Wintersession 2017

PERSPECTIVES ON MENTAL ILLNESS

A Wintersession Workshop for Harvard College Undergraduates (of all class years and concentrations)
Monday January 16 to Friday January 20, 2017

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PLEASE NOTE - REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL. 

In this weeklong workshop, launched by the National Institute of Mental Health-funded Conte Center at Harvard in 2013 and now run in partnership with the Harvard Brain Science Initiative, we will explore the topic of mental health through multiple lenses -- ranging from basic science and medicine to artistic and personal perspectives:

(1) PERSONAL
On the first evening we will start with a welcome dinner and focus on the human impact of mental illness, hearing personal stories from two members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

(2) MEDICAL
The second day will feature a field trip to McLean Hospital, a world-famous psychiatric hospital in Belmont. The day, opening with a welcome from Dr. Dost Ongur, Chief of the Psychotic Disorders Division, will include a few short lectures on psychiatric medicine and clinical research, a roundtable career discussion, and tours of the hospital's imaging facility and brain bank.

(3) BASIC SCIENCE
The third day will highlight how basic scientists explore developmental origins of mental illness, with talks by Conte Center Director Takao Hensch and Professor Jeff Lichtman, as well as graduate/student postdoc discussion panel.

(4) BRIDGING BASIC AND CLINICAL SCIENCE
The fourth day will beginning with a discussion of the popular science book "The Other Side of Normal: How Biology is Providing the Clues to Unlock the Secrets of Normal and Abnormal Behavior," led by the author Jordan Smoller, a psychiatry professor at MGH. It will also include talks on behavioral signatures of psychiatric disorders and how they can be measured both in mice and humans, led by Profs. Bob Datta and Justin Baker.

(5) ART THERAPY
The fifth day will be dedicated to the therapeutic potential of expressive art therapies, with an interactive session led by Prof. Nisha Sajnani of Lesley University.

Registration is required. There is a cap of 25 students. 
Contact Parizad Bilimoria to sign up or ask questions.