Psychotic Disorders: Current Concepts and Therapeutics

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 2:00 pm EST
Meet the Scientist - February 2018

Our traditional ways of diagnosing and classifying brain and behavior disorders do not fully capture their complexities. There are many differences among people who receive the same diagnosis and most symptoms found in a disorder such as schizophrenia are also found in other disorders. Dr. Carpenter, a leading researcher, world authority on schizophrenia, and chair of the Psychosis Work Group for DSM-5 explained how a "disease" differs from a "clinical syndrome." He discussed how the parsing of the category "schizophrenia" in terms of its clinical manifestations is key to advancing understanding of causes and the discovery of new therapies.

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Presented by 
William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D.
William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D.
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology

Scientific Council Member (Joined 1986)

2008, 2001, 1996 Distinguished Investigator Grant

2000 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research

Dr. Carpenter’s major research interest is severe mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. His approach to the care and study of patients encompasses a medical model integrating biological, psychological and social data pertinent to diagnosis, treatment and etiology. His work has led to fundamental contributions in psychopathology, assessment methodology, testing of new treatments and research ethics. His current research is on integrating animal, human and clinical models to develop novel therapeutics.

Dr. Carpenter began his research at the National Institute of Mental Health and then collaborated in the World Health Organization International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia. Dr. Carpenter gave expert testimony in the cases of U.S. v. John Hinckley and Rennie et al v. New Jersey. In 1989, he was a member of the State Department delegation to inspect the political use of psychiatry in the Soviet Union.

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy Award-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.