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JOHNS HOPKINS MOOD DISORDER CENTER TO HOST EXPERTS ON DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDERS

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Oct. 26, 2005

JOHNS HOPKINS MOOD DISORDER CENTER TO HOST EXPERTS ON DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDERS

The Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, a newly organized entity in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University 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 in the David Mahoney Forum of the Dana Center located at 900 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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. By 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 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 featured at the press event include J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., 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, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Center, recipient of a MacArthur Award, coauthor of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness, and author of An Unquiet Mind; James Potash, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor and co-director of the Mood Disorders Program and director of the research component; and Karen L. Swartz, M.D., assistant professor and co-director of the Mood Disorders Program and director of the clinical program, as well as founder of the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), and co-director for residency education and for the Women’s Mood Disorders Clinic.

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 Dana Foundation, publishes health and popular science books about the brain for the general reader.

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