Alcoholism and accompanying disorders explored at Guze Symposium


Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005


8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 South Euclid Ave.


(314) 286-2258 or

Research on alcoholism and disorders that tend to occur with it will be presented by national experts at the fifth annual Guze Symposium on Alcoholism.

The symposium is dedicated to the late Samuel B. Guze, M.D., a pioneer of the medical model of psychiatric illness and the field of alcoholism research, who served 18 years as vice chancellor for medical affairs and president of the Washington University Medical Center. He also was head of the School’s Department of Psychiatry.

The symposium is for health professionals, psychologists, social workers and educators. Participants may receive continuing medical education credits for attendance. The program is sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Washington University School of Medicine and supported with major funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.

This year’s symposium will cover the relationship between alcohol and other psychiatric disorders that frequently accompany alcohol use and abuse — including social phobia, antisocial personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

“Alcoholism is often an extremely challenging illness to treat,” says Elliot C. Nelson, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and co-organizer of the symposium, with Kathleen K. Bucholz, Ph.D., research professor of psychiatry. “By studying the relationships between alcoholism and these accompanying disorders, researchers can gain additional insight into the biological processes underlying these illnesses and provide clinicians with improved treatment strategies.”

The Guze Symposium is hosted by the Midwest Alcoholism Research Center (MARC) at Washington University in St. Louis. Created by a grant from the NIAAA, MARC is one of 15 Alcoholism Research Centers nationwide funded by the National Institutes of Health. It is the only center that focuses primarily on understanding the causes of adolescent alcohol problems.

MARC is housed at Washington University, but the center includes investigators from Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-Columbia, the Veterans Administration in St. Louis and Palo Alto, Calif., and Queensland Institute for Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia.

8 – 9 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast/Poster Viewing

9 a.m.

Introductory Remarks
Larry J. Shapiro, M.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean
Washington University School of Medicine

9:15 a.m.

Overview of Comorbidity of Alcohol Use and Psychiatric
Disorders from a Family Study Perspective

Kathleen Ries Merikangas, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Section of Developmental Genetic Epidemiology
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health

10:00 a.m.

Alcoholism and Externalizing Disorders: Comorbidity risk
mediated via intrauterine exposure

Valerie S. Knopik, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Brown University, Providence, RI

10:45 a.m.

Break and Poster Viewing

11 a.m.

Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance
Use Disorders

Naomi Breslau, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology
Michigan State University, East Lansing

11:45 a.m.

Richard D. Todd, Ph.D., M.D.
Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
MARC Project Director, Project 5
Washington University School of Medicine

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Poster Viewing

1:15 p.m.

Comorbidity of Alcoholism and Antisocial Personality

Robert O. Pihl, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2 p.m.

Comorbidity of Alcohol and Social Phobia
Carrie L. Randall, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

2:45 p.m.

Break and Poster Viewing

3 p.m.

Comorbidity of Alcoholism and Schizophrenia
Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and of Community and Family Medicine
Dartmouth Medical Center, Psychiatric Research Center, Concord, NH

3:45 p.m.

Kenneth J. Sher, Ph.D.
Curator’s Professor of Psychology
University of Missouri-Columbia

4:15 p.m. Reception and Poster Viewing