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Program Details

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. (

The MGH Psychiatry Academy (MGH-PA) was launched in 2005 to bring high-quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. Since 2008 the MGH-PA has had more than 20,000 healthcare providers participate in live symposia and on-line activities.
In 2010, the MGH-PA assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The MGH-PA now provides education to individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help those in need work with their healthcare professional toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment strategies. ( and


Note: All lectures will discuss both unipolar and bipolar depression

9:15AM - 10:00 Check-in
10:00-10:10 AM Welcome and Introduction
John Fromson, MD
George Handran, Esq., Trustee
Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation
10:10-10:40 AM The Neurobiology of Schizophrenia
Daphne Holt, MD, PhD
10:40-10:55 AM Questions and Answers
10:55-11:25 AM Outcomes of a Randomized Study of the Family-to-Family Program.
Lisa Dixon, MD
11:25-11:40 AM Questions and Answers
11:40-11:55 AM Patient and Family Collaborative Care Survey
11:55 AM- 12:45PM Lunch
12:45 PM- 1:30 PM Patient and Family Panel
1:30 PM-1:45 PM Questions and Answers
1:45PM-2:15 PM An Update on Clozapine
Oliver Freudenreich, MD
2:15 PM-2:30 PM Questions and Answers
2:30PM- 3:00 PM Cigarette Smoking and Substance Abuse in Schizophrenia
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH; Corinne Cather, PhD
3:00PM - 3:15PM Questions and Answers
3:15PM Program Adjourns


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.

Program Organizers

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

Program Details

Location: The Starr Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011

Check-in: 9:15 - 10:00 am
Program: 10:00 am - 3:15 pm

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 to register online. If you cannot register online, you may email us at, or call us at 617-724-8318.

Public Transportation:
MBTA Red Line (to Charles/MGH), Green Line (to Government Center) or Orange Line (to North Station).

Free Parking will be available, with validation, at the Massachusetts General Hospital parking garages only (Fruit Street, Parkman Street, and Yawkey Garages). To validate your ticket, bring it with you to the registration desk when you check in. Unfortunately, we will not be able to validate parking at the Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge Street. Note that parking at 185 Cambridge Street is very expensive.

Directions:Available at Directions to the Starr Center

Cost: This program is offered at no charge for patients and their families.

Telephone: 617-724-8318

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 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.

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