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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Public Affairs
Media Contact: Eric Vohr
April 14, 2008
OLYMPIC MEDALIST DOROTHY HAMILL AND ACTRESS MARIETTE HARTLEY FEATURED SPEAKERS AT THE JOHNS HOPKINS MOOD DISORDERS SYMPOSIUM
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will hold its 22nd annual Mood Disorders Symposium, focused this year on depression and bipolar illness among women and teenagers, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, April 15. The symposium is to be held in the Thomas B. Turner Building, 720 Rutland Ave. on the Johns Hopkins medical campus.
Specialists from Johns Hopkins and other top psychiatric centers in the country will be joined by Dorothy Hamill, gold medalist at the 1976 winter Olympics in figure skating, and TV and film actress Mariette Hartley, best known for her Emmy-award winning role in 1978’s film “The Incredible Hulk.”
Hamill, who lives in Baltimore, will share her own experience with clinical depression. Hartley, whose bountiful film and TV career spans four decades, will talk about the impact of her grandfather’s bipolar disease.
“Our objective as always in these get-togethers is to share and discuss with professionals and patients the latest research and treatment findings concerning clinical depression and bipolar illness,” say Karen L. Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Clinical Programs. “This year’s emphasis on mental illness among women and adolescents should prove rich in content.”
For more than two decades, the symposium has featured a “who’s who” of distinguished guests describing their personal experiences with depression and other mood disorders, including CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, TV star Drew Carey, talk show host and New York Times contributor Dick Cavet, and former U.S. Senator George McGovern.
This year, psychiatric disease specialists from Johns Hopkins include Swartz; Jennifer L. Payne, M.D., co-director of the Women’s Mood Disorders Clinic; Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center; John T. Walkup, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., Henry Phipps Professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center.
Speakers also include David A. Brent, M.D., a professor of pediatrics, child psychiatry and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and David R. Rubinow, M.D., Assad Meymandi Professor and chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The agenda includes discussion about the assessment of mood disorders and treatment dilemmas in adolescents, the risk of suicide and use of psychotropic drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), post-adoption and postpartum depression, and the relationship between hormones and mood disorders.
The event is intended for professionals, patients, family members and anyone who has an interest in learning more about mood disorders that target women and adolescents. Registrants will participate in open discussions with researchers and clinicians from Johns Hopkins and other institutions.
The symposium is presented by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, the Johns Hopkins University School of nursing and Johns Hopkins Continuing Medical Education.
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