Yale Sponsors "Neuroscience 2001: The Neurobiology of Recovery," a Symposium Aimed at Mental Health Professionals, Consumers and Their Families

Yale researchers will discuss advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness at Yale School of Medicine on Saturday, March 31 during Neuroscience 2001: The Neurobiology of Recovery.

Yale researchers will discuss advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness at Yale School of Medicine on Saturday, March 31 during Neuroscience 2001: The Neurobiology of Recovery.

“The presentations are directed at a lay audience and will be non-technical in nature,” said conference organizer, John Krystal, M.D., deputy chair for research in theDepartment of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. “In addition to mental health professionals, the symposium is open to mental health consumers and their families throughout Connecticut.”

The symposium, which is free of charge, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Yale’s Harkness Auditorium at the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St., New Haven.

Speakers and topics include:

–Lynn Selemon, associate research scientist in neurobiology at Yale, “Brain Development and Psychiatric Illness.”

–Hilary Blumberg, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale and at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, “Brain Circuits, Symptoms and Mental Functions in Bipolar Disorders.”

–Daniel H. Mathalon, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale and at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Psychiatric Service, “Brain Circuits, Symptoms, and Mental Functions in Schizophrenia.”

–Ronald S. Duman, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at Yale and Director of the Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities, “Toward a Neurobiology of Recovery Part I: Stimulating the Growth of New Nerve Cells and New Connections in Animals.”

–Bruce Wexler, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Yale and Medical Director for Rehabilitation Services, Connecticut Mental Health Center, “Toward a Neurobiology of Recovery Part II: Improved Brain Function in Schizophrenia with Cognitive Rehabilitation.”

A general discussion with speakers will be moderated by Joan Kaufman, assistant professor of psychiatry and in the Child Study Center at Yale.

The conference is being presented by Connecticut Mental Health Center, The State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and The Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine in association with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Yale Mental Health Education Program.

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