Schizophrenia-37th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference


UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Department of Psychiatry
Comprehensive Recovery Services
Education and Consultative Services 

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization



“37th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference”



Friday, November 13, 2020


Live-streaming Program on ZOOM


8:30 AM to 4:45 PM

ZOOM with check in from 8:00 to 8:30 PM

Program from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM


Zoom links, instructions, and information will be sent out a day prior to the event. 


Course Director:

KN Roy Chengappa, MD



Recovery and Wellness:  The Journey Starts Here

A Joint Effort Sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health Organization and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital


For a full brochure, please click here for discount codes, the agenda, and continuing education/continuing medical education credits!



 The Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference is an annual in person meeting at which the advances in schizophrenia research and treatment are reviewed by experts in the field. In view of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s meeting will utilize a virtual online format.

Our featured speaker is Sir Robin Murray, FRS who is this year’s Hogarty awardee and lecturer.  Sir Robin’s presentation will address cannabis use and its impact on the incidence and presentation of schizophrenia and related disorders. The evidence for Music Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the treatment of persons with schizophrenia will be explicated by two well-known scholars in their respective fields, Drs. Silverman and Lecomte. Internal faculty and staff will describe their valiant and successful efforts in keeping two specialty medication clinics (i.e. clozapine and long acting anti-psychotic injections) open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A quality improvement project to assist long term residential patients overcome severe constipation associated with clozapine use will be described. The use of clozapine over a longer time period in Allegheny County and the clinical outcomes that have emerged will be described by our internal faculty working collaboratively with a team from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy and Allegheny County’s Behavioral Health Data Analytics and Outcomes group.

Attendees will hear from people with serious mental illness who will share their experiences with music to help support their recovery and this will be moderated by a professional music conductor and composer. Breakout rooms during the online conference will feature ongoing research studies, art exhibits by patients, musical performances by patients, and musical performances by physicians.


Educational Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

1. Assess and recognize the efforts of specialty medication clinics in providing clozapine and long acting antipsychotic injection services during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions

2. Recognize the importance of severe constipation and its complications associated with clozapine use and ways to mitigate this risk while continuing clozapine treatment

3. Discuss the impact of cannabis on the incidence and presentation of psychoses

4. Review and assess the evidence for Music Therapy in the treatment of adults with schizophrenia

5. Review and assess the evidence for Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the treatment of persons with schizophrenia

6. Review clinical outcomes associated with the use of clozapine in Allegheny County over a several year period

Who Should Attend:

The conference is designed to disseminate the latest clinical and research findings to a wide audience: psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians, including nurses, social workers, psychologists, service coordinators, researchers, patients and their relatives, mental health policy administrators and others who intend to keep current regarding treatment and research in schizophrenia.

2020 Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Award Winner


Sir Robin MacGregor Murray, FRS

Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry

King’s College London

Fellow of Royal Society

London, UK



Instructions for registering online:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Register Now’ 

  2. If “37th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia…”  appears under ‘Shopping Cart’, click on ‘Checkout’. Think of this as "continue". 

  3. Register as a new registrant or sign in if you already have an account (username is your e-mail). You do not have to answer questions about your health insurance!

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Please direct general questions and requests to pay via a Journal Transfer to Nancy Mundy at [email protected] Full tuition must accompany registration. A $15 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations. No refunds can be issued once the program has begun. Please register by November 9, 2020. 


Please contact Nancy Mundy at [email protected] with any questions.

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