Meeting 2015


Hispano-American Research and Training Collaborations


16:00-16:15   Welcome

Maruicio Tohen ASHP President 2015


16:15-16:35 CSF Biomarkers and Neuroimaging in First Episode Psychosis – Mexico

Juan A. Gallego, Camilo De La Fuente-Sandoval

Patients presenting with first episode psychosis who have not been exposed to antipsychotic medications will undergo a lumbar puncture, brain scan and clinical ratings. The relationship between CSF biomarkers (miRNAs), neuroimaging and clinical variables will be investigated.


16:35-16:55 Training and Research Collaborations at Mount Sinai in NY: Web-based Assessments, Data Sharing and International Genetics Consortia – Spain

M. Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, Monica Prat Galbany, WORECA (World Research Consortium for Suicide)

Description of the Visiting Researchers Program at the Mood and Personality Disorders Program at Mount Sinai, NY. Establishment of international collaborations with Spanish research programs: 1) Borderline Personality Disorder International Genetics Consortium; 2) Comparing symptom and comorbidity profiles in borderline personality disorder in Spain and the US; Web-based assessments and cross-national data sharing: MeMind Project and WORECA.


16:55-17:15 BMI and Antipsychotic Exposure – Mexico and Colombia

Bernardo Ng, Alvaro Camacho, Mirna Trancoso, Severiano Lozano, Katherine Parra, Perla Orozco, Ricardo de la Espriella, Ignacio Calderon

Clinical and demographic data from psychiatric patients of a total of 4 different clinical sites in Mexico and Colombia exposed to antipsychotics will be presented. Differences in BMI according to age, gender, and geographical location will be discussed.


17:15-17:30 BREAK


17:30-17:50 Funding Strategies for Rotations in the US – Mexico

Mauricio Tohen

Rotation of Mexican psychiatry residents at the University of New Mexico will be presented. The mechanism of this successful strategy will be discussed by the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at this University.


17:50-18:10 US and Latin American Academic Collaborations – Latin America

Manuel Sanchez de Carmona

For 10 years a successful Latin American collaboration has developed as a strategic research, educational and clinical experience network in Bipolar Disorders between Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and key opinion leaders from Spain and the Hispanic medical community of the USA, under the auspice of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). The result of this interaction has given fruits on many levels and has given strength to the global presence of the Latin mood disorders psychiatric community. This initiative has empowered young investigator’s careers, stimulated research collaborations and the synergy to create local and regional academic meetings.


18:10-18:30 The International Field Trial of DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview: Key Lessons and Preliminary Findings from the Peru-US Collaboration – Peru

Oscar Jiménez- Solomon, Renato Alarcon, Roberto Lewis-Fernandez

The international field trials of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation (CFI) included a collaboration between the New York State Psychiatric Institute (United States) and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru) to assess the feasibility, acceptability and perceived clinical utility of the CFI in a clinical sample in Lima, Peru. This workshop will describe key lessons from this collaboration and describe preliminary findings.


18:30-18:50 An Overview of Clinical Translational Research and Training at Intramural NIMH – Latin America

Carlos Zarate

This presentation will summarize ongoing research strategies and training opportunities being conducted at the Division of the Intramural Research Program (DIRP) on the Bethesda campus of NIMH. Proof-of-concept studies utilizing novel compounds, biomarkers, and technologies (magnetoencephalography [MEG] and polysomnography [PSG], positron emission tomography, functional MRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy [MRS]), metabolomics, proteonomics and genetics are being utilized to identify potentially relevant drug targets and biosignatures of pathophysiology and treatment response. A multidisciplinary translational research team conducts such research. In addition, DIRP provides training to develop the next generation of clinical translational researchers.


18:50-19:30   Feedback and Discussion


Also join us for the:


Simon Bolivar Award Lecture

Sunday, May 17th

8am to 9:30 am

Toronto Convention Center, Room 205 A-D, North Level 200

Lecturer: Carlos Zarate, MD