Wednesday Lecture Series: The Neurobiology of Social Attachment, Social Loss and Empathy: Implications for Autism

Baltimore, MD US
February 19, 2020

Social relationships are critical for our physical and mental well-being.  This lecture will present current theories of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social attachment (e.g. pair bonding), empathy, and the consequences of social loss based on studies in monogamous prairie voles.  Oxytocin receptor (OXTR) signaling coordinates neural activity in a social salience network to link the neural encoding of partner cues with the rewarding aspects of social affiliation.  Diversity in expression patterns of OXTR in the brain contribute to diversity in social behaviors across and within species. The effects of early social neglect on adult social relationships will be discussed. Bonded prairie voles display empathy-like consoling behavior toward their partner when they are distressed. This consoling response is abolished by blocking OXTR in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region involved in human empathy.  Loss of a bonded partner results in the development of depressive-like “grieving” behavior, which is alleviated by oxytocin replacement.  Studies in both humans and rodents suggest the importance of oxytocin in social relationship development.  The implications of oxytocin on potential therapies for improving social functioning in psychiatric disorders such as autism will be discussed.

Target Audience


This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the evidence that oxytocin acting in the brain enhances the salience and reinforcing value of social stimuli.
2. Describe the evidence that variation in oxytocin receptor expression contributes to variation in social behaviors.
3. Describe the current thinking on the prospects of targeting the oxytocin system to improve social functioning in autism.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC Contact hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Category I credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 CEU Hours for Psychologists
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
02/12/2020
Course expires: 
03/31/2020
Event starts: 
02/19/2020 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
02/19/2020 - 1:00pm
Fee:
$0.00

Sheppard Pratt Health System is dedicated to improving quality of life through mental health, special education, and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults and older adults.  Our patient-centered treatment approach, combined with our legacy of clinical excellence, sets us apart from other health systems on both a local and national level.  We have been ranked among the nation’s top psychiatric hospitals for 24 consecutive years by U. S. News &  World Report.  Founded in 1853 by philanthropist Moses Sheppard, Sheppard Pratt Health System still abides by its Quaker traditions and values.


Sheppard Pratt regularly hosts renowned speakers from across the country at our headquarters in Towson. We provide educational opportunities on subjects including psychiatric disorders, issues of behavioral health, systems-based change, mental and somatic co-morbidities, psychiatric effects on health and health outcomes, advances in neurobiology, and clinical developments in concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. We are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education, the Maryland Nurses’ Association, the Maryland Board of Psychology, the Maryland Board of Social Work, and the National Board of Certified Counselors.


Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Professional Education Program is pleased to provide Wednesdays at Sheppard Pratt free of charge as a public service to the mental health community.  Your tax-deductible donations will help maintain the outstanding quality of this service.  Please send your contributions to:

Sheppard Pratt Professional Education Program
Wednesdays Lecture Fund
6501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Professional Education Program: 410.938.4593
Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt: 410.938.3900

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Overlooking Sheppard Pratt’s beautifully landscaped grounds, this year-round, state-of-the-art conference facility features a 200-seat auditorium, five climate-controlled classrooms, catering and dining services, videoconferencing services, comprehensive audio-visual services and free parking.  To reach the Conference Center enter the campus from Charles Street using Gatehouse Drive.  Stay on Gatehouse Drive bearing left when it forks at Pratt Drive.  Continue a short distance and Conference Center Drive will be on your left.  Follow Conference Center Drive to the facility.  Park in front of the building.

Travel

From the Baltimore beltway, take exit 25, Charles Street.  Proceed south on Charles Street for approximately 2.5 miles.  The entrance to Sheppard Pratt will be on your left, just past the stone gatehouse.  You will be on Gatehouse Drive.  Take the first left onto Conference Center Drive.  Turn left to the parking area directly in front of the Conference Center.

About this speaker:

Larry J. Young, PhD is Director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience and of the Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition at Emory University in Atlanta.  He is also William P. Timmie Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at Yerkes National Primate Research Center.  Dr. Young has published over 200 peer reviewed publications, including in premier journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, PNAS and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery.  Dr. Young has received several awards for his academic achievements including the Golden Brain Award, the Frank Beach Award, the Daniel H. Efron Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and has been elected as Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Disclosure Statements:

Sheppard Pratt holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest. In accord with Sheppard Pratt's Disclosure Policy, as well as standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Medical Association (AMA), all planners, reviewers, speakers and persons in control of content have been asked to disclose any relationship he /she (or a partner or spouse) has with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 12 months. All planners, reviewers and speakers have also been asked to disclose any payments accepted for this lecture from any entity besides Sheppard Pratt Health System, and if there will be discussion of any products, services or off-label uses of product(s) during this presentation.


Larry J. Young, PhD reports having no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 12 months. He will not discuss any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients in this presentation.


Event Planners/Reviewers Disclosures: The following event planners and/or reviewers are reported as having no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 12 months: Todd Peters, MD, Briana Riemer, MD, Ben Borja, MD, Sunil Khushalani, MD, Faith Dickerson, PhD, Carrie Etheridge, LCSW-C, Tom Flis, LCPC, Laura Web, RN-BC, MSN, Rick Wallace, RN, MSN, MBA, Stacey Garnett, RN, MSN, Paul Daugherty, RN, MBA, Heather Billings, RN, and Jennifer Tornabene.

Physician Statement: Sheppard Pratt Health System is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.  Sheppard Pratt Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurse Statement: Sheppard Pratt Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours for nurses.

Psychologist Statement: Sheppard Pratt Health System is authorized by the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing education. Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.  Sheppard Pratt Health System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 CEU hours for Psychologists. 

Social Worker Statement: Sheppard Pratt Health System is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners of Maryland to offer continuing education for Social Workers.  Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity. This activity is approved for 1.0 CEU contact hours in Category 1 credits for Social Workers.

Counselor Statement:  Sheppard Pratt Health System has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5098.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Sheppard Pratt Health System is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.  This activity is available for 1.0 NBCC clock hours.
 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC Contact hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Category I credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 CEU Hours for Psychologists
  • 1.00 Participation

Price

Fee:
$0.00
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