Some of the world’s leading scientists will discuss the latest research on cognitive neuroscience, and preventing and treating mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, addiction, and stress at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s 29th Annual International Mental Health Research Symposium for families and caregivers, Friday, October 27, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues) in Manhattan. The event features a keynote Are There Breakthrough Opportunities for Mental Health? by Herbert Pardes, M.D., Executive Vice Chairman of the NewYork -Presbyterian Board and President of the Foundation’s Scientific Council.
For 30 years, the Foundation has raised money to fund cutting-edge research for the understanding, early detection, treatment, prevention and cure of mental illness, which affects one in five people. For the full program and to register online, visit http://bit.ly/2eXKG57. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $35 per person.
The Symposium will feature presentations by winners of the Foundation’s 2017 Outstanding Achievement Prizes for Research including the Lieber Prize (Schizophrenia); the Maltz Prize (Schizophrenia); the Colvin Prize (Mood Disorders); the Ruane Prize (Child & Adolescent); and the Goldman-Rakic Prize (Cognitive Neuroscience).
The morning session (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) will be moderated by Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., Dewitt Wallace Senior Scholar, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, a founding member of the Foundation’s Scientific Council, and an internationally recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder.
Topics include The Prevention of Relapse with Medication: a Statistical Perspective; Toward Personalized Medicine in Schizophrenia: Clinical Trials Targeting Specific Biomarkers and Patient Populations; The Brain Circuitry of Bipolar Disorder: A View from Brain Scanning Research; Mechanisms of Mood Disorder in the Human Brain: Neural Targets for New Treatments; and Recovery from Severe Psychosocial Deprivation.
The afternoon session (1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) begins with a keynote address Are There Breakthrough Opportunities for Mental Health? by Dr. Pardes. He will discuss ways to improve care for people with psychiatric disorders through transformative research and clinical developments.
Presentations by 2016 Outstanding Achievement Prize winners continues with the topic Addiction as Brain Disorder of Self-Control.
The symposium concludes with a lecture by two of the Foundation’s Young Investigators: Harnessing the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis During Pregnancy to Improve Mother and Child’s Health; and Brain Developments and the Immune System: The Basic Science of Stress.
Commentary will be provided by Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., the Diane Goldman Kemper, Family Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, a member of the Foundation’s Scientific Council, a three-time Distinguished Investigator Grantee, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. For the past 30 years, she has directed a three-generation study of families at high and low risk for depression.