Forum raises awareness of mental health conditions and research

WHAT: A free public forum on mental health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Faculty will speak on topics including myths and misunderstandings about psychiatric disorders, drug use among adolescents, and the genetics of schizophrenia.
The forum is one of dozens being held across the country as part of the “Healthy Minds Across America” effort organized by NARSAD, a nonprofit that funds scientific research on the causes, treatments and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders.
“Healthy Minds Across America” was planned as a lead-in to Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Health Science Center auditorium, located at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center.

WHO: The following Health Science Center faculty members will speak:
• Pedro Delgado, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. (“Current Myths and Misunderstandings About Psychiatric Disorders”)
• Donald Dougherty, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry. (“Risk Factors and Development of Drug Use Among Adolescents”)
• Consuelo Walss-Bass, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry. (“Genetics of Schizophrenia: Where Are We Now?”)
The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the three speakers, as well as Mauricio Tohen, M.D., director of the Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Daniel Lodge, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology; and Jodi Gonzalez, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry. The moderator will be Alan Frazer, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Pharmacology.

NOTES: Reservations are recommended, although they are not required. Call (877) 460-2003 to make a reservation.
More information on NARSAD can be found at
Spanish-language interviews are available.



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