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Inflammation, Immune Function, and Schizophrenia: An Overview

Inflammation, Immune Function, and Schizophrenia: An Overview

Inflammation and immune system: links to schizophreniaFigure. Inflammation and immune system: links to schizophrenia
Erin WallingErin Walling
Phebe TuckerPhebe Tucker

Premiere Date: May 20, 2017

Expiration Date: November 20, 2018

This activity offers CE credits for:
1. Physicians (CME)
2. Other

All other clinicians either will receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.



To understand the role of inflammation and immune function in the risk of schizophrenia.


At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

• Define the mechanisms responsible for a healthy immune system

• Describe the effects of higher levels of inflammation on the CNS to promote mood disturbances and psychosis

• Describe variable responses to antipsychotics and the connection to the anti-inflammatory properties of these medications

• Recognize anti-inflammatory treatments that might be used as adjunctive therapy to mitigate symptoms


This continuing medical education activity is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals who seek to improve their care for patients with mental health disorders.


CME Credit (Physicians): This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CME Outfitters, LLC, and Psychiatric Times. CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Note to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: AANPCP and AAPA accept certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.


It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CME/CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CME/CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer-review process.

The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Erin Walling, MSIV, has no disclosures to report.

Phebe Tucker, MD, has no disclosures to report.

Brian Miller, MD, (peer/content reviewer) reports that he has received grant support from Augusta University, National Institute of Mental Health, Stanley Medical Research Institute, and Brain and Behavior Research Foundation; he has received research support from Alkermes and Acadia; and he has received honoraria from Psychiatric Times.

Applicable Psychiatric Times staff and CME Outfitters staff have no disclosures to report.


Faculty of this CME/CE activity may include discussion of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices. CME Outfitters, LLC, and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA-labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

Questions about this activity? Call us at 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767)


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