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July 17, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: Scott Hall (Margerio Family Conference Center) | Map
540 E. Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: CME $10.00
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

Wayne State University School of Medicine

 Departments of Pharmacology and 

Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences

 Symposium to Honor the Career of Eugene P. Schoener PhD


“Repurposing Abused Drugs for

Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders”


Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Gordon H. Scott Hall of Basic Medical Sciences

540 East Canfield Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

(Main Entrance to Margherio Family Conference Center)


Target Audience


This program has been designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, researchers, nurses, medical students, Faculty Members and Residents and Fellows from the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine.


Learning Objectives


Recognizing the unfortunate fact that today’s pharmacotherapy for psychiatric disorders does not provide adequate, sustained relief for many people experiencing psychosis, mood and substance use disorders, it is widely acknowledged that we must improve the effectiveness and reliability of our pharmacotherapeutic tools.


  • Analyze innovative paths that clinical research has embarked upon following years of basic research and clinical observation revealing the therapeutic potential of certain intoxicating (abused) substances.



  • Recognize that clinical research on therapeutic application of these drugs is just beginning to bear fruit and holds great promise for more effective medication management of psychiatric disorders in the future.


  • Appreciate the past, present, and future of innovative psycho-pharmacotherapy through the lens of three drugs/categories with different mechanisms and actions.


Accreditation Statements


The Wayne State University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Wayne State University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TMPhysicians should claim only credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.


 The Department of Psychology at Wayne State University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Department of Psychology at Wayne State University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This live activity is approved for 5.25 CE credit hours.




John Krystal M.D.

Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and

Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Director: NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism

Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division

VA National Center for PTSD


Matthew Wayne Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

John Hopkins University


Mohini Ranganathan, MBBS

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry

Yale University


A  G  E  N  D  A


8:00am                                                Registration – Continental Breakfast

                                                Lobby of the Margherio Family Conference Center


8:45am                                                Welcoming & Opening Remarks

Stephen Lanier, Ph.D.


9:00am                                                John Krystal, M.D.

                                                “Ketamine: The Prototype for Rapid-Action Antidepressants”


10:00am                                  Discussion among the invited presenters and with the audience

                                                Moderator: Richard Balon, M.D.


10:30am                                  Coffee/Tea Break


11am                                       Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.

                                                “Potential Therapeutic Effects of the Psychedelic Drug Psilocybin”


12pm                                       Discussion among the invited presenters and with the audience

                                                Moderator: Mark Greenwald, Ph.D.


12:30pm                                  Luncheon (Students, Residents, Fellows with Speakers)

                                                Conference Room #1328, Gordon H. Scott Hall of Basic Medical Sciences


2pm                                         Program to Honor Dr. Eugene Schoener

                                                Moderator: Kwaku Nantwi, Ph.D.    


2:30pm                                    Mohini Ranganathan, MBBS

                                                “Therapeutic Potential of Cannabinoids: Focus on Cannabidiol”


3:30pm                                    Discussion among the invited presenters and with the audience

                                                Moderator: Michael J. Bannon, Ph.D.



4pm-4:30pm                           Concluding Remarks (Dr. Eugene Schoener – New Possibilities)


Register by Monday, July 8, 2019, to - 


Delana Knighton

Secretary IV, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology

540 East Canfield, 6475 Scott Hall, Detroit, MI  48201

Office: (313) 577-1580  Fax: (313) 577-6739


CME Fee $10.00 per person, payable to WSU/DPBN

Requesting CME Credits:                                     Yes           No

Requesting CE Credits (for Psychologist)               Yes           No

Professional Title:     MD            DO           PhD           MSW

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