School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

SOM researchers host forum on child and adolescent neuropsychiatric disorders

Manuel Tancer, M.D.

Manuel Tancer, M.D.

Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D.

Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D.

David Rosenberg, M.D.

David Rosenberg, M.D.

Jeffrey Stanley, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Stanley, Ph.D.

Mental illness places an overwhelming psychological burden on individuals and families in the United States.

Approximately half of people with a psychiatric disorder will have reported onset of symptoms by the age of 14 and three-quarters by the age of 24, underscoring the importance of understanding how abnormal brain development may increase vulnerability for psychiatric disorders.

To focus attention on this important problem, researchers in the divisions of Brain Research and Imaging Neuroscience and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine will present a public forum on the latest research and treatment approaches to mental and psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. "Childhood and Adolescent Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders: From Vulnerability to Treatment" will be held April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Margherio Family Conference Center in the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons, 320 E. Canfield, at the WSU School of Medicine.

"Mental illness in the United States leads to higher mortality rates, higher health care costs and is a leading cause of disability among people aged 15 to 44," said Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., assistant professor and co-director of the Division of Brain Research and Imaging Neuroscience. "Understanding what is happening in the brain during childhood and adolescence will be crucial in informing approaches to treatment and possible prevention."

In addition to informing the public about emerging research, the forum also will provide an opportunity for open discussion.

Manuel Tancer, M.D., the Elliot D. Luby professor and Chair of the WSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, will present opening remarks, and Frank McMaster, Ph.D., the 2008 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression’s Young Investigator, will serve as moderator.

Presentations include:

“Pathways of Vulnerability in the Adolescent Brain: Where, How and Why Development May Go Wrong,” by Dr. Diwadkar.

“How Studying the Brain Informs Treatment: Studies in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,” by David Rosenberg, M.D., the Miriam L. Hamburger Endowed professor of the WSU Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

“ADHD: A Child and Adolescent Disorder of Brain Neurodevelopment,” by Jeffrey Stanley, Ph.D., WSU associate professor and co-director of Brain Research and Imaging Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.

The forum is one of 35 being held around the country during April and May as part of the “Healthy Minds Across America” campaign organized by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (www.narsad.org). The presentations will center on emerging brain imaging results and their implications for treatment and management, with an emphasis on understanding brain function and neurochemistry in illnesses such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The forum is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to register, visit http://healthyminds.med.wayne.edu or call (877) 460-2003.

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