Some of the world’s leading scientists will discuss the latest research on cognitive neuroscience, and preventing and treating mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and ADHD at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s 27thth Annual New York Mental Health Research Symposium for families and caregivers, Friday, October 23, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues) in Manhattan.
The Foundation raises money to fund cutting-edge research for the understanding, early detection, treatment, prevention and cure of mental illness, which affects one in four people. For the full program and to register online, visit https://bbrfoundation.org/foundation-annual-symposium. Admission is complimentary with a suggested donation of $25 per person.
The morning session (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), will feature presentations by the winners of the Foundation’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Prizes, including the Lieber Prize (Schizophrenia Research); the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize (Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia Research); and the Colvin Prize (Mood Disorders Research). The lectures will be moderated by Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and an internationally recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder.
Topics include First Steps in Preventing Mental Illness for Future Generations; Fetal Origins of Mental Illness and Wellness; Clinical Staging and Personalized Mental Health Care; Prediction and Prevention of Psychosis in Clinical High Risk Young People; Pathways to the Development of Novel Therapies for Psychiatric Disorders; and Looking Inside the Cell to Understand Bipolar Disorder and its Treatment.
The afternoon session (1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) begins with a keynote address Living with Bipolar Disorder by Keith O’Neil, a former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, and President and Founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation.
The winner of the Foundation’s Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Research will discuss treating the Developing Versus Developed Brain, and the winner of the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience will discuss Exploring the Higher Brain Circuits Altered in Schizophrenia: Hope for Future Treatments.
The meeting will conclude with a lecture by two of the Foundation’s Young Investigators with commentary by Robert R. Freedman, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of its Schizophrenia Research Center. Topics include Personalized Medicine in the Genomic Era: Treating Schizophrenia with Precision; and Optical Mapping of Neurotransmission, One Molecule at a Time.