The Silvio O. Conte center dopamine dysfunction in Schizophrenia

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Education and Outreach for the Public

The Conte Center has made outreach and education of the general public about research in schizophrenia an important focus. Together with Laurie Flynn, the Director of External Relations for the Department of Psychiatry, as well as National Executive Director of the Columbia TeenScreen Program, we have developed a comprehensive approach that disseminates science-based information to the public both locally as well as nationally. These include,presentation at the annual schizophrenia conference organized by Martin Willick, M.D., who as the father of a patient with schizophrenia has made it a priority to provide education and information about schizophrenia, its treatment and its effects on families. The conference takes place at Columbia University and is geared to the needs of family members and patients, as well as to mental health professionals. Visitors will be able to access summaries of current research projects and current publications and send e-mails to investigators regarding their research projects. Selected seminars and lectures given by Center investigators locally or at national meetings will be posted on this website. In addition, we will also participate in media interviews, research forums and other public awareness outreach events to provide information about the Center's mission and progress.



The Clinical studies of the Conte Center are always performed on a voluntary basis. If you are interested in participating in one of our studies you are welcome to contact us. Information about other study participant opportunities at the NYSPI can also be found on the NYSPI webpage.
Our laboratories also accept volunteers who would like to gain hands on experience with schizophrenia research. Please inquire for available opportunitites at the Department for Volunteer Services.

Training and Career Development for Proffessionals

Columbia University is a major site for training new investigators in schizophrenia research and the Center will enhance these training programs. The centerpiece of the training program is the NIMH-funded Schizophrenia Research Fellowship Training Program co-directed by Jonathan Javitch and Anissa Abi-Dargham. In addition, we provide training for medical student research, supervised clinical training of medical students during both required and elective Psychiatry rotations; future epidemiologists enrolled in programs at the Columbia University School of Public Health; Psychology interns, externs, and pre- and post-doctoral students; social workers, occupational therapists, and nursing students.

Besides formal training programs, we have biweekly seminars for the Lieber Center for schizophrenia research. Presenters are scientists from Columbia University and other institutions who work in clinical, basic or imaging research. Drs. Javitch and Abi-Dargham are also co-organizers of this series of seminars. These meetings are well attended by trainees, including MDs, PhDs, 4th year medical students and PhD students.


External Advisory Board

An External Advisory Board has been assembled to provide feedback and consultation on ongoing research from outside sources. The panel has been carefully selected to include members with expertise in molecular biology, genetics, neuroimaging, dopamine biology, neuropsychology, and psychopharmacology. The Conte Center sends updates on progress to the External Advisory Board. In addition, Center investigators meet annually with the External Advisory Board to make formal presentations and receive feedback.

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