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Bright Nights Community Forum | What is Neuroscience and How Can it Change Psychiatry?


Tuesday March 19, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


As we understand the brain better, we should be able to improve our diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disease. In fact, ideally, neuroscience should lead us to be able to fully understand and possibly even repair brain circuits important for mental health conditions. But how likely are we to achieve that ideal?  What stands in our way?

Through science and technology, we have discovered a great deal about the brain. However, emotional systems and psychiatric disease are incredibly complex. Modern neuroscience has focused its efforts and advances on the brains of experimental animals, but we are still far from moving these highly precise interventions onto humans. The question remains: how do we translate this advanced work into solutions for individuals with mental illness?

Dr. Brendon Watson, Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine, will give a brief overview presentation of our current standing in neuroscience in relation to psychiatric practices, and share where he believes we are going. Dr. Watson will speak about the tension between theory and practice within research and talk about the importance of moving towards non-invasive procedures.

The presentation will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts.

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Depression Center. For more information about the Depression Center, visit or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330,


This event will be recorded