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Activity Dates: 04/30/2012 - 04/30/2015

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Session Summary

Previously, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have been classified as two separate diagnoses in the practice of psychiatry.  However, several findings recently have called into question whether these disorders are etiologically distinct.  Family and twin studies have established that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are familial and heritable phenotypes with shared genetic factors.  Both disorders also share key clinical features including psychosis, neurocognitive impairment, and suicidality.  During this presentation, Roy Perlis, MD, MSc will discuss recent findings in genetic studies of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as examine their implications on diagnostic tools and treatment. Plan to attend this session to gain insight into the future role of genetics in psychiatry.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (60%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This session was presented live at the 2012 CPNP Annual Meeting. A PDF file of the slides and audio of the speaker’s presentation is provided. ACPE transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org and the credit will be automatically submitted to your account at CPE Monitor shortly after the evaluation is completed.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Review recent findings from genetic and family studies of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  2. Examine the rationale for distinguishing bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
  3. Discuss the implications for course and treatment of bipolar disorder versus schizophrenia.
  4. Describe efforts to identify diagnostic tools for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 04/30/2012 - 04/30/2015
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-9999-12-006-H04-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPE Credit

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


CME Credit

Sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the Joint sponsorship of The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. ACCME credit is no longer available for this course.

Nursing Credit

ACPE and ACCME approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (as quoted on the ANCC website):  “Other health disciplines' continuing education hours may be used if the content is applicable to your area of certification. ACPE and ACCME are specifically listed as approved credit types.

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