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Actress Glenn Close to address stigma of mental illness at world's largest brain science meeting
Date:5/11/2010

Neuroscience 2010, the 40th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), will showcase distinguished speakers and new research findings on the brain, nervous system, and related disorders Nov. 13-17 in San Diego. The Society's annual meeting is the world's largest source of emerging news on brain science and health.

Actress Glenn Close will discuss how science and society can work together to change minds on mental illness during the annual "Dialogues between Neuroscience and Society" lecture at Neuroscience 2010. The award-winning actress and co-founder of BringChange2Mind.org a not-for-profit organization dedicated to combating the stigma associated with mental illness will address the crucial importance of reducing the misconceptions and bias confronting those with conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

Advocating for public understanding that mental illness is a brain disease, Close will also discuss the role of research in uncovering the biological bases of mental illness and how with these conditions increasingly recognized as a global health challenge and science poised for continued discovery the public discerns fact from fiction to bring positive change for struggling families.

"For individuals and families touched by mental illness, it is crucial to accept and understand what is happening in the brain, and the field of neuroscience is a natural place to foster discussion about the intersection of brain science, treatment, and public advocacy," said SfN President Michael E. Goldberg, MD. "Ms. Close's presentation will be a powerful start to five days of emerging breakthroughs in brain science and health."

Each year, the "Dialogues" lecture features a luminary speaker whose work touches on brain function and the diversity of human experience. Past speakers include the Dalai Lama, architect Frank Gehry, computer entrepreneur Jeff Hawk
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Contact: Kat Snodgrass
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Society for Neuroscience
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