Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Launches ‘New Hope in Mental Health Research Series’ in Texas


Barbara Wheeler
(516) 829-0091

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Leading scientists discuss breakthroughs and discoveries in mental health field

(GREAT NECK, NY – APRIL 12, 2011)


Benita Shobe, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation president and CEO, and J. Ken Harrison member of the board of directors, will host the New Hope in Mental Health Research Series in Texas and introduce the Campaign for Productive Lives. Speakers on new research advances and discoveries in the mental health field will be:

• Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council member

• Mauricio Tohen, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.B.A., Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Head, Division of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, University of Texas HSC at San Antonio, 1991 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

• Alan Frazer, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council member

• Consuelo Walss-Bass, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Functional Genomics Program, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

• Carol Tamminga, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council member, 1988, 2010 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants


The New Hope in Mental Health Research Series sponsored by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) is a unique nationwide event that will feature briefings with leading scientists. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of scientists. The Foundation is committed to accelerating its support of innovative and cutting-edge research to lead to scientific breakthroughs in treating mental illness. The Foundation is also committed to empowering families through expanded knowledge of mental illnesses by bringing the latest research findings directly to them.


April 26, 2011, 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m.

The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024
Featuring Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D.
April 27, 2011, 5:45 p.m.-7 p.m.

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
5424 Steiner Ranch Boulevard
Austin, TX 78732
Featuring Mauricio Tohen, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.B.A.

April 28, 2011, 5:45 p.m.-7 p.m.

Omni San Antonio Hotels
9821 Colonnade Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78230
Featuring Alan Frazer, Ph.D., and Consuelo Walss-Bass, Ph.D.
May 19, 2011, 5:45-7 p.m.

Hotel ZaZa Dallas
2332 Leonard Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Featuring Carol Tamminga, M.D.

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering of mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. One hundred percent of all donor contributions for research are invested in NARSAD Grants leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders. For a quarter of a century, the organization has awarded nearly $300 million worldwide to more than 3,300 scientists carefully selected by its prestigious Scientific Council. Since 1987 the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in 153 grants to 122 researchers in the state of Texas.

This event is open to the public at no charge. Registration is required. Go to for details.


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