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Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia

Meeting Summary
Bethesda, Maryland

In February 2007, the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored a conference in Bethesda, Maryland that assembled basic and clinical cognitive neuroscientists, animal modelers from academia and industry, and clinical trial experts who share a common interest in developing neuroscience-based measures for assessing cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Following invited talks by basic scientists and breakout groups involving all attendees, meeting participants suggested eight cognitive constructs for further measurement development within the areas of perception, attention, working memory, executive control, long term memory, and social-emotional processing. Subsequent meetings this fall and next spring will address psychometric issues in adapting cognitive neuroscience measures for clinical use and laboratory tasks of component cognitive processes that are ripe for clinical translation. For more information, please contact Robert Heinssen at rheinsse@mail.nih.gov.