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The 2012 Thomas William Salmon Lecture and Award in Psychiatry

Date: December 11, 2012
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

The 2012 Thomas William Salmon Lecture and Award in Psychiatry will present medalist, Michael Posner, PhD, and lecturer, B.J. Casey, PhD. The lecture is entitled,"The Development of Fear: From Human Imaging to Mouse Genetics."

Welcome & Introduction
Robert Michels, MD, Chairman, The Salmon Committee on Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene

B.J. Casey, PhD
Director of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology
Professor of Developmental Psychobiology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Michael I. Posner, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
University of Oregon

Note: On Wednesday, December 12, at 10:00am, Dr. Casey will present a second Salmon Lecture, "The Adolescent Brain: Implications for Risk and Treatment of Anxiety," as part of the 92nd Annual Conference of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease, to be held at the Rockefeller University, Caspary Auditorium, located at 1230 York Avenue.

About the Speaker(s)

Dr. BJ Casey is the Sackler Professor for Developmental Psychobiology and directs the Sackler Institute and the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Casey is a world leader in pediatric brain imaging and its use in typical and atypical development. She skillfully uses brain imaging to uniquely examine transitions into and out of developmental periods such as adolescence--a period of increased risk for psychiatric illnesses. Her leadership in the application of neuroimaging to behavioral development has provided crucial tools for this field that have been widely adopted. She has exploited various imaging methods to develop fundamental and influential models of normal and abnormal brain development. Her most recent work uses human imaging and mouse genetics to identify the role of specific genes as a first step toward individualized and biologically targeted treatments of childhood disorders. Dr. Casey has made a truly outstanding contribution in the area of neurobiological research and the field will no doubt continue to significantly benefit from her position as a role model, influential mentor, and from her knowledge of brain development and its alteration in psychiatric disorders.

Michael Posner is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell, where he served as founding director of the Sackler Institute. Posner is well known for his work with Marcus Raichle on imaging the human brain during cognitive tasks. A volume Images of Mind resulted from that collaboration. He has worked on the anatomy, circuitry, development and genetics of three attentional networks underlying maintaining alertness, orienting to sensory events, and voluntary control of thoughts and ideas. His methods for measuring these networks have been applied to a wide range of neurological, psychiatric, and developmental disorders. He edited Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention describing this work. His current research involves training of attention in young children to understand the interaction of specific experience and genes in shaping attention. Books describing this work are Educating the Human Brain with M.K. Rothbart and Attention in the Social World. His work has been recognized by numerous awards including seven honorary degrees, election to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and the National Medal of Science in 2008.


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