The North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS) Harvard-Boston site will host a multi-site research team meeting between September 29th and October 2nd, 2009. The NAPLS project is an NIMH-funded, five-year collaborative, multisite investigation into the earliest phase of psychotic illness. The seven other sites include Emory University, University of Calgary, University of North Carolina, UCLA, University of California at San Diego, Yale University, and Zucker Hillside Hospital. NAPLS focuses on improving our understanding of clinical and biological risk factors for psychosis, particularly schizophrenia. It will enroll 720 people who are showing clinical signs and symptoms of risk for psychosis, as well as 240 healthy age- and gender-matched comparison participants, and follow them at intervals over a two-year period. This meeting will include 40+ investigators across sites, and will focus on operational aspects of the study over the course of its first year (September 2008-August 2009). The meeting will also include a half-day science symposium on neuroplasticity, or how brain structure and function may change as a result of new experiences or clinical interventions.
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 August 2008