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WCPG 2014—Phenotypes and Families in Mind
30 October 2014. Rare variants revealed by sequencing have compelled researchers to get “back to basics” by analyzing family pedigrees...
 
WCPG 2014—Smoothing the Way to the Clinic
24 October 2014. Even as researchers gain traction on the genes involved in schizophrenia, turning these discoveries into clinically actionable information faces plenty of challenges...
 
Unpacking the "Placebo Problem" in Antipsychotic Drug Trials
21 October 2014. A large meta-analysis identifies factors to blame for the troubling increase in placebo response...
 
 
 
 
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Webinar: Cognition and Treatment Resistance in Schizophrenia
Philip Harvey
On Monday, November 10, at 12:00 Eastern US time, SRF will join with the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research in the first of a series of webinars on psychosis research. Our discussion of cognition and treatment resistance will be led by Philip Harvey of the University of Miami, who will be joined by panelists Deanna Barch of Washington University, James Gold of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and Richard Keefe of Duke University. Check
the webinar page for a link to register, which will be coming soon. We invite you to submit any comments on the discussion text and topic, and any questions you would like the panelists to address. Image courtesy of Philip Harvey
Braff and Sullivan Win Lieber Prize
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has announced their 2014 awards, and David Braff of UCSD and Patrick Sullivan of UNC-Chapel Hill share this year's Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research. Braff is recognized for his work that ranges widely from imaging and genetics to biomarkers and psychosocial treatments, and Sullivan is noted for his work in genetics of different psychiatric disorders, particularly his spearheading of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. They will be honored at the Foundation's Annual National Awards Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on Friday, October 25.

The other 2014 recipients are:
  • Wayne Drevets, Johnson & Johnson, and Fritz Henn, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Colvin Prize for Mood Disorders Research
  • Anita Thapar, Cardiff University: Ruane Prize for Child Psychiatric Disorders Research
  • Richard Huganir, Johns Hopkins University: Goldman-Rakic Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Gregory Light, UCSD, and Stephan Ripke, Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin: Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Schizophrenia Research
Images courtesy of UCSD and UNC-CH
Genetics Smorgasbord in Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen
It's difficult to resist using "smorgasbord" in descriptions of any meeting in Scandinavia, even if the term is specifically Swedish. We should perhaps use the Danish "det kolde bord" to describe the wide variety of research on offer at the 2014 World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics in Copenhagen. Michele Solis attended the October 12-16 meeting and will file a
series of reports for those of you who were not able to attend, or who couldn't get to every session you wanted to (or who succumbed to jet lag and napped through some talks!). You can also get a more vivid impression of the meeting by checking out the Twitter conversation and the photos tweeted by participants. Image courtesy of ISPG
Q&A With Michael O'Donovan on Landmark Schizophrenia GWAS
Michael O'Donovan
The publication of the biggest genomewide association study in schizophrenia recently drew much attention (and some commentary at SRF). We followed up with lead author Michael O'Donovan to ask some questions about the ongoing Psychiatric Genome Consortium schizophrenia effort and how to follow up on the >100 associations with common variants already in hand. Read the interview and offer any comments or questions you have.
Welcome to the Schizophrenia Research Forum!
Welcome to the Schizophrenia Research Forum website—a virtual community for science about schizophrenia and related disorders. Our Mission is to help researchers in their quest for causes, improved treatments, and better understanding of schizophrenia. Read more about ways to browse the site.
 
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Comments - Posted 24 October 2014
Read remarks by Tobias Bast about Jackson J et al.
NEWS: Rethinking the Hippocampus
 
Jobs - Posted 21 October 2014
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience/Neural Signal Processing: Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Jobs - Posted 21 October 2014
Assistant Professor of Psychology: The University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
Jobs - Posted 21 October 2014
Postdoctoral Researcher: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Jobs - Posted 21 October 2014
Postdoctoral Position: University of California, Los Angeles, Fuster Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Los Angeles, California.
 
Comments - Posted 17 October 2014
Read remarks by Anna Need
NEWS: Genomics Smorgasbord: Varied Samplings for Schizophrenia
October 30, 2014
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