Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Recertification and Program committees, I am happy to announce the 2014 CPNP Annual Meeting, Phoenix Rising: Taking Neuropsychiatric Pharmacy Above & Beyond to be held April 27-30 in Phoenix, Arizona. Your planning committees have been hard at work developing a vibrant program offering cutting-edge topics in psychiatry and neurology to impact the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders well into the future.

The Pre-Meeting Workshop on Sunday, April 27 is focused on the DSM-5 with Abraham Nussbaum, MD, MTS. Using cases, this workshop offering Hands-On Tools for DSM-5 Incorporation into Clinical Care and Research will explore the key differences between DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 and how these differences alter clinical practice and research. Participants will learn to use DSM-5 assessment tools and rating scales that can help account for cultural differences and degrees of disability, while providing more objective measures of clinical function. Lastly, the workshop will explore the limits of DSM-5 and anticipated, future iterations of the DSM.

Returning to provide the first keynote of the meeting is Dr. Nussbaum and Laura Borgelt, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, presenting Debating Medical Marijuana: Must Everyone Get Stoned to Feel Better? In this debate session, two investigators from Colorado will discuss whether marijuana should remain a Schedule I substance, if physicians should prescribe medical marijuana, if pharmacists should dispense it, and what the future holds for medical marijuana. Additional keynote addresses delivered by nationally recognized practitioners and researchers in the field include Are Atypical Antipsychotics Really Mood Stabilizers? with Drs. Nassir Ghaemi and Jeff Goldberg delivering a point-counterpoint session and Jeffrey Friedman, MD, PhD, presenting on Obesity: Understanding the Role of Leptin and Potential Treatment Targets.  

Other pressing issues of our day dominate 2014 programming including a session on The Pharmacist’s Role in a Transformed Health Care System: Opportunities for Mental Health presented by Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, and Violence and Mental Illness: A Public Dilemma presented by Jeffrey Swanson, PhD. Additional general session, concurrent programming and learning labs offered throughout the meeting allow you to customize the meeting to your needs through sessions on ADHD, treatment resistant depression, addiction, electroconvulsive therapy, neurologic disorders, and much more.

On behalf of the Board and your peers serving on the Recertification and Program Committees, I invite you to attend what is sure to be a diverse and educational 2014 Annual Meeting. We hope to see you in Phoenix!

Deanna Kelly, PharmD, BCPP
2014 CPNP Program Chair

The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held April 27-30, 2014, at the Arizona Grand in Phoenix, AZ.

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