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Robert Freedman, MD September 9, 2011, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm WPIC Auditorium

 

Meet the Principal Investigator
Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Schizophrenia—Patients, Neurons, and Cigarettes

Robert Freedman, MD
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Superintendent, Colorado Psychiatric Hospital
Research Director, Department of Veterans Affairs
VISN 19 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center

Robert Freedman, MD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Chicago.  He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Denver VA Medical Center, where he is Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Director of the Schizophrenia Research Center, and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Freedman has published over 200 scientific articles.  He has received the A.E. Bennett Prize of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the Edward Sachar Award of Columbia University, the William K. Warren Award of the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research, the Stanley Dean Award of the American College of Psychiatrists, the Merit Award of the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Distinguished Investigator Award of the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and has served as Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry since 2006.  He co-founded the Institute for Children’s Mental Disorders in 1999.  The Institute investigators under his direction have discovered genetic variants that affect the risks for serious mental disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Their investigations have led to new experimental treatments, currently in FDA-approved tests, for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and for administration to pregnant women and their newborn children to prevent abnormalities in early brain development that may lead to mental illness later in life. 

For more information regarding the Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series, please contact Jeanie Knox Houtsinger at knoxjv@upmc.edu.