Meet the Scientist Webinar: "Depression in Families" with Myrna Weissman, Ph.D.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults experiences mental illness (source: Centers for Disease Control). Current topics of interest to those affected by mental illness, their friends and families and the public are explored in this free series of “Meet the Scientist” webinars on the second Tuesday of each month. The series hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, acting Pres. & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, features interviews with leading mental health researchers about new technologies, diagnostic tools, early intervention strategies and next generation therapies for mental illness.

This month’s webinar features Dr. Myrna Weissman, Prof., Depts. of Epidemiology & Psychiatry, Columbia Univ. Coll. of Physicians and Surgeons, a leading expert on depression in families. Dr. Weissman is recognized throughout the psychiatric community for her groundbreaking 25-year, three generation study of depression, and is particularly interested in the impact of stress upon those who are already susceptible to becoming depressed. The most consistent worldwide epidemiological finding about depression is that it is twice as prevalent in women as in men. Studies show that the periods of greatest risk for some women may coincide with the periods of major hormonal changes in their lives. In 1994, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awarded her its Bipolar Mood Disorders Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research. She, in turn, established the Klerman Award for clinical research by NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees, named for her late husband, Gerald Klerman, M.D., with whom she worked at Yale. Dr. Weissman has been a recipient of NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants in 1991, 2000 and 2005.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM