General Meeting - Monday, April 15 - 7 p.m. Advances in Psychosis Risk Prediction

Advances in Psychosis Risk Prediction

Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying the Transition to Psychosis 
in At-Risk Individuals
 

TOPIC:  Dr. Mathalon is returning to update us in the advances made in predicting risk for psychosis.  He will explore what is currently known about changes in the brain associated with the transition to psychosis in individuals with the psychosis-risk syndrome.  Learn: 

  • What is the psychosis-risk syndrome and how is it distinguished from psychosis itself?

  • How often does the psychosis-risk syndrome progress to full-blown psychotic disorders like schizophrenia? 

SPEAKER:  Daniel Mathalon, Ph.D., M.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.  He directs the Early Psychosis Program at UCSF and the Brain Imaging and EEG Laboratory located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he also serves as Chief of General Psychiatric Outpatient Services. 

Dr. Mathalon received a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Psychology from Indiana University, and an M.D. from Stanford University.  He completed his psychiatric residency training and a research fellowship in Psychophysiology at Stanford University.  Following this training, he joined the Psychiatry faculty at Yale University, and after 8 years, he moved to his current position at UCSF. 

Dr. Mathalon uses EEG and MRI based measures to study brain dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia.  A major focus of his work has been to identify neurophysiological biomarkers of risk for schizophrenia among individuals exhibiting putatively prodromal symptoms. Current efforts are focused on examining abnormalities in neural plasticity as a basis for gray matter loss and neurocognitive impairments in schizophrenia.

LOCATION:  San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael, CA 94901 (the building nearest Andersen Dr., between 2nd St. and Andersen Drive).  Meeting room is off the lobby.  Free parking lot (after 6pm) on west side of street.

This is a no fee event, open to the general public.

Kelli Finley