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Neuropsychiatric Disease & Inflammation: The Emerging Role of the Immune System in Depression and Other Psychiatric Disorders

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When: 
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: 

Ross Hall Room 117 - The George Washington University
2300 I Street NW Washington, D.C. 20037

Contacts: 

For more information, contact co-organizer Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS, Program Director, Integrative Medicine, and Executive Director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health, at leighframe@gwu.edu or 202-994-0184, or co-organizer Paul Marvar, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, pmarvar@gwu.edu or 202-994-5584.

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The Emerging Role of the Immune System in Depression and Other Psychiatric Disorders

About this Event

Join us for GW Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series: Connecting Academic Research & Inquiry Across Disciplines at GW—a series of seminars that will explore a new cross-disciplinary topic each year. For the inaugural year, the focus is "Inflammation in Chronic Disease: Cause, Consequence, or Both?" and will address both the treatment and prevention of chronic inflammatory diseases.

The lecture is on "The Emerging Role of the Immune System in Depression and Other Psychiatric Disorders" with Andrew H. Miller, MD, William P. Timmie Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; vice chair of Research, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; director of Behavioral Immunology Program; and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control at the Winship Cancer Institute at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized leader in the area of brain-immune interactions as they relate to depression in medically healthy as well as medically ill patients including patients with cancer. His work has demonstrated that during immune activation, inflammatory cytokines can access the brain and interact with the metabolism of dopamine and glutamate, while altering neurocircuits in the brain relevant to motivation and reward as well as anxiety and alarm. He has also studied the impact of cytokines on neuroendocrine regulation and sleep including the study of the specific signal transduction pathways involved.

The seminar series runs from November 2019 through September 2020. It was organized by the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology and the Office of Integrative Medicine and Health. Each seminar includes a catered lunch. Registration required for lunch purposes.

The 2019-2020 seminars will focus on several areas of chronic inflammatory disease (CID) including:

  • Cancer and inflammation
  • Genomics and inflammation
  • Bioinformatics and and inflammation
  • Cardiometabolic disease and inflammation
  • Neuropsychiatric disease and inflammation
  • Precision medicine and inflammation
  • Treatment approaches and inflammation

Plus a final event on One GW Day!

The seminar series is supported by departmental funding and the generosity of Ellen J. LaBelle, MD `74, associate clinical professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and John Pan, MD, clinical professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, and founding medical director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health.

For more information, contact co-organizer Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS, Program Director, Integrative Medicine, and Executive Director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health, at leighframe@gwu.edu or 202-994-0184, or co-organizer Paul Marvar, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, pmarvar@gwu.edu or 202-994-5584.