Leading Researchers Highlight Key Discoveries in Mental Health Field at NARSAD Mental Health Research Symposium October 29 in New York City

Posted: October 12, 2010

Contact: Barbara Wheeler


Leading Researchers Highlight Key Discoveries in Mental Health Field at NARSAD Mental Health Research Symposium October 29 in New York City


Barbara Wheeler
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NARSAD announces its 22nd annual Mental Health Research Symposium featuring 11 leading mental health researchers sharing new breakthroughs and insights on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, geriatric depression, cognitive neuroscience and childhood psychiatric disorders. The event is open to the public at no charge. Registration is required.


October 29, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Peterson Hall, 50 East 68th St. at Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021


The symposium will feature an international panel of 11 NARSAD researchers – six are receiving lifetime achievement awards from NARSAD this year. Five are NARSAD Young Investigators, researchers undertaking mental health research with the help of NARSAD grants. Awardees are: Lars Vedel Kessing, M.D., D.M.Sc., University of Copenhagen; Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., University of California, San Diego; Stephen J. Glatt, Ph.D.,State University of New York, Upstate Medical University; Avshalom Caspi, Ph.D.
Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and Institute of Psychiatry/King’s College London; Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D., Duke University and Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience/King’s College London; Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine. Young Investigators are: Tatiana Melnikova, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Rakesh Karmacharya, M.D., Ph.D., McLean Hospital; Stefan B. Rowny, M.D., Columbia University; Andreas Keller, Ph.D., Rockefeller University; Carsten K. Nielsen, Ph.D., Ernest Gallo Clinic & Research Center. To learn about each of these researchers, please click here. For a complete schedule go to www.narsad.org/events/nycresearchsymposium.


Symposium moderators will be Robert M. A. Hirschfeld, M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Herbert Y. Meltzer, M.D., Vanderbilt University. Both are members of the NARSAD Scientific Council, a premier group of mental health researchers that lead the rigorous and competitive process of identifying the most promising ideas for NARSAD to fund in grant awards each year.


NARSAD is the leading donor-supported organization dedicated to finding the causes, improved treatments and cures for mental illness. Since 1987 NARSAD has awarded more than $260 million in 3,832 grants to 3,132 scientists around the world. “NARSAD will highlight leading mental health researchers who have made significant breakthroughs in the field at its research symposium,” said Benita Shobe, NARSAD president and CEO. “The research findings and insights to be shared point toward improved lives for the one in four Americans who struggle with mental illness. It is through research like this that we move forward on the pathway from discovery to recovery for all the individuals and families living with mental illness.”

For a complete event schedule go to www.narsad.org/events/nycresearchsymposium