2017 International Mental Health Research Symposium

Friday, October 27, 2017
International Mental Health Research Symposium

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Online registration for this event has closed. Walk-in registrations are welcome on Friday, October 27. Please arrive early.

Hear the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners and select Young Investigators present updates on leading research discoveries across brain and behavior disorders, and a Special Keynote Presentation.

Registration: 8:30 am
Morning Session: 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners

The Prevention of Relapse with Medication: A Statistical Perspective
John M. Davis, M.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago

Toward Personalized Medicine in Schizophrenia: Clinical Trials Targeting Specific Biomarkers and Patient Populations
Deanna L. Kelly, Pharm.D., BCPP
University of Maryland School of Medicine

The Brain Circuitry of Bipolar Disorder: A View from Brain Scanning Research
Hilary P. Blumberg, M.D.
Yale School of Medicine

Mechanisms of Mood Disorder in the Human Brain: Neural Targets for New Treatments
Mary L. Phillips, M.D., M.D. (Cantab)
University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Recovery from Severe Psychosocial Deprivation
Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D.
The University of Maryland, College Park
Charles A. Nelson III, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital
Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., M.D.
Tulane University School of Medicine

Break: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Keynote Speaker

Are There Breakthrough Opportunities For Mental Health?
Herbert Pardes, M. D.
Executive Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

President, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council

Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners

Addiction as Brain Disorder of Self-Control
Trevor W. Robbins, Ph.D.
University of Cambridge, UK

Young Investigators

Harnessing the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis During Pregnancy to Improve Mother and Child’s Health
Mary C. Kimmel, M.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brain Development and the Immune System: The Basic Science of Stress
Anna V. Molofsky, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco


The order of the presentations is subject to change.

Moderated by 
Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D.
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar

Professor of Psychiatry

Scientific Council Member (Founding Member)

2003 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research (Colvin Prize)

2002 Distinguished Investigator Grant

Dr. Hirschfeld’s research has significantly contributed to understanding the classifications of depression and bipolar disorders; their clinical course, relationship to personality and personality disorders and treatment with medication and psychotherapy. He and his colleagues developed the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, the most widely used screening instrument for bipolar disorder.

Dr. Hirschfeld chaired the original and revised versions of the American Psychiatric Association’s working group to develop practice guidelines for treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. He was Chief of the Mood, Anxiety and Personality Disorders Research Branch and Clinical Director of the Depression Awareness, Recognition and Treatment (D/ART) Program of the NIMH.

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