SOPSI 2015 Jeffrey Lieberman, the pathogenesis of psychosis

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Prof Lieberman opens the works of the SOPSI 2015 Congress in Milan with this speech about the pathogenesis of psychosis.

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., is the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He also holds the Lieber Chair for Schizophrenia Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia and serves as Psychiatrist in Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Lieberman received his medical degree from the George Washington School of Medicine in 1975. Following his postgraduate training in psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York Medical College, he was on the faculties of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to moving to Columbia University, he was Vice Chairman for Research and Scientific Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Mental Health and Neuroscience Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Dr. Lieberman’s research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the NARSAD, Stanley, and Mental Illness Foundations and has focused on the neurobiology, pharmacology and treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. In this context, his work has advanced our understanding of the natural history and pathophysiology of schizophrenia and the pharmacology and clinical effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs. In terms of the latter, he served as Principal Investigator of the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness Research Program (CATIE), sponsored by the NIMH. He also currently serves as Principal Investigator on the newly awarded NIMH contract Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenic Episode (RAISE) and will lead a multi-institution research team in developing and testing an evidence-based strategic intervention for early psychosis to demonstrate how treatment at the onset of symptoms can prevent the debilitating effects of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.

His work has been reported in more than 450 articles in the scientific literature and he has edited or co-edited 12 books, including the textbook Psychiatry, currently in its third edition; Textbook of Schizophrenia, Comprehensive Care of Schizophrenia; Psychiatric Drugs; and Ethics in Psychiatric Research: A Resource Manual on Human Subjects Protection. He also serves, or has served, as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Schizophrenia Research, Neuroimage, International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Dr. Lieberman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a recipient of the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research from NARSAD, the Adolph Meyer Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Stanley R. Dean Award for Schizophrenia Research from the American College of Psychiatry, the APA Research Award, the APA Kempf Award for Research in Psychobiology, the APA Gralnick Award for Schizophrenia Research, the Ziskind-Somerfeld Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the Ernest Strecker Award of the University of Pennsylvania, the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, and the Lilly Neuroscience Award from the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum for Clinical Research. He is or has been a member of the advisory committee for Neuropharmacologic and Psychopharmacologic Drugs of the Food and Drug Administration, the Planning Board for the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, the Committee on Research on Psychiatric Treatments of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the APA Work Group for the Development of Schizophrenia Treatment Guidelines, the Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience Review Committee, and the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is currently Vice President of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP) and chairs the Council on Research and Quality Care for the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

He resides with his wife and two sons in New York City.

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