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Upcoming international event: Improving health outcomes in youth with first episode psychosis

Join the next iphYs international symposia series on improving the physical health of young people with psychosis. During this one-day event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with world-renowned experts on managing weight gain, metabolic syndrome and diabetes in persons receiving early psychosis intervention (EPI).

Date: Thursday May 21, 2015, 9am—5pm (EDT)
Location: Oakham House, 63 Gould Street, Toronto

Attend this symposium to learn:

  • About the need for early, regular metabolic monitoring and lifestyle approaches to preserve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals with psychosis;
  • How weight gain and metabolic abnormalities develop in youth starting antipsychotic medications;
  • Lifestyle and skills interventions that can help reduce weight gain in people starting antipsychotic medication;
  • Strategies to improve collaboration with primary care providers;
  • Neutraceutical approaches that improve the metabolic status of individuals with psychosis.

Register for in person or webinar sessions. Admission is free. Space is extremely limited.

Who should attend? Psychiatrists, nurses, front-line mental health professionals and advocates including social workers, family doctors, patients and families involved with early psychosis intervention.

Speakers and topics

  • Dr. Jackie Curtis aand Dr. David Shiers: Introduction to the HeAL Declaration.
  • Dr. Christoph Correll: Antipsychotic-related risk for weight gain and metabolic abnormalities during development.
  • Dr. Katherine Samaras: Young people with schizophrenia: A high-risk group for diabetes: opportunities for prevention and early intervention from an endocrinological perspective.
  • Dr. Philip Ward: Early lifestyle intervention attentuates antipsychotic-induced weight gain in first episode psychosis
  • Dr. David Shiers and Dr. Sharman Robertson: Materials and strategies for liasing with primary care.
  • Dr. Tony Cohn: A neutraceutical approach to metabolic management.

Speakers will be followed by an interactive session aimed at developing tailored approaches to metabolic management for EPI programs across Ontario.

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