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Scientific Pre-Conference
Presented by EPION and CCEIP

Date: May 15, 2017

Location: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel

Building Success Together
from Knowledge to Innovation

Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel
5875 Airport Rd
Mississauga, ON L4V 1N1

Conference:
May May 15 | 10:00 - 16:30

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EPION and the Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis (CCEIP) are partnering to offer a special scientific pre-conference session for psychiatrists, psychologists, clinicians and program leadership.
During this conference you will:
  1. Apply new clinical tools developed specifically for early phase psychosis intervention
  2. Identify solutions to barriers in consideration of the integration of clinical tools into everyday workflow.
  3. Identify clients who would benefit from a documented formal assessment of:
    • Relapse Risk – Ashok Malla
    • Appropriate Antipsychotic Therapy – Ofer Agid
    • Medication Side Effects – Phil Tibbo
    • Client Acceptance – Howard Margolese

Plenary Speakers

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    Ofer Agid
    Ofer Agid, MD, FRCPC

    Staff Psychiatrist, Clinician Scientist
    Schizophrenia Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), University of Toronto

    Dr. Agid is staff psychiatrist and a clinician scientist in the Schizophrenia Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. As the medical leader in the First-Episode Schizophrenia program, Dr. Agid initiated an algorithm-based treatment approach for first-episode schizophrenia while collecting extensive clinical data regarding treatment response. This systematic and standardized approach has resulted in a large and comprehensive database; the published data to date have provided clear, empiric evidence that clinicians can use in approaching the pharmacological management of first-episode schizophrenia.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Agid’s research focus is psychopharmacology in schizophrenia, specifically early response to antipsychotic medications and early predictors of response. He is also involved in investigating patterns of non-adherence and placebo response, psychopharmacological mechanism of action of antipsychotics using brain imaging techniques and examining value systems and happiness in schizophrenia.

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    Chiachen Cheng
    Chiachen Cheng, MD, FRCPC, MPH

    Child & Adolescent, Adult Psychiatrist / Physician Researcher
    First Place Clinic & Regional Resource Centre / St. Joseph's Care Group, Thunder Bay

    Dr. Chiachen (Chi) Cheng is an Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist and Physician Researcher. Dr. Cheng completed her Psychiatry residencies at McMaster University, a clinical fellowship in Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) at McMaster University, and a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University. Dr. Cheng moved to Northwestern Ontario in 2006 to help implement the only EPI program in a rural/northern low-population-density-area that is the size of France.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Cheng’s research interests are in Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) and evidence based practice as it interfaces with youth mental health policy. Her research has examined program implementation and development, fidelity to EPI standards, evaluation of EPI training for healthcare workers, delivery of EPI services in rural and remote regions, and pathways to care among vulnerable populations (e.g., youth, Indigenous people). In 2012, Dr. Cheng was awarded a New Investigator Grant from the Sick Kids Foundation and Canadian Institutes of Health Research for “The NorthBEAT Project”, which identified the mental health service needs of youth in Northern Ontario.

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    Ashok Malla
    Ashok Malla, MD, FRCPC

    Director/Professor
    Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP-Montreal), McGill University

    Dr. Malla is a Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, where he holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Early Psychosis, with a cross appointment in Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is also the Director of the Prevention and Early intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP-Montréal) at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Dr. Malla focuses his studies on the early phases of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, and on prevention and early intervention of these severe illnesses. He is an international leader in the development of comprehensive programs for, and research in, early intervention in psychosis.

    Research Interests
    Dr. Malla's clinical and research interests have been primarily related to pursuing the goal of understanding and integrating neurobiological and psychosocial aspects of causation and outcome in psychotic disorders, with special emphasis on early phase psychosis. He has published 225 peer-reviewed articles, held many peer reviewed research grants including a current NIH grant for examining differences in outcome in psychotic disorders across cultures between Chennai, India and Montréal.

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    Howard Margolese
    Howard Margolese, MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC

    Medical Director
    Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum Program (EPSSP), McGill University

    Dr. Howard Margolese, an associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of McGill University, is the medical director of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum Program (EPSSP) and Director of the PEPP-MUHC first episode psychosis program. He is also director of the Clinical Psychopharmacology and Therapeutic Units’ consultation service. He is currently the program director of the McGill RCPSC Clinical Pharmacology residency program. In his clinical work Dr. Margolese specializes in psychopharmacology consultation of treatment resistance or complex psychopharmacology regimens, first episode psychosis, and chronic and treatment resistant schizophrenia.

    Research Interests
    Dr. Margolese’s research interests include drug-induced movement disorders, pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia, and adverse effects of psychotropic medications. He has given numerous lectures and presentations both nationally and internationally, published over 50 articles, and letters to the editor, as well as several book chapters. He is a peer reviewer for several leading psychiatric journals.

