The Department of Psychiatry is honored to welcome Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to Pittsburgh as our featured speaker for the Distinguished Scientist Lecture series.
As Director of the NIMH, Dr. Gordon oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and clinical research that seeks to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. His own research focuses on the analysis of neural activity in mice carrying mutations of relevance to psychiatric disease. His lab studied genetic models of these diseases from an integrative neuroscience perspective, focused on understanding how a given disease mutation leads to a behavioral phenotype across multiple levels of analysis. To this end, he has employed a range of systems neuroscience techniques, including in vivo imaging, anesthetized and awake behavioral recordings, and optogenetics, which is the use of light to control neural activity. His research has direct relevance to schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression. Dr. Gordon’s work has been recognized by several prestigious awards, including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation – NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the Rising Star Award from the International Mental Health Research Organization, the A.E. Bennett Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the Daniel H. Efron Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Dr. Gordon's lecture will explore the ways that the future of psychiatry will be shaped through emerging approaches and technologies on both basic and clinical levels. His presentation will highlight three of his highest scientific priorities as NIMH Director: Suicide Prevention, Neural Circuits, and Computation. In this era of unprecedented opportunity, Dr. Gordon will highlight the importance of cross-disciplinary, integrative approaches to address the vast complexities associated with mental illnesses as we move closer to our goal of finding effective treatments and therapies.
Learning Objectives. At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:
Discuss the role of the NIMH in supporting neuroscience and psychiatry research.
Describe how neural circuit approaches hold promises for advancing understanding and novel treatments for mental illnesses.
Assess how computational approaches hold promises for advancing understanding and novel treatments for mental illnesses.
The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
Location. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium.
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