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- Dinner starts at 7:00 pm.
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Vulnerability, adolescent brain development, and the emergence of psychosis
Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders typically have their onset during late adolescence or young adulthood. While the specific origins are still unknown, researchers are gaining new insights by studying brain changes that occur during adolescence and prior to the first sign of clinical symptoms. The findings from this research are providing new insights into both normal and abnormal brain development, and are setting the stage for clinical trials of preventive intervention.
This presentation will provide an overview of the congenital origins of vulnerability to psychosis, from molecular genetics to psychosocial stress, and describe the nature and trajectory of the brain mechanisms that appear to give rise to the first psychotic episode.
About our speaker
Dr. Elaine Walker is a Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Emory University. She has studied the precursors and neural mechanisms involved in psychosis for most of her career. Dr. Walker is currently a collaborator in an international NIMH project aimed at the identification of risk factors and biomarkers of psychosis onset.