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Grand Rounds--Kenneth R. Silk Lectureship--Anthony Ruocco, PhD, C.Psych


Wednesday, October 2nd
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

RUB Auditorium

Event Overview

Title: The Neurobiology of Borderline Personality Disorder

Disclosures: None

Hosting Faculty: Victor Hong, MD

CME Available: Yes

Anthony C. Ruocco, PhD, C. Psych
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Toronto, Scarborough

Dr. Ruocco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Graduate Departments of Psychology and Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto. He is the Program Coordinator for the M.A./Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He also holds academic appointments at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health in the Mood & Anxiety Division and the Hospital for Sick Children in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and the Neurosciences and Mental Health Program. Dr. Ruocco is a licensed psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. His research uses neurocognitive and brain-imaging measures to understand the pathophysiology underlying severe mental disorders, especially borderline personality disorder (BPD). His current studies focus on identifying neurocognitive and neural markers in adolescents and adults with BPD and their biological relatives, and he is studying the utility of these markers to predict the outcomes of psychological and brain stimulation interventions for suicidal and self-harming individuals with BPD.

Kenneth R. Silk Lectureship

The annual lecture will be given by a prominent leader in the field of psychiatric disorders with a specific focus on addressing innovative, evidence-based advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment personality disorders, Ken’s area of expertise. The Ken Silk Lecturer will be selected in advance by the “Kenneth R. Silk, M.D. Lectureship Committee”, which will be comprised of the Chair and the Associate Chairs of the Department of Psychiatry, and additional faculty members as determined by the Chair.

The annual lecture will honor Dr. Silk and will include a reception to provide an opportunity for our current psychiatry trainees to share their research endeavors and to meet personally with the Silk Lecturer and other senior faculty members. Residents, medical students and postdoctoral fellows will be invited to submit an abstract for the annual Silk Lecture, to be displayed in a pre-lecture poster session. The intent of the poster session is to share recent academic advances from the past year so that faculty and trainees can become familiar with colleagues’ research, and collaborations and mentorship opportunities are fostered.