Neuroscience 2017: "Paths to Recovery"

Saturday, April 22, 2017; 8:30am-1:00pm

Yale University School of Medicine
Harkness Auditorium
333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT

Yale faculty will speak about neurostimulation treatments, new medication for mood symptoms, managing mood and cravings, and new insights into delusions and hallucinations.

This event is free and open to the public!

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2017 Honoree

Katharine "Kitty" Dukakis

Katharine "Kitty" Dukakis, MS, MSW, has worked extensