Annual Meeting 2017-Scientific Program

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Developmental Neurosciences: Do We Know Enough to Prevent or Reverse Major Behavioral Disorders?

The NAM will host its 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on October 16, 2017. Registration will open in Summer 2017. Please join our mailing list to be notified when registration is open.

Program Features

Keynote: Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Panel 1: Brain Plasticity and its Disorders: Autism Spectrum and Schizophrenias

Moderator: Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Mental Health
Basic science: Charles Nelson, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital
Autism: Mattew State, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
Schizophrenias (dendritic pruning): Beth Stevens, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Schizophrenias (developmental perspective): 
Deanna Barch, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Panel 2: Vulnerability and Resilience: Anxiety Disorders and Bipolar Depression

Moderator: Huda Akil, Ph.D., University of Michigan
The experience of bipolar disorder: John Krystal, M.D., Yale University
The circuitry of fear and anxiety: Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University
Adolescent brain, development of self-control: Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
The genetics of bipolar disorder: Thomas Lehner, Ph.D., M.P.H., National Institutes of Mental Health

Panel 3: Decision-Making, Impulsivity, and Addiction

Moderator: Margaret Hamburg, M.D., National Academy of Medicine
Opioid addiction case: Christopher Jones, Ph.D., Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Developmental perspective and decision-making: Valerie Reyna, Ph.D., Cornell University
The brain biology of addiction and risk-taking: George Koob, Ph.D., National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Legal context: Richard Bonnie, LL.B., University of Virginia



In addition to the scientific program, NAM President Dr. Victor J. Dzau will welcome the newest class of NAM members and will present the 2016 winners of the Gustav O. Lienhard AwardBernard and Rhoda Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, and the Member Awards.

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  • Planning Committee

    • Gilbert Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, University of Michigan
    • Nancy E. Adler, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
    • Huda Akil, Ph.D., University of Michigan
    • Thomas Boyce, M.D., University of California, San Francisco
    • Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University
    • Steven E. Hyman, M.D., Harvard University


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