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The 23rd Annual Florida Symposia

The Theory and Practice of Biological Psychiatry

- Steven Dubovsky M.D.
February 20 - 24, 2017, Marco Island, FL

Program & Presenter

Steven Dubovsky M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Adjoint Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Colorado. He consults widely on complicated psychiatric disorders and mixtures of medical and psychiatric disorders, and he treats psychiatrists and other physicians with a range of conditions. His research concerns the neurobiology of mood disorders and outcomes of novel psychiatric interventions. Dr. Dubovsky teaches medical students, residents and practitioners in a variety of specialties. He has published over 200 journal articles, books and chapters, including the Clinical Guide to Psychotropic Medications.

Symposium Description

This symposium will cover the concepts supporting the treatment of major psychiatric disorders and the nature of the evidence that supports those concepts. For each condition, we will consider intracellular, neurotransmitter, neural network and learning theories in a manner that will enhance participants’ ability to maximize responses to the best regimen, and to develop a rational approach when one approach is not fully effective. The appropriate use of laboratory testing, including genetic testing, as well as an approach to evaluating industry studies and the medical literature will be discussed. New treatments will be reviewed critically and compared with existing treatments. Although we will focus on somatic therapies, the discussion will include integration of psychotherapy.

Seminar Schedule


Psychosis and agitation/ The interaction of systems for information processing, thought and psychosis, and the familial aggregation of psychotic disorders/Continuum of psychotic illnesses/ Genetic factors in psychosis/ Data supporting the effectiveness of established and experimental treatments for schizophrenia/ The action of antipsychotic drugs will be easily predicted from their receptor effects/Adjunctive treatments for schizophrenia/ The range of treatments available for agitation caused by psychiatric and neurological disorders


Refractory depression/ New data on synaptic, stress response, and neural network factors in depression that explain changes in thinking, behavior and physiology in refractory depression/ Pharmacologic and instrumental treatments for depression/ How to improve remission rates in depressed patients


Bipolar mood disorders/ Second messenger changes that have been demonstrated in bipolar disorder/ The relationship between bipolar disorder and other recurrent affective syndromes/ Data supporting medications used as mood stabilizers/ A rational approach to treatment of complicated syndromes such as bipolar depression and mixed states


Anxiety disorders and related conditions/ The physiology of the GABA-benzodiazepine receptor complex/ Pharmacokinetics of benzodiazepines and related compounds will make it possible to predict the clinical effects of different antianxiety medications/ Effective treatments for sleep disorders/ A knowledge of the basic science of fear conditioning and extinction will facilitate an understanding of the best treatment options for PTSD/ The latest on new therapies and their outcomes


Basic pharmacologic principles, laboratory testing, genetic testing, and interpretation of research/ A primer on genetic terms and principles/ An integrated approach to assessing psychiatric research from industry and from non-industry sources/ How to be truly informed consumers of the psychiatric literature