For Release: March 31, 2010
David Corriveau, Media Relations Officer, Dartmouth Medical School, at David.A.Corriveau@Dartmouth.edu or 603-653-0771
DMS to highlight mental-health conditions, treatments
Lebanon, N.H.—Mental-health researchers and practitioners from Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Dartmouth College will describe breakthroughs and emerging treatments for schizophrenia, depression, and other conditions during a gathering for Upper Valley patients and families at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) on April 10.
DMS is hosting the presentation, which will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at DHMC's Auditorium G, as part of "Healthy Minds Across America," a nationwide series of public talks under the sponsorship of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). NARSAD has supported the research of faculty members at DMS and Dartmouth College, with grants totaling nearly $1.1 million. In addition to schizophrenia and depression, these faculty members also study bipolar disorder, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Alan I. Green, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry, the Raymond Sobel Professor of Psychiatry, and a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at DMS, will moderate the discussion. He will cohost the first presentation - "Brain, Body and Reward: Optimal Treatments for Severe Mental Illness" - with Stephen J. Bartels, M.D., who directs DMS's Centers on Health and Aging. Bartels, a NARSAD independent investigator, is a professor of psychiatry and of community and family medicine.
Next, Mary F. Brunette, M.D., and David J. Bucci, Ph.D., will discuss "What Does Nicotine Have to Do with Mental Health?" Brunette is an associate professor of psychiatry at DMS and serves as medical director of the Bureau of Behavioral Health for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Bucci is an associate professor in Dartmouth College's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and chairs the department's graduate program. Both researchers have received NARSAD young-investigator grants.
DMS faculty members Allan T. Gulledge, Ph.D., and Jennifer Gottlieb, Ph.D., will wrap up the presentations with "Nature and Nurture: Biology of Psychiatric Disease and Impact of Psychosocial Treatments." Gulledge is an assistant professor of physiology. Gottlieb, a research assistant professor and a NARSAD young investigator, works at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon.
While the presentations are open to the public at no cost, space is limited in Auditorium G, and the organizers recommend making reservations. Registration is available by visiting www.narsad.org/hmaa/Dartmouth or by calling 877-460-2003.
NARSAD has distributed grants totaling more than $256 million to more than 2,900 scientists at 440-plus universities, medical centers, and research institutes in the United States and 28 other countries since 1987. For more information about NARSAD, a registered public charity, visit www.narsad.org or call 800-829-8289.