Searching for the Seeds of Psychosis

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monthly Webinar: Searching for the Seeds of Psychosis

Dr. Malaspina will present the findings that mistakenly led American psychiatrists to believe that bad parenting caused psychosis in children a half century ago. New findings show how the ages of parents can influence the risk to children, independent of any psychological issues.

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Presented by 
Dolores Malaspina, M.D., M.S., MSPH
Dolores Malaspina, M.D., M.S., MSPH
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Director, Psychosis Program

2007 Distinguished Investigator Grant

2001 Independent Investigator Grant

1995, 1993 Young Investigator Grant

Dolores Malaspina applied to medical school with one aim–to understand the illness, schizophrenia, that afflicts her younger sister. Dr. Malaspina’s research has found that about a quarter of all people living with schizophrenia may owe their symptoms to spontaneous mutations in paternal sperm, and the older the father, the more likely his sperm is to carry such mutations. Still a practicing clinician, Dr. Malaspina also hosts a weekly “Psychiatry Show” on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio and is a four-time Foundation Grantee including two Young, one Independent and one Distinguished Investigator Grant.

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy Award-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.