APA Annual Meeting in Toronto to Feature Latest Research on Mental Health and Substance Use

Mon April 20, 2015

For Information Contact:
Glenn O'Neal, 703-907-8640
Erin Connors, 703-907-8562


The American Psychiatric Association's 2015 Annual Meeting features top experts and researchers in psychiatry, presenting timely research and clinical updates. Sessions will include breaking news about adolescents and alcohol use, a symposium on marijuana policy and treatment, new research on alcohol use and eating disorders following bariatric surgery, panels on the growing use of telepsychiatry and a session on gun violence and mental illness.

The theme of this year's meeting is "Psychiatry: Integrating Body and Mind, Heart and Soul," reflecting the interconnections between psychiatric and other medical conditions. Key sessions for media include:

Opening Session: Sunday, May 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET
A Special Conversation: Sunday, May 17, 5:30 pm. Discussion with Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., the Hon. Patrick Kennedy and APA President Paul Summergrad, M.D., on new treatments for depression, mental health advocacy and how we speak about mental illness.
Opening Media Briefing: Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Research Media Briefing: Sunday, May 17, noon to 1 p.m. (tentative)

Leading experts in psychiatry, mental health and substance use disorders will be in Toronto to present new research and talk about advances in the field, including:

Paul Summergrad, M.D., APA President
Renée Binder, M.D., APA President-elect
Philip R. Muskin, M.D., Annual Meeting Scientific Program Chair
Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., APA CEO and Medical Director
George Koob, Ph.D., Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Scott L. Rauch, M.D., President and Psychiatrist in Chief, McLean Hospital; Professor, Harvard Medical School
Anne E. Becker, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chair, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Moshe Szyf, Ph.D., founding Co-director, Sackler Institute for Epigenetics and Psychobiology, McGill University
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Bioengineering and Psychiatry, Stanford University
Philip G. Haydon, BSc., Ph.D., Chair of Neuroscience, Tufts University School of Medicine

The meeting will run from Saturday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 20 in Toronto at the Toronto Convention Centre. For more information see the APA Annual Meeting site and the preliminary Program Guide.

Credentialed media can register through online advanced registration for journalists. Contact APA at press@psych.org or 703-907-8640.

Join the conversation at #APAAM2015.

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society whose more than 36,000 physician members specialize in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses including substance use disorders. Visit the APA at www.psychiatry.org.


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