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NIMH's Wyatt Inspires Symposium, May 30

Prominent neuroscientists who crossed paths with Dr. Richard Jed Wyatt while at NIH are returning to campus as speakers at a scientific symposium planned in his honor. They will address topics that interested Wyatt, chief, Neuropsychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, during his 34-year research career at NIH. "Neuroscience and Psychiatry" will be held Wednesday, May 30, in Natcher Auditorium, and is open to the public.

Dr. Richard Jed Wyatt

Presentations planned for the 9 a.m. to noon session are: Dr. Solomon H. Snyder, Johns Hopkins Medical School, "Forty Years of Neurotransmitters," Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Yale University, "Microcircuitry of Cognition," Dr. Barry Hoffer, National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Neural Transplantation — Déjà-vu All Over Again," Dr. Floyd Bloom, Neurome, Inc., "Neuromics: How Genome Details Will Impact Neurosciences."

The afternoon session from 1:30 to 5 will feature shorter talks by scientists who served as fellows in Wyatt's laboratory over the years. They include Drs. Daniel Weinberger, Joel Kleinman, Karen Berman, Lynn DeLisi, Steve Potkin, William Freed, Jack Grebb and Daniel Luchins.

"Richard Wyatt's lab has been a pioneer in translational research in psychiatry at the NIMH," noted Weinberger. "It provided a model for interactions between basic and clinical scientists focused around a common program goal: to understand the biology of schizophrenia. His lab has produced a generation of international leaders in schizophrenia research."

Wyatt has served in the NIMH Intramural Research Program since 1967, studying schizophrenia, mood disorders, drug abuse, Alzheimer's disease and the biology of sleep. Research teams under his direction have pioneered experimental models of brain grafts for Parkinson's disease, and shown that early intervention can alter the course of schizophrenia. This and other work have produced about 800 scientific publications and 6 books. Wyatt also co-produced (with his wife, Dr. Kay Jamison) a series of programs about manic depressive illness and creativity that aired on public television. In his cover story in the Washington Post health section, Feb. 13, 2001, Wyatt related some of his experiences battling cancer for the third time.

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