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Marquette Presents: Schizophrenia--New Hope for Effective Treatment through Drug Development
Hosted by the Marquette University College of Health Sciences
May 31, 2013

Although more than 3 million Americans suffer from schizophrenia, it is still a disease shrouded in mystery and misinformation. Medications used to treat schizophrenia haven't worked particularly well and haven't changed significantly since their original development in the 1950s.

Add to this the link between mental health issues and poverty - more than 25% of the single adult homeless population suffers from a severe, persistent mental illness - and it's plain to see that something needs to be done to change the course of mental health treatment.

These topics and more will be addressed by a panel of experts at the Marquette University College of Health Sciences’ next breakfast forum. Please join us for a discussion of new developments that could result in a profound impact on schizophrenia and other debilitating mental illnesses.

Expert panelists include:
• Dr. David Baker, professor and associate chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University, and co-founder of Promentis Pharmaceuticals Inc., a start-up company dedicated to discovering new treatments for neuropsychiatric diseases like schizophrenia.

• Dr. M. Behnam Ghasemzadeh, associate professor of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University, and co-founder of AviMed Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company focused on generation of CNS pharmaceuticals through drug repurposing, with a focus on schizophrenia.

• Dr. Jerry Halverson, medical director of Adult Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital and a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a subspecialty in psychosomatic medicine. We will also feature an individual currently coping with schizophrenia.

• William E. Cullinan, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, College of Health Sciences, Director, Integrative Neuroscience Research Center, Marquette University

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center, the university’s largest research collaboration, comprises more than 30 faculty members. Dr. Cullinan's research program focuses on brain pathways responsible for regulating hormonal responses to stress and their relationship to mental health issues such as depression.

Friday, May 31, 2013
Marquette University
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

7:15 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m. Program begins; networking to follow
9:30 a.m. Event concludes

For questions or special needs, please contact Kathleen Ludington at 414-288-1410 or kathleen.ludington@marquette.edu.
Friday, May 31, 2013
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