VISITING PROFESSOR PROGRAM
ABOUT THE VISITING PROFESSOR PROGRAM
Program Chair: Sagar Parikh, MD, FRCPC – NNDC Medical Director and John F. Greden Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan
One of the major roadblocks to meaningful, large-scale advancement of research-based fields in general is the lead time in publication and dissemination of new research. This is particularly true of studies on depressive and bipolar illnesses, which receive significantly less funding compared to other diseases like cancer or heart disease. The National Network of Depression Centers was formed in part to tackle this roadblock, and the Visiting Professor Program is just one way we are doing that.
The National Network of Depression Centers thrives on education and cross-collaboration. The Visiting Professor Program represents a direct contribution to that cause, as it supports rapid dissemination of new and innovative treatments. Visiting Professors will share results of research, treatments, and technology currently leading the way in the fields of depressive and bipolar illnesses, all for the purpose of inspiring collaborative efforts towards advancing these fields even farther.
The Visiting Professor Program provides a platform for researchers to share their work and goals, and breed new ideas and approaches for ongoing studies. Each quarterly event will feature one main topic of interest which the Visiting Professor will address. Topics focused on dissemination of new and innovative treatments or addressing underserved populations will be given precedence. The program will span two days of lectures, mentorship, case conferences/program review, or other educational presentations.
- Grand Rounds on topic chosen by host institution via needs assessment survey
- Mentorship/Q&A Session with psychiatry residents and fellows to discuss career path, research goals, general interest, etc.
- Consultation Session with local researchers, to provide feedback and advice on their projects
- Public Education Talk on research advances in the etiology and treatment of depression, or subject associated with host institution’s specified topic
NNDC Member Centers participated in a competitive application process to receive one of six unrestricted educational grant awards. The following centers were selected:
- University of California at San Francisco: Nov 27-28
Grand Rounds Topic: The Emerging Role of Inflammation in Depression and Other Psychiatric Disorders
Public Event Topic: Inflammation and Depression: Facts and Fantasies
Speaker: Andrew Miller, MD
- University of Florida, Gainesville: Nov. 29-30
Grand Rounds Topic: College Mental Health – Past, Present, Future
Public Event Topic: Panel Discussion – College Mental Health
Speaker: Michelle Riba, MD
- Florida State University: Dec. 3-4
Grand Rounds Topic: What is New in Research and Treatment for Mood Disorders?
Public Event Topic: Community Engagement in the Success of a Florida Center of Excellence
Speaker: Ray DePaulo, MD
- University of Michigan: Dec. 5-6
Grand Rounds Topic: Computer-assisted Psychotherapy for Depression: Can Technology Enhance Treatment Delivery
Public Event Topic: Computer Programs and Apps for Mental Health: How Technology Can Help You Overcome Depression and Anxiety
Speaker: Jesse H. Wright, III, MD, PhD
- University of Texas at Houston: Dec. 6-7
Grand Rounds Topic: Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder: Phenomenology, Neurodevelopment & Treatment Strategies
Public Event Topic: Understanding Risk Factors of Bipolar Disorders in Youth
Speaker: Melissa DelBello, MD, MS
- Ohio State University: Dec. 11-12
Grand Rounds Topic: The ups and downs and ups again of Mood Disorder Genetics
Public Event Topic: Genes, memes and depression: making progress, dispelling myths
Speaker: Fernando Goes, MD