New Mood Disorders Center Hosts Event in
By Eric Vohr
Johns Hopkins Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, a newly
organized entity in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences at the School of Medicine, is presenting a
panel of prominent faculty to discuss the latest research
and clinical findings on depression and bipolar disorders.
The discussion will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. on
Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Dana Center in Washington, D.C.
The event, hosted by William Safire, chairman of the
Dana Foundation and a columnist for The New York Times
Magazine, is titled Depression and Bipolar Disorders
in the 21st Century: A Clinical and Research Update.
The panel discussion will highlight the Mood Disorders
Center's current activities and future plans, as well as
address psychiatric issues that are making headlines.
Specific discussion topics are "Depression and Bipolar
Disorders: Pressing Issues in the 21st Century," "Good
Drugs, Bad Prescriptions," "Mood Disorders and Creativity"
and "From Molecules to Moods."
More than 20 million Americans suffer from depression
or bipolar disorder; suicide, which kills 30,000 people in
the United States each year, is the third leading cause of
death in young people. Depression and bipolar disorder are
implicated in the overwhelming majority of suicides. The
World Health Organization estimates that by 2020 depression
will be the second leading cause of "lost years of healthy
life" worldwide. The worldwide economic cost of depression
is estimated at $80 billion a year.
Johns Hopkins faculty to be featured at the event are
J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., co-director of the Mood Disorders
Center, Henry Phipps Professor and director of the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and
psychiatrist in chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Kay
Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry, co-director of
the center, recipient of a MacArthur award, co-author of
the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness and
author of An Unquiet Mind; James Potash, assistant
professor, co-director of the Mood Disorders Program and
director of the research component; and Karen L. Swartz,
assistant professor, co-director of the Mood Disorders
Program, director of the clinical program, founder of the
Adolescent Depression Awareness Program and co-director for
residency education and for the Women's Mood Disorders
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic
foundation with principal interests in science, health and
education. Its current areas of emphasis are in
neuroscience and immunology research, and the training of
arts educators. Dana Press, a division of the foundation,
publishes health and science books about the brain for the
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