MAR 13, 2019 6:00 AM PDT

Keynote Presentation: Updates from the NIH BRAIN Initiative

Presented at: Neuroscience 2019
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speakers
  • Director of National Institute of Mental Health
    Biography
      Dr. Gordon received his MD/PhD degree at the University of California, San Francisco and completed his Psychiatry residency and research fellowship at Columbia University. He joined the Columbia faculty in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry where he conducted research, taught residents, and maintained a general psychiatry practice. In September of 2016, he became the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

      Dr. Gordon's research focuses on the analysis of neural activity in mice carrying mutations of relevance to psychiatric disease. His lab studies 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 employs a range of systems neuroscience techniques, including in vivo anesthetized and awake behaving recordings and optogenetics, which is the use of light to control neural activity. His work has direct relevance to schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression.

      Dr. Gordon's work has been recognized by several prestigious awards, including the 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.

    Abstract:

    Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will provide an overview of challenges and opportunities in mental health research. Dr. Gordon will present emerging approaches and technologies, and future directions for this multidisciplinary field that the BRAIN initiative has afforded. 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.


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