Bright Nights Forum: Depression Treatments: The Promise of Personalized Medicine

This event was held on November 18, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Melvin McInnis, MD, will present the latest research on the emerging field of Pharmacogenetics -- the genetic basis of response to medications. He will moderate questions from the audience and a discussion with panelists from the UM Depression Center: John F. Greden, MD, Depression Center Executive Director; Vicki Ellingrod, Pharm.D., BCPP, Assoc. Professor of Pharmacy, UM College of Pharmacy and Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry, UM Medical School; and Sally Guthrie, Pharm.D., Assoc. Professor of Pharmacy, UM College of Pharmacy and Assoc. Professor of Pharmacy, Dept. of Psychiatry, UM Medical School. Cosponsored by the UM Depression Center

Medications are an important element in the successful treatment of mental illness, often in combination with psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). New research has given scientists hope that they will be able to personalize the approach to medical management for depressive illnesses, which will treat an individual's particular symptoms based on their specific genetic background and other biological markers.

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