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    Philip Tibbo
    Philip Tibbo, MD FRCPC

    Director / Co-Director
    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program / Nova Scotia Psychosis Research Unit

    Dr. Tibbo is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with a cross-appointment in Psychology at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor in Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. He is also Director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) and co-director of the Nova Scotia Psychosis Research Unit (NSPRU). In 2008, Dr. Tibbo was named the first Dr. Paul Janssen Chair in Psychotic Disorders at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this position, Dr. Tibbo leads an internationally recognized program of research into the causes and treatments of psychotic disorders. Dr. Tibbo is a 2015 recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada for research and leadership in schizophrenia.

    Research Interests
    Dr. Philip Tibbo’s areas of research include application of in vivo brain neuroimaging techniques to study psychosis as well as research interests in co-morbidities in schizophrenia, psychosis genetics, addictions and psychosis, stigma and burden, pathways to care, education, and non-pharmacological treatment options.

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EPION Conference 2017

Start date: May 16, 2017

End date: May 17, 2017

Location: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel

Building Success Together
from Knowledge to Innovation

What does “success” in Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) services mean to you?

Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel
5875 Airport Rd
Mississauga, ON L4V 1N1

Conference:
May 16-17 | 8:30 - 16:30

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Join EPION for a two-day conference and explore different ways to define and understand success.
During this conference you will:
  • Connect with your colleagues to share and learn about innovations in EPI practice that help bring us closer to our visions of success as clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, program managers, persons with lived experience of psychosis and family members.
  • Find out about the learnings and successes from programs that have implemented new practices, including those inspired by EPION’s recent think tanks on education and outreach, family work, metabolic monitoring, psychological therapies, knowledge exchange, evaluation and monitoring, and psychosis and cannabis.
  • Understand the latest data and evidence on EPI and what it means for clinical practice and how we understand success in this field.

Plenary Speakers

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    George Foussias
    George Foussias, MD PhD FRCPC

    Psychiatrist and Scientist
    Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, and Schizophrenia Division Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

    Dr. George Foussias is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a Clinician-Scientist located at the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute and Schizophrenia Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where he leads the Virtual Reality and Behavioural Neuroscience Research Laboratory.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Foussias' research focuses on advancing our understanding and treatment of motivational deficits, and related negative symptoms, seen in severe mental illnesses. His approaches include longitudinal phenomenology and outcome studies, psychopharmacology treatment trials, neuroimaging, and the development of novel assessment methodologies using virtual reality, motion-tracking technology, and computerized assessments to tap into real-world performance and functioning. The ultimate goal of this work is to guide the development of more effective treatments for motivational deficits, which stand as an important barrier to functional recovery in severe mental illnesses.

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    Nev Jones
    Nev Jones, PhD

    Community Psychologist and Director
    Felton Institute’s CCOR (Client Centered Outcomes Research in Public Mental Health)

    Dr. Jones is at the forefront of the development and implementation of robust participatory methods and research co-production involving persons with persisting mental health challenges/disabilities and their family members in the US. She received a PhD in community psychology from DePaul University. As a graduate student, she founded and directed the Lived Experience Research Network (LERN), an historic initiative aimed at bridging mental health advocacy and research in the United States. Dr. Jones served as research scientist and acting consulting psychologist for California's Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, overseeing the implementation of the State's Prevention and Early Intervention Regulations.

    Research Interests
    Dr. Jones research focuses on functional recovery and engagement within early intervention in psychosis services, transformative change in public mental health systems, and supported education. She is also an alumna of specialized early psychosis services and committed advocate for greater service user involvement and leadership in early intervention policy, research and practice.

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    Philip Tibbo
    Philip Tibbo, MD FRCPC

    Director / Co-Director
    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program / Nova Scotia Psychosis Research Unit

    Dr. Tibbo is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with a cross-appointment in Psychology at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor in Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. He is also Director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) and co-director of the Nova Scotia Psychosis Research Unit (NSPRU). In 2008, Dr. Tibbo was named the first Dr. Paul Janssen Chair in Psychotic Disorders at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this position, Dr. Tibbo leads an internationally recognized program of research into the causes and treatments of psychotic disorders. Dr. Tibbo is a 2015 recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada for research and leadership in schizophrenia.

    Research Interests
    Dr. Philip Tibbo’s areas of research include application of in vivo brain neuroimaging techniques to study psychosis as well as research interests in co-morbidities in schizophrenia, psychosis genetics, addictions and psychosis, stigma and burden, pathways to care, education, and non-pharmacological treatment options.

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