Definitions and Origins of Neuropsychiatry

The course will include an introduction to the origins and development of neuropsychiatry as an integrated specialty.  Categorization methods of neuropsychiatries symptoms and illness can be utilized to improve patient care, and therefore will be discussed.  The course will also include extensive discussion on the principles of brain development and behavioral neuroanatomy, topics pertinent for the neuropsychiatric professional. Evidence-based symptom management modalities wil lbe explored, including the foundations of neuropharmaclogy as well as the psychosocial considerations involved in neuropsychiatric treatment.

This activity is dedicated to advancing the field of Neuropsychiatry education through reading, research, competence and practice. This activity provides a bridge between experimental medicine and clinical practice and is meant to establish a framework for lifelong critical analysis of medical literature.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for psychiatry students, residents, and fellows, as well as practicing psychiatrists. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize common neuropsychiatric syndromes.
  2. Identify the brain areas and circuits that are compromised in various neuropsychiatric syndromes.
  3. Describe how psychotropic medications act in the normal versus the injured or impaired brain.
  4. Discuss psychosocial implications for neuropsychiatric patients and their caregivers.
Course summary
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Dr. Vassilis Koliatsos is a professor of pathology, neurology and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His primary research interest is the mechanisms of traumatic and degenerative brain injury and repair.

Dr. Koliatsos’ research focuses on cellular therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and traumatic brain injuries, particularly blast-related traumatic brain injury.

He earned his M.D. from the University of Athens Medical School in Greece. He completed a residency in internal medicine and neurology at Crete Naval Hospital, a psychiatry fellowship at University of Athens Medical School, and a neurology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Franklin Square Hospital, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

This activity is not accredited, but offered to residents and medical students for education purposes.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation
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