Surviving Psychiatric Illness: Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Meet the Scientist - December 2014

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Presented by 
J. John Mann, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on depression
J. John Mann, M.D.
Columbia University Medical Center

Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience in Psychiatry and in Radiology, Columbia University Medical Center

Director of Research and Director of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Division, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Scientific Council Member (Joined 2003)

2022 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research

2008 Distinguished Investigator Grant

Dr. Mann’s research employs functional brain imaging, neurochemistry and molecular genetics to probe the causes of depression and suicide. He directs the NIMH Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders at Columbia University, conducting studies of risk factors for suicidal behavior in mood disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders, focusing on the neurobiological basis of suicidal behavior. This work has defined a more comprehensive model that is now being tested in one of the largest prospective studies of suicidal patients ever mounted. He has been a pioneer in the study of the brain abnormalities that predispose patients to suicide and the brain abnormalities associated with recurrent major depression and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Mann is past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research. Prior to joining Columbia, he held faculty positions at Cornell University Medical College and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and 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.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.