Neural Basis of Healthy Cognition and the Pathophysiology of Disturbances in Higher Cognition and Emotion


Neural Basis of Healthy Cognition and the Pathophysiology of Disturbances in Higher Cognition and Emotion

Cameron Carter, MD Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director, Imaging Research Center, University of California at Davis

The Department of Psychiatry welcomes Cameron Carter, MD from the University California at Davis to Pittsburgh on March 6th as part of the Distinguished Scientist Lecture series.

The Carter Laboratory focuses on neural mechanisms of attention, memory and cognitive control, and on the pathophysiological processes underlying clinical disorders that involve the cognitive, emotional and social processes governed by the neural circuitry supporting these systems in the brain. Dr. Carter's research integrates behavioral, computational, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI, PET, EEG) along with neuromodulation using pharmacology and brain stimulation (tDCS). He is particularly interested in the relative contribution of the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate to executive processes and the interaction of this circuitry with related brain circuitry involved in motivation, attention and learning and memory. A second avenue of research focuses on the pathophysiology of disturbances in cognition in mental disorders such as schizophrenia and OCD, with the goal of developing biomarkers for early identification and precision medicine and more effective therapies which can improve patients' ability to recover from their illness. Dr. Carter and his colleagues are also involved in the development of new treatments for cognitive disability in schizophrenia and other brain disorders. This work includes translational research focused on the role of altered neuroimmune mechanisms in developmental disruptions of brain connectivity that underlie risk for psychosis and other serious mental illness. This work is supported by an NIMH Conte Center.

Date & Time. March 6, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium

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

  1. Analyze the literature associating alterations in brain development beginning early in life and risk for serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.

  2. Assess of the role of environmental risk factors such as maternal infections and other causes of maternal immune activation and risk for serious mental illness such as schizophrenia.

  3. Discuss the mechanisms by which material immune activation might lead to changes in brain development and cognitive and behavioral abnormalities emerging in adolescence in schizophrenia.

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick at

The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
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. WPH is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. WPH maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital's Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist.  These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT renewal.  For more information, call (412) 204-9085.