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Drs. Bruce Rabin and Michael F. Pogue-Geile both present from the 32nd Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize and teach others the deep breathing technique to rapidly lower the concentration of stress hormones when experiencing an acute stressor
  • Help patients implement the lifestyle techniques that counteract the clinical symptoms of mild and moderate depression.
  • Counsel patients who have experienced early life adverse experiences regarding the effects of these early life events on their long term mental and physical health.
  • Recognize the overall importance of genetic variation as a cause of schizophrenia.
  • Recognize an implication of recent Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) of schizophrenia.
  • Recognize the definition of “Endophenotype”.

Reading Resources:

  1. Busch VMagerl WKern UHaas JHajak GEichhammer P. The effect of deep and slow breathing on pain perception, autonomic activity, and mood processing--an experimental study. Pain Med. 2012; 13: 215-28.
  2. Shors TJOlson RLBates MESelby EAAlderman BL. Mental and Physical (MAP) Training: a neurogenesis-inspired intervention that enhances health in humans.2014; Neurobiol Learn Mem. 115: 3-9.
  3. Gilbert LKBreiding MJMerrick MTThompson WWFord DCDhingra SS. Childhood adversity and adult chronic disease: an update from ten states and the District of Columbia, 2010. Am J Prev Med.  2015;48:3459.


Drs. Rabin and Pogue-Geile have reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.125) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.25 contact hour.

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Release Date: 2/24/2016 | Last Modified On: 2/24/2016 | Expires: 2/24/2017

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