The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is sponsoring a symposium with scientific presentations in honor of Richard Jed Wyatt, M.D., a researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 32 years and currently chief of the Neuropsychiatry Branch at NIMH The event will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2001, from 9-12am and 1:30-5pm, at Natcher Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland,. The event is open to the public.
Distinguished speakers will speak on topics of interest to Dr. Wyatt, throughout his career. Morning speakers include:
Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., Director, Department of neuroscience, Johns Hopkins Medical School, on "Forty Years of Neurotransmitters",
Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology, Yale University, on "Microcircuitry of Cognition",
Barry Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, on "Neural Transplantation - Deja-vu All Over Again",
Floyd Bloom, M.D., CEO, Neurome, Inc., on "Neuromics: How Genome Details Will Impact Neurosciences".
The afternoon will be comprised of short talks by scientists who served as fellows in Wyatt's laboratory over the years. They include: Daniel Weinberger, M.D., chief, NIMH Clinical Brain disorders Branch (CBDB); Joel Kleinman, M.D., NIMH CBDB; Karen Berman, NIMH CBDB; Lynn DeLisi, M.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook; Steve Potkin, M.D., University of California, Irvine; William Freed, Ph.D., NIDA; Jack Grebb, M.D., Janssen Research Foundation; and Daniel Luchins, M.D., University of Chicago.
"Richard Wyatt's lab has been the pioneer in translational research in psychiatry at the NIMH," noted Weinberger. "It provided a model for interactions between basic and clinical scientists focused around a common program goal: to understand the biology of schizophrenia. His lab has produced a generation of international leaders in schizophrenia research."
Wyatt has served in the NIMH Intramural Research Program since l969, studying schizophrenia, mood disorders, drug abuse, Alzheimer's disease and the biology of sleep. Research teams under his direction have pioneered experimental models of brain grafts for Parkinson's disease, and shown that early intervention can alter the course of schizophrenia.
This and other work have produced about 800 scientific publications and 6 books. Wyatt also co-produced (with his wife, Kay Jamison, Ph.D.) a series of programs about manic depressive illness and creativity that aired on public television. In his cover story in the Washington Post Health section, Feb 13, 2001, Wyatt related some of this experiences battling cancer for the third time. | NIMH Home | Welcome | News and Events | Clinical Trials | Funding Opportunities | | For the Public | For Practitioners | For Researchers | Intramural Research | | Top |
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