A number of sessions at the annual meeting featured presentations pertaining to the early detection and intervention paradigm for psychotic disorders and research findings were discussed from around the world that may inform future prevention approaches. While the primary prevention of schizophrenia on a population level may remain a somewhat distant goal, early detection and intervention strategies are promising in terms of the secondary prevention of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.

In an industry-sponsored symposium entitled “Treating Patients Early: Updates on the Controversy,” [1] Patrick D. McGorry, MD, PhD, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and Director of ORYGEN Youth Health and the ORYGEN Research Centre in Victoria, Australia, spoke on “The ‘Prodromal’ or Ultra-high Risk Stage of Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses: A Window for Understanding and Intervention.” Dr. McGorry noted that interest in this area was stimulated in part by the 1994 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report entitled “Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders: Frontiers for Preventive Intervention Research.

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