40th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference

November 17, 2023

The Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference is typically an annual in-person meeting at which the advances in schizophrenia research and treatment are reviewed by experts in the field. This year’s meeting will utilize a virtual online format.

Note to Western Psychiatric Hospital and UPMC employees:  If your department is paying for your tuition, please have your supervisor complete the department transfer form first before you register.  Click the link:  Here


Target Audience

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.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize peripheral dopamine as a key modulator of pancreatic hormone secretion and its involvement in the metabolic dysfunction produced by antipsychotic medications.
  2. Review and recognize the evidence demonstrating bidirectional relationships between insulin action in the brain and schizophrenia pathophysiology, and how addressing this overlap can lead to newer therapeutic strategies.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the available resources on SMI Adviser’s educational catalog and knowledge base and outline the process of accessing SMI Adviser’s consultation service.
  4. Review the evidence for Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) in aiding recovery in schizophrenia.
  5. Explain risks to patients of COVID, Paxlovid and clozapine toxicity.
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/17/2023 - 8:30am EST
Event ends: 
11/17/2023 - 4:30pm EST



8:30 to 8:45 am               ZOOM Sign-In


8:45 to 9:00 am               Introduction and Background
                                           K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD


9:00 to 10:00 am            Antipsychotic Drugs and their Effects on the Endocrine Functions of the Pancreas.

Zachary Z Freyberg, MD, PhD


10:00 to 10:15 am          Break – visit the Art Show


10:15 to 11:15 am          Insulin, Glucose, and the Brain: What does this mean for persons with Schizophrenia.

Mahavir Agarwal, MBBS, MD, PhD


11:15 to 11:30 pm          Rohan Ganguli – Lifetime Achievement Award

                                           K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD


11:30 to 12:00                 Lorraine Williams scholarships announced
Jessica Gannon, MD


12:00 to 1:00                   Lunch – Visit the Art Show


1:00 to 2:15 pm               Presentation of Hogarty Award                                             

                                           Review of Work – Matcheri Keshavan, MD

                                           Presentation of Plaque– Susan Hogarty, RN, MSN


Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Lecture: 

Advancing Psychosocial Treatment for Schizophrenia

Shaun M. Eack, PhD


2:15 to 3:15 pm              Your Guide to SMI Adviser - Building Community and Advancing Interdisciplinary Care

                                           Robert Cotes, MD, DFAPA


3:15 to 3:30 pm              Break – visit the Art Show


3:30 to 4:15                      Panel - Developing Written Materials for Patients with Schizophrenia on the Effects of COVID-19 infection, Paxlovid Use and Clozapine Levels.                  

                                           Elizabeth Kistler MD, Patrick Frailey MD, Mariel Piechowicz, MD


4:15 to 4:45 pm               Peer Musicians

              Flavio Chamis, Music Director, and Composer


4:55 pm                            Closing Remarks and Adjournment

                                           K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD


All presentations are introductory to intermediate instructional levels.

Virtual via Zoom
United States

Course Director


K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Chief, Comprehensive Recovery Services

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA


2023 Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Award Winner


Shaun M. Eack, PhD
James and Noel Browne Endowed Chair
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, School of Social Work
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA




Mahavir Agarwal, MBBS, MD, PhD

Staff Psychiatrist and Clinician-Scientist

Medical Head, Clinical Research

Schizophrenia Division, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto


Zachary Z Freyberg, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Cell Biology

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA


Robert Cotes, MD, DFAPA

Physician Expert, SMI Adviser

Associate Professor

Director, Clinical & Research Program for Psychosis at Grady Health System

Director, Project ARROW

Emory University School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Elizabeth A Kistler, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Patrick Frailey, MD

Psychiatry Residency PGY4

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital


Mariel Piechowicz, MD

Psychiatry Residency PGY4

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital


Rohan Ganguli, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

Chair, Department of Psychiatry, UPMC Mercy Hospital

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry & Public Health, University of Toronto


Jessica M. Gannon, MD

Medical Director of WPH Ambulatory eRecord

Medical Director of the CRS Ambulatory Clinics

CRS Director of Education and Training

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Attending Psychiatrist, Western Psychiatric Hospital UPMC

Pittsburgh, PA


Susan Hogarty, RN, MSN
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Research Program Administrator
ASCEND Program
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA



Flavio Chamis

Composer, Conductor, Educator, Music Consultant and Producer

Pittsburgh, PA

Continuing Education Credit


In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association.  University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 5.25 continuing education credits.


Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 5.0 continuing education credits.



Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This conference is approved for 5.25 hours.


Other Healthcare Professionals

Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded maximum of .525 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for this day of the conference. One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.  Nurses:  For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming a maximum of up to 5.25 hours of continuing education for this day of the conference.  These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. 


  • Please retain your certificates in a safe place. Replacements cost $30 for those that come from our office (Gen. CEU; NCC).
  • Participants requesting Continuing Education credits must attend the entire day. Variable credits are not provided. Your attendance is recorded on the Zoom attendance list.
  • Although the evaluation is not mandatory, we appreciate your participation. Please expect the certificates from our office in four to six weeks post-conference. Those obtained from the registration site can be accessed immediately.


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