Neurobiology for Clinicians

Date: 04/01/2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ouisie's Table (click venue name for map)

Title: Neurobiology For Clinicians

Presenter: Scott E. Moseman, MD, Medical Director

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Objectives for the Presentation:

1.  Participants will be able to identify the current phenomenological mechanism by which we define eating disorders and other mental illness.  Also to understand how this nomenclature effects the treatment and research of these disorders.

2.  Participants will understand the concepts of “neurocircuits” and how these might apply to the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in the future.

3.  Participants will be able to understand how specific the neurobiology of “traits” and “states” define current understanding of Eating Disorders.

4. Understand current ideas of neural circuits involved in Eating disorders and future directions of research and treatment.

The world of psychiatry has defined the nomenclature of mental illness by putting together collections of symptoms.  Though this can be informative, as we look to more accurately describe eating disorders and other mental illnesses we need to unlock a better way of describing these complex, neurobiological illnesses.  Thomas Insel, MD from the National Institute of Mental Health has challenged the research community to better describe neurobiological circuits that lead to mental illness.  The aim of this challenge is to develop informative “biosignatures” to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.  During the presentation we will take a look at the known neurobiology of eating disorders and postulate how future directions in neuroscience might lead to better diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.

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