UCSF Depression Center to host public talk on depression, personality, and genetics

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The UCSF Depression Center will host a free evening seminar on December 14, for patients, family members, clinicians, and other community members interested in learning more about how mental health professionals are using genetics to understand who we are. The talk, “The Genetics of Personality & Depression,” will be given by UCLA Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Jonathan Flint, MD. The event is also sponsored by the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Nursing, and National Network of Depression Centers.

Dr. Flint is co-director of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, the largest research study ever to examine the genetics of depression. He is a world-renowned scientist on genetic and cellular/molecular mechanisms in depression and how genetics interact with the environment in depression. In 2015, he led a research team which identified the first two genetic markers reproducibly linked to major depressive disorder.

“The Genetics of Personality & Depression” will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, in Langley Porter Auditorium on the UCSF Parnassus campus. The event is free, but seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, visit psychiatry.ucsf.edu/depression.
 


About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Laurel Heights, the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.