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      Our educational meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every other month at 7:30 PM, except when it conflicts with major holidays.   Enter through the Stannage door and join us in the multipurpose room at the end of the hallway.   There is always a brief business meeting prior to the presentation.   Light refreshments will be served.  Attendees are invited to visit our office upstairs where there are 1-pamphlets and brochures to take, 2-books, videos and DVDs to check out and 3-NARSAD cards to buy.  Meeting is free.





Mental Health Veterans Affairs Medical Center San Franisco

Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratoary, University of California San Francisco


   Dr. Biagianti will present the latest findings from schizophrenia research, focusing on the treatment of sensory processing abnormalities in schizophrenia spectrum disorders, with an emphasis on youth at risk for psychosis.

     Our guest graduated with honors from the University of Milan Medical School.  After completing his MD program in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Milan, where he focused on the psychopharmacological and behavioral treatment of psychotic disorders, he became increasingly interested in the functional problems caused by prominent social and neurocognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia. 

     He currently holds the position of Postdoctoral Scholar in the Vinogradov Schizophrenia Laboratoary at UC San Francisco.  Dr. Biagianti coordinates a series of neuroimaging experiments to investigate the effects that cognitive training and oxytocin induce in key brain regions,  using functional magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoeancephalography.  He also investigates the use of mobile devices to disseminate cutting edge treatments for schizophrenia (including cognitive training, automated CBT, computerized neuropsychological assessments and virtual group therapy) to individuals with schizophrenia who live in community settings around the Bay Area, including the Putnam Clubhouse and the Lakehurst Residential Hotel.



Dr.  Robert Dolgoff in conversation with NAMI EastBay President

(This video presentation, shown on July 27, 2011, is available for viewing on

         Dr. Robert Dolgoff is the Medical Director of Alta Bates Sutter Medical Center Mental Health Services (aka Herrick Psychiatric Department).  He has been in this position for some time and is a highly respected and experienced psychiatrist in the local mental health community.  As part of an ongoing educational video series produced at Herrick, the opportunity recently arose for Liz Rebensdorf, President of NAMI EastBay, to sit down with Dr. Dolgoff and talk about mental illness.  What resulted is an informative  and generally comprehensive Mental Illness 101 overview  - with the addition of Liz's questions posed to Dr. Dolgoff on behalf of family concerns raised in support groups, phone calls and Family to Family classes.

Thanks to Cynthia Kane-Hyman, producer, and Barry Swank, cinematographer, for putting this together at Herrick.



         Note: Since 1994, Tom Thomas has been taking excellent notes on the presentations, which have been published in our newsletter. The last 18 years of notes on speaker presentations covering a wide variety of topics can be accessed via - go to "Speaker Notes for NAMI-East Bay".

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