)
Note: All lectures will discuss both unipolar and bipolar depression
Corinne Cather, PhD, Cognitive Behavioral Psychologist, Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School.
Lisa B. Dixon, MD, Director, Division of Services Research; Associate Director for Research, VA Capitol Health Care Network Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center; Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine.
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Attending Psychiatrist, Schizophrenia and Depression Clinical and Research Programs, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, Director, First Episode and Early Psychosis Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical.
Daphne J. Holt, MD, PhD, Associate Director, First Episode and Early Psychosis Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
Robert Birnbaum, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Postgraduate Medical Education, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
John A. Fromson, MD, Associate Director, Postgraduate Medical Education, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Anan Nathif, EdM, Operations Director, MGH Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Rose Desilets, Program Coordinator, MGH Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lesley White, Staff Assistant, MGH Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Location: The Starr Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011
Meals: Morning coffee and tea, as well as a complimentary lunch will be provided.
How to register: Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required and timely arrival is recommended. Please visit www.moodandanxiety.org to register online. If you cannot register online, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 617-724-8318.
Directions:Available at Directions to the Starr Center
Cost: This program is offered at no charge for patients and their families.
How you can Help
Charitable contributions are an increasingly important source of support for research, professional and public education, and clinical care in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our community education programs are made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. We welcome and appreciate contributions of any size, and maintain donor confidentiality at all times.
To make a gift to support the public education programs of the Department of Psychiatry, please contact the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office at 617-726-2200 or visit us online at www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/support. For information on specific needs and giving opportunities, please call the Director of Development for Psychiatry at 617-724-8799.
This free educational program is made possible by generous support from the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.Registration Return to top