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Special Guest Lecture April 3, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S120

The Hunt for Endophenotypes in Autism and Schizophrenia 


  John J. Foxe, PhD
  Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Chair in Neuroscience
  Director, Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience
  Professor & Chair, Department of Neuroscience
  University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

 

 

 


Dr. Foxe is a translational researcher studying the basic neurophysiology of a variety of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions. His work places special emphasis on the identification of endophenotypic markers in childhood neuropsychiatric diseases and in the linking of these biomarkers to the underlying genotype. Prior to his appointment at the University of Rochester, Dr. Foxe held faculty appointments at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the City College of New York. Dr. Foxe’s lab employs an integrated multi-methodological approach to issues in the cognitive neurosciences, using structural and functional neuroimaging, high-density electrophysiology, imaging genomics, eye tracking, psychophysics and virtual reality to understand the neural bases of sensory-perceptual and cognitive functions. The work is translational at its core in that it employs an equal mix of basic-science projects in healthy individuals with clinical studies in patient populations. The core mission of the lab is to understand the underlying neurobiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, with specific emphases on Autism and Schizophrenia, with the goal of developing more effective treatments and interventions through establishing basic knowledge. 

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

  1. Understand the basic neurophysiology of multisensory integration processes and how they may go awry in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  2. Understand that early sensory processing in the visual system is disordered in Schizophrenia and that these deficits may be endophenotypic.
  3. Appreciate the concept and potential promise of a multivariate endophenotypic approach to assaying risk for neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions. 

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. 

For more information regarding this lecture, please contact Frances Patrick at patrickfm@upmc.edu