Meet the Scientist - November 2015

Meet the Scientist Webinar Series
Please join us by phone or on the web for our Meet the Scientist Webinar Series! Hear leading mental health researchers present the latest in new technologies, diagnostic tools, early intervention strategies and next-generation therapies for mental illness.
Webinar Details:
Topic: "Psychosis as a Learning and Memory Disorder"
When: Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern
Psychosis is a dimension of illness like schizophrenia which is thought to have its own pathophysiology. In psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, the part of the brain which processes memory (the hippocampus) is hyperactive, one of the only regions of brain which is hyperactive in schizophrenia. We have studied human hippocampal tissue by subfield comparing schizophrenia and healthy tissue, and find very clear pathology in hippocampus which could underlie this hyperactivity and plausibly mediate psychotic manifestations in the illness itself.
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Webinar Speaker
Carol A. Tamminga, M.D.
Foundation Scientific Council Member
NARSAD Grantee, 1988, 2010
Professor and Chair of Psychiatry
Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Chair in Psychiatric Research
McKenzie Chair in Psychiatry
Chief of Translational Neuroscience Research in Schizophrenia
University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School

In broad terms, the work of Dr. Tamminga and her colleagues seeks to define predictors and understand the mechanism of treatment response; to crease and refine biomarkers, behavioral assessment and genetic variants that characterize psychotic disorders; to evaluate existing therapies for new indications; and, in collaboration with academic, industry and regulatory agencies, to hasten the development of more effective new treatments for psychotic disorders.

Prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern, Dr. Tamminga worked at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS) and the University of Maryland, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. She co-founded the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research and continues to direct its activities.

Webinar Speaker
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
President & CEO
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, a board certified psychiatrist, has dedicated his professional life to the mental health field and to improving the lives of those with mental illness. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric News, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and host of the award-winning Public Television series “Healthy Minds,” a program designed to educate people and dispel myths about mental illness.

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