Lecture series brings together scientists and people affected by mental illness

    If you have a question for mental health experts, you’ll be in luck this weekend at the University of Pennsylvania. Tomorrow researchers and families affected by mental illness are getting together to talk about new treatments and findings.

    If you have a question for mental health experts, you’ll be in luck this weekend at the University of Pennsylvania. Tomorrow researchers and families affected by mental illness are getting together to talk about new treatments and findings.

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    Info on the lecture seriesHealthy Minds Across America is presented by NARSAD – an organization dedicated to brain and behavior research. The lecture series outlines the latest scientific findings on treatments and support to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses. Dr. Raquel Gur is director of neuropsychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and will speak at the Philadelphia event.
    She says while she looks forward to sharing her findings on areas of the brain that affect behavior, she is very interested in hearing from the people in the audience:

    Gur: What are the major issues they face in daily activities and challenges, so it makes the research more relevant, and also, it gives us a sense of urgency.

    Steven Lieber is chairman of the board of NARSAD, he says many families dealing with mental illness are frustrated because they feel advances in the field happen too slowly:

    Lieber: They don’t see where the progress is coming from, so what we’re trying to do is show them how the progress is being developed, where it’s likely to come from, and what the potential is.

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