2013 Annual Conference Pre
Conference will run as scheduled.
Registration begins at 8:30 am and adjournment at 3:30 pm.
The 2013 Annual NAMI New Jersey Conference “Pathways to Recovery: Treatment Options & Approaches” will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Monroe in Jamesburg, NJ. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9:30 am.
The Assistant Commissioner will provide an overview of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Jay A. Tischfield, PhD, FFACMG, Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Scientific Director & CEO, RUCDR, Executive Director, Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey
Genomics and genomics technologies are changing our views about the origins of some mental disorders. In the last five years researchers have established a genetic basis for a significant proportion of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism and other disorders. We now know that these diseases can arise from a multitude of genetic (DNA) variations that are either inherited or newly occurring. We also know that diseases such as schizophrenia, autism and Tourette syndrome can arise from variants in many different genes, rather than having a common genetic causation. The challenge is to understand how these many distinct variations can lead to the common symptoms characteristic of each disorder. New research with stem cells induced from blood or skin of patients may shed light on disease mechanisms and allow a new era in drug development. The National Institute of Mental Health Center for Collaborative Genomic Research on Mental Disorders, headquartered at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey serves to coordinate national research efforts in all of these areas.
Steven Silverstein, Ph.D. & Robert Stern, M.D.
These distinguished experts will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of two initiatives to improve diagnosis and treatment of mental illness: the American Psychiatric Association’s fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project.
This special luncheon panel on using the arts to promote awareness, fight stigma and enable recovery is a response to the White House call for a National Dialogue on Mental Health. This panel will be moderated by Celina Gray, the Acting Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA). The panel presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion.
Concurrent Workshops (2:00 – 3:30pm)
All conference registration fees are non-refundable.
This Conference is made possible by our sponsors