Stress and Schizophrenia: Susceptibility in the Developing Brain


Stress and Schizophrenia: Susceptibility in the Developing Brain

Anthony Grace, PhD Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Please join us on February 1st for a Special Guest Lecture by Anthony Grace, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Anthony Grace
                                     Anthony Grace, PhD

Dr. Grace has been involved in translational research related to the dopamine system for over 40 years. His early work pioneered the mode of action of antipsychotic drugs and the identification and characterization of dopamine-containing neurons. Currently, Dr. Grace’s  work involves the role of stress in pathophysiology, novel treatments for schizophrenia and its prevention, and the role of dopamine in affective disorders.  He has published more than 300 articles and is cited more than 38,000 times (H index 99). Dr. Grace has received several awards for his research, including the William K. Warren Award for Excellence in Schizophrenia Research, the Paul Janssen Schizophrenia Research Award and the Lilly Basic Scientist Award from the CINP, the Efron Award and the Axelrod Award from the ACNP, the Gold Medal award from the SOBP, and the Outstanding Basic Research award from the SIRS. Dr. Grace is one of a handful of individuals that not only performs important basic research, but can to integrate this work into testable models relevant to the human condition.

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.

Location. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium.

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick (Telephone: 412-246-6787; Email:

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

  1. Discuss the importance of stress and timing in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.

  2. Understand the circuitry involved in susceptibility to schizophrenia and the impact of stress. 

  3. Describe the cellular elements susceptible to stress and how this changes across development.

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.  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.
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC’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.