Meet the Scientist - May 2014

Meet the Scientist Webinar SeriesPlease join us by phone or on the web for our Meet the Scientist Webinar Series! Hear leading mental health researchers present the latest in new technologies, diagnostic tools, early intervention strategies and next-generation therapies for mental illness.

Webinar Details:

Topic: "Understanding Brain Development as a Foundation for Understanding Brain Diseases"
When: Tuesday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern

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John L.R. Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry
Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology
Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
University of California at San Francisco
Foundation Scientific Council Member
Three-time NARSAD Grantee
Dr. Rubenstein's basic research interest is in developmental neurobiology, particularly the development of the forebrain, the area of the brain that is required for the highest intellectual functions. His clinical interest is in neurodevelopmental disorders. Early in his career, Dr. Rubenstein applied his training in biophysics to basic explorations of membrane structure and biogenesis. Later, he used antisense RNA and retroviral vectors, advanced techniques for manipulating genetic information, to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms of embryogenesis.

Dr. Rubenstein trained at Stanford University and the Pasteur Institute in Paris prior to joining UCSF. While serving as a resident physician at Stanford Medical School, he began experiments on the genetic control of forebrain development that remain the focus of his work at UCSF, where he examines genetic mechanisms underlying epilepsy and cognitive disorders.



Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
President & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., Acting President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research FoundationJeffrey 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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