Michael C. Dulchin, M.D., and John M. Oldham, M.D.,
The 12th annual New York State Ofﬁce of Mental Health Re-
search Conference met in Albany for three days in December of
1999. The conference this year was dedicated to the late Heinz E.
Lehman, M.D. ‘‘with gratitude for his many contributions to the
citizens of New York State.’’ Dr. Lehman served as Deputy Com-
missioner for Research for the Ofﬁce of Mental Health for over
seventeen years. His leadership and research experience were
strongly felt and valued, and his wise presence had become an
integral part of the annual research conference. Once again re-
searchers from the state and nation presented their work. Clini-
cians and scientists from all the mental health disciplines at-
tended presentations in a variety of formats: paper presentations,
poster session, workshops, roundtable discussions, and ‘‘Ask the
Experts’’ panels. This year’s interactive satellite broadcast enti-
tled ‘‘Stress and Severe Mental Illness’’ featured Dr. Dennis Char-
ney and Dr. Kennth Kendler.
Psychiatric Quarterly devotes one entire issue each year to the
conference, and this year we have six outstanding papers, selected
from the many exciting presentations. These papers range from
examinations of epidemiological trends and courses of illness; to
recommendations for treatment of speciﬁc populations; to exami-
nations of the aspects of schizophrenia that affect a particular
court case; and to efforts to identify those aspects of a form of
schizophrenia that make it treatment refractory.
There were a number of presentations at the conference which
focused on the long term outcome in Axis II disorders. Carlos
Grilo’s paper was selected from this group. He, with Drs. McGlas-
han and Skodol, reviews the literature on the stability and course
PSYCHIATRIC QUARTERLY, Vol. 71, No. 4, Winter 2000
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