Please join us for the 25th Annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion, Wednesday and Thursday April 10 & 11, 2019.
We have some surprises this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HealthEmotions Research Institute’s annual Symposium. As always, we will have an outstanding lineup of leading scientists presenting their research, along with in-depth discussions led by our students. The symposium includes breakfast, presentations, breakout discussions, Poster Session, and opportunities to engage with a variety of investigators from programs across the country. Every year we hear from participants that this meeting, where experienced scientists make a special effort to reach out to trainees, helps forge enduring collegial relationships. We hope you can join us as we deliver lively discussions on the origins of psychiatric illnesses and provide creative insights into new potential treatments.
This year we are launching the 25th annual symposium with a free public talk by Dr. David Rubinow, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill, Director of the UNC Women’s Mood Disorders Program, and former Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
Tuesday, April 9th | 5:00 – 6:00pm
Health Sciences Learning Center Auditorium (HSLC 1306)
750 Highland Avenue, Madison 53705
* This talk is free and open to the public – no registration is necessary *
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Depression in Women: The Brain in Context
One could argue that the most important question we can ask about brain and behavior is the following: why is it that different people respond differently to the same stimulus? As much as we have learned about neuroscience over the past twenty-five years, largely consequent to some of the amazing tools that have been developed, it is overwhelmingly apparent that the brain, like other organs, responds very differently to a given signal as a product of context. This context includes past exposure, sex, current environment, genetic inheritance, and hormonal state. The role of context in the regulation of brain and generation of different behavioral responses is wonderfully illustrated by examining the role of reproductive steroid hormones – estrogen and progesterone – in depression that occurs in women during periods of reproductive change: the menstrual cycle, peripartum, and perimenopausal. In this presentation, I will describe some of the technologies that allow us to peer into the brain and will illustrate how the biology of sex hormones enables us to understand how context shapes the tremendous variability in health and behavior.