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Schizophrenia: Diagnosis Is Not Destiny - Conference

Meeting Brings Clinicians, Legal Experts, Individuals With Schizophrenia and Families Together for a Comprehensive and Hopeful Look at a Difficult Illness

WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The process of recovering from severe mental illness is the subject of 'Schizophrenia: Diagnosis is not Destiny,' to be held April 12-13, 2008 at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. We invite you to contact us to learn more about the conference and to make arrangements to cover the conference for your organization.

Sponsored by the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family ( a Washington DC based educational, clinical, and research non-profit organization which was established in 1975, the conference brings together speakers with a broad spectrum of clinical, theoretical, legal, and personal experience to take an interdisciplinary look at schizophrenia. Advances in understanding the brain and the effects of the stress response, growing awareness of the value of systems biology, and the understanding of human relationships provided by Bowen theory will be examined to place schizophrenia within a biospychosocial context.

Speakers include Elyn R. Saks, JD, a law professor and PhD candidate who is the author of a powerful book on her experiences living with schizophrenia. Her book, The Center Cannot Hold, is one of Time Magazines Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2007 and has been featured in a number of articles, including the current issue New York Review of Books. Other speakers are Esther Sternberg, MD, Chief, Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior, NIMH, Michael Lumpkin, PhD a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Michael E. Kerr, MD, Director of the Bowen Center and in private practice in family psychiatry. The conference also includes interviews with a man who recovered from severe schizophrenia and with the parents of a daughter who experienced multiple psychotic episodes and is now doing well. A detailed brochure for the conference can be viewed at

The pharmaceutical firm AstraZenica has made a donation to assist with the costs associated with bringing several of our speakers to Washington.

For more in-depth information about the conference you may contact Ruth Riley Sagar or Michael E. Kerr, MD at Both can be reached at 202-965-4400. Dr. Kerr is the Director of the Center and has organized the conference. General questions can be directed to or by calling 202-965-4400.

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