Meet the Scientist - January 2017

About This Webinar:

In this month's webinar, Dr. Fritz A. Henn shared his latest research findings on bipolar disorder.

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Presented by:

Fritz A. Henn, M.D., Ph.D.

Fritz A. Henn, M.D., Ph.D.

Foundation Scientific Council Member
2014 Recipient of the Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research
Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

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.

Moderator:

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

President & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., joined the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in 2012 as Chief Medical Officer and was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer at the start of 2013. Dr. Borenstein has more than two decades of experience in health and non-profit leadership. He is former CEO/Medical Director of Holliswood Hospital, where he served from 1996 to 2012. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and the Host of the award-winning series, “Healthy Minds,” which is broadcast on public television stations across the United States. He is Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

An active contributor to the psychiatric field  for more than three decades, Dr. Borenstein currently chairs the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association, the Mental Health Services Council of NY State, and the Section on Psychiatry, NY Academy of Medicine, where he is a Fellow. Among the many honors to his credit are the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NY State Connie Lieber Award, the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation and the Federation of Organizations Community Mental Health Man of the Year Award.

Dr. Borenstein is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine.

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