TAAR1 Agonism: An Emerging Target in Schizophrenia Management


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This CE activity for ACPE credit is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.


Although there are many treatment options for patients with schizophrenia, for more than 70 years there has been only one therapeutic approach: dopamine blockade at the post-synaptic receptor. All currently available antipsychotics work through this mechanism of action. While this is often effective for reducing the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, it typically does little to manage negative symptoms or cognitive deficits, and discontinuation rates are often high due to adverse effects such as weight gain and involuntary movement disorders.

Recent insights into other neural networks involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia have led to the development of novel treatments that would target different neurotransmitters, potentially improving other symptom domains while reducing the risk for metabolic and neurologic adverse effects. One of the most promising of these is agonism of the trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1), which resides intracellularly in both the pre- and post-synaptic neuron.

Join neuropsychopharmacology expert Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH, as he introduces TAAR1 agonists and other emerging therapies in the treatment of schizophrenia.


Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
New York Medical College
Valhalla, New York

Date: May 22, 2023
Expiration date: May 22, 2024
Estimated time to complete activity: 60 minutes

This educational activity has been designed to meet the needs of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other advanced healthcare providers who manage patients with schizophrenia.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve clinician knowledge about current treatments for schizophrenia and gaps in management
  • Describe the mechanism of action and clinical rationale for TAAR1 agonism in the treatment of schizophrenia
  • Review available safety and efficacy data for emerging TAAR1 agonists under development for schizophrenia

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period of May 22, 2023 through May 22, 2024 participants must:

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Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH
Consultant: AbbVie/Allergan, Acadia, Adamas, Alkermes, Angelini, Astellas, Avanir, Axsome, BioXcel, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cadent Therapeutics, Cerevel, Clinilabs, COMPASS, Eisai, Enteris BioPharma, HLS Therapeutics, Idorsia, INmune Bio, Impel, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Janssen, Karuna, Lundbeck, Lyndra, Medavante-ProPhase, Marvin, Merck, Mitsubishi-Tanabe Pharma, Neurocrine, Neurelis, Novartis, Noven, Otsuka, Ovid, Praxis, Recordati, Relmada, Reviva, Sage, Sunovion, Supernus, Teva, University of Arizona, Vanda
Royalties/Publishing Income: Taylor & Francis (Editor-in-Chief, Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2022-date), Wiley (Editor in-Chief, International Journal of Clinical Practice, through end 2019), UpToDate (reviewer), Springer Healthcare (book), Elsevier (Topic Editor, Psychiatry, Clinical Therapeutics)
Speaker: AbbVie/Allergan, Acadia, Alkermes, Angelini, Axsome, BioXcel, Eisai, Idorsia, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Janssen, Lundbeck, Neurocrine, Noven, Otsuka, Recordati, Sage, Sunovion, Takeda, Teva, and CME activities organized by medical education companies such as Medscape, NACCME, NEI, Vindico, and Universities and Professional Organizations/Societies
Stocks (small number of shares of common stock): Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer purchased >10 years ago, stock options: Reviva

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