When: Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern
Foundation Scientific Council Member & 2014 Colvin Prizewinner for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research
Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Henn applies imaging, animal studies, and genetics to understanding the bases of depression and schizophrenia. His group is attempting to use animals modeling depression to identify the genes altered by aversive experience, which may contribute to depression. They are also beginning clinical tests with patients using deep brain stimulation (DBS) to inhibit the habenula, a group of neurons associated with pain processing and negative feedback encoding, as a potential treatment for depression. The successful move from the animal model to working on patients suggests this model may help to identify the pathophysiology of depression. The group feels this lies in altered excitatory transmission in the cortex and has patented a class of drugs that may reverse this.
Dr. Henn has had extensive clinical and administrative experience, chairing a department of psychiatry, running a major international research center in Germany, and recently serving as the Associate Laboratory Director for Life Sciences for 4 years at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
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.