Local Recruitment (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) – How does Puberty Affect Brain Development?

Your healthy child age 8, 12 or 13, is invited to participate in an NIH outpatient research study that examines how puberty affects brain development.

Participation includes 1-3 day outpatient visits to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland every 8-10 months until age 17, for a physical examination, body measurements, questionnaires, MRI scans, blood draws, urine collection and x-rays. Participants must NOT have any chronic medical or psychiatric illnesses, nor be on any long-term medication. Parents must agree to their child’s participation.

Evaluations and research procedures are free of cost. Compensation is provided. Call for information and eligibility criteria: 301-496-9576, TTY: 1-866-411-1010

Detailed Protocol Description: www.clinicaltrials.gov , Protocol 11-M-0251

myCME.com: Schizophrenia Medication Case Clinic

TITLE: Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic Medications for Schizophrenia: Changing Our Paradigms

OVERALL DESCRIPTION: Approximately 1.1% of the population worldwide has schizophrenia, a prevalence that is relatively high due to the chronic nature and early onset of this disorder. Adherence to antipsychotic medication is crucial for minimizing the symptoms of schizophrenia and maximizing the patient’s function in society. If a patient does not adhere to a medication plan, the likelihood that the patient will relapse after being stabilized symptomatically is greatly heightened. While oral medications are a tremendous help in controlling what used to be a disease that warranted permanent institutionalization, patients often struggle with full adherence with these agents for a variety of reasons. Long-acting injectable antipsychotic drugs can be integral in assisting certain patients in managing their illness, even those with first-episode schizophrenia.

JOINTLY SPONSORED BY: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Haymarket Medical Education (HME)

IN COLLABORATION WITH: Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)

Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic Medications for Schizophrenia: Changing Our Paradigms

This educational grant is supported by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals


  • Charles L. Raison, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine
  • Barry and Janet Lang Professor, John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Tucson, AZ

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of SARDAA.

SARDAA Volunteers Recognized at Tom Braxton CD Launch Party

Tom playing from the “bridge”

A CD Launch Party for Tom Braxton was held at the home of SARDAA executive Director, Linda Stalters & Russ Stalters and was co-hosted by Dr. Jim and Sandy Anderson. Tom Braxton and Gianna, the vocalist has performed at the last two SARDAA Gala’s, Jazz On My Mind.  Tom Braxton and his wife, Sharon, areRead More

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Comments on ‘Out of the Shadow’ Documentary by the Filmmaker, Susan Smiley

pic of mother and two daughters

Nearly 6 years in the making, ‘Out of the Shadow’ is a deeply personal film that was truly a labor of love, as well as a mission. Many years ago, before I started making documentaries for a living, I knew there was one story I had to tell, a story I had no choice butRead More

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By Margery Wakefield (and friends) Tonight I am getting together with my friends – my friends being a dozen or so schizophrenics from the Denver, Colorado area. We get together every Monday night from 7:00 to 8:00pm to share our experiences, strength and hope with one another. In other words, to have an SA group.Read More

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Reflection of Memorial Day


Memorial Day was great this past weekend. Normally, this is a somber time for those of us who are veterans. As a veteran I can tell you that often I do not look forward to these veteran holidays and July 4th due to the fact that it often times brings up memories of not beingRead More

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Mental Health and the Media

The media, mental illness, and another shooter is securing the spotlight on a holiday that is meant for memorializing our heroes and honoring them. It is troubling and sublimely disheartening that our media focuses on yet another shooter. The most troubling aspect of this is that the media consistently no matter which shooter it isRead More

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Photos and Archive of Radio Interview with SARDAA Executive Director


SARDAA Executive Director Linda Stalters was interviewed on Small Business Today Internet Radio on April 16, 2014. Listen to archive: www.mjwjtalkradio.com   Print PDF

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The Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere to go

The Financial and Human Toll for Neglecting the Mentally Ill More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a USA TODAY special report shows. The mentally ill who have nowhere to go and find little sympathy from those around them often land hardRead More

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Electronic App May Help Schizophrenia Patients to Avoid Hallucinations

It turns out that the frontal lobe in the brains of schizophrenia patients does not function exactly the way it should. As a result, these patients have a lesser degree of impulse control and are unable to filter out their inner voices. “Every one of us hears inner voices or melodies from time to time. The differenceRead More

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