Meet the Scientist - October 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: "The Adolescent Brain and Mood Disorder Risk"
When: Tuesday, October 13, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern
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Webinar Speaker
Carrie E. Bearden, Ph.D.
NARSAD Grantee, 2003, 2005
Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

The rate of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) doubles in adolescence, but the reasons for this are not well understood. This talk will discuss what is known about biological (i.e., hormonal and circadian rhythm) and psychosocial changes that take place in adolescence, and how these factors may be relevant to increased risk for mood disorder during this vulnerable period. Some examples from a cohort of adolescents at very high risk for mood disorder, based on genetic liability, will be presented. Mechanistically- focused interventions will also be discussed.”

Carrie E. Bearden, Ph.D., is Professor (Joanne and George Miller Family Term Chair) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology at UCLA. Her research focus is on the identification of underlying vulnerability markers, or endophenotypes, for adolescent-onset neuropsychiatric disorders (psychosis and mood disorder). Dr. Bearden has been using converging methodologies to study clinical high-risk samples and highly penetrant ‘genetic subtypes’ of these diseases (e.g. population isolates). Dr. Bearden joined the UCLA faculty in 2003 and Is co-director of the Neurogenetics track for the UCLA Neuroscience Ph.D. program. our computer.

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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