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NARSAD's 5th Annual 'Mission Possible' Symposium Offers Insight to PTSD and Other Mental Illnesses
Date:3/19/2008

ds in Psychiatric Disorders Research." The session's presenters will report on new developments in research on bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and childhood mental disorders.

-- "How Do Genes Cause Mental Illness?" by Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., director of the Genes, Cognition and Psychosis Program of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, who will explain how genes can be used to understand basic mechanisms of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

-- "New Treatment Approaches for Bipolar Disorder" by Andrew Nierenberg, M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and associate director, Depression Clinical and Research Program, and medical director, Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, who will discuss his work in a pioneering study, the STEP-BD program, which follows 4,000 participants affected by treatment-resistant bipolar disorder, and the promising new results of that study.

-- "What is the Brain Teaching Us About Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders?" by Francisco Xavier Castellanos, M.D., director of research, New York University Child Study Center, who will discuss the role of neuroscience research in the clinical decision-making process regarding the diagnosis and treatment of childhood mental illnesses such as ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder.

The symposium's sessions will be moderated by Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H., executive director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education and director of the Division of Research of the American Psychiatric Association.

Professional continuing medical education credits will be made available. This activity has been approved for 5 AMA PRA Category 1(TM) credits. Also, the Metro-D.C. Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has approved this activity for 6 credits.

This year's symposium is made possible through a partnership of NARSAD,
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