Yale Will Hold Symposium April 20 on New Advances In Treating the Mentally Ill

A symposium on recent neuroscience advances that hold promise for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness will be held April 20 in Harkness Auditorium at Yale School of Medicine from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The presentations are designed for a lay audience as well as mental health professionals and will be non-technical. The symposium is free and open to all individuals who work with people with mental illness and to mental health consumers and their families from around the state. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The opening remarks will be made by Arthur Evans, deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health, as well as Benjamin Bunney, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.

An introduction will be made by John Krystal, M.D., deputy chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry, and by Stella Cretella, vice president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-CT), Connecticut chapter.

The first presentation will be made by Neill Epperson, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale Gynecology Program, who will speak about clues to the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

James Leckman, M.D., the Nelson Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, will explain new advances in understanding the cause and development of Tourette’s Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Amy Arnsten, M.D., associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Neurobiology, will talk about research into the cause and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Charles Morgan III, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, will discuss posttraumatic stress disorder and the aftermath of the terrorist bombing in New York Sept. 11, 2001.

Christopher Van Dyck, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit and Cognitive Disorders Clinic, will address pharmacotherapy and brain function as they relate to Alzheimer’s Disease.

A general discussion will follow led by Joan Kaufman, assistant professor of psychiatry at the medical school and the Yale Child Study Center.

In addition to Yale, the sponsors include the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; the Connecticut Mental Health Center; the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the Yale Mental Health Education Program.

For more information, please call Georgia Miller at 203-974-7723.

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