Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital Conference Center- October 1, 2015
11:00am - 12:00pm Registration and Lunch
12:00pm - 1:00pm Program
Kerry Ressler, M.D. “Neuorogenetic Approaches to Fear and PTSD: From Mice to Men
Dr. Kerry Ressler is Professor of Psychiatry, Chief Scientific Officer, Chief of the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Division, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
His expertise is in translational neuroscience, specifically focused on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of fear disorders and their underlying neurocircuitry. His overall program is to understand the risks for psychopathology that include developmental, genetic and environmental risk factors of PTSD and fear-related disorders. Dr. Ressler has received national research awards for basic and translational research on fear in animals and humans. Currently Dr. Ressler is Principal Investigator (PI) on 3 R01 grants to understand translational, genetic and psychological risk factors for PTSD. He was recently a standing member of the VA Merit Review study section for genetics of PTSD and mental health related grants, a member of the NIH CSR Learning and Memory (LAM) study section, on the NIMH RDOC committee for fear-related disorders, and was recently appointed to the NIMH Board of Scientific Counselors.
Three Learning Objectives:
- Th learner will be able to describe new research across patient populations and animal models into the neurobiology of PTSD.
- The learner will be able to discuss brain regions and neural circuits thought to underlie PTSD.
- The learner will be able to educate others on potential new treatment methods, as well as further understanding current approaches to treating PTSD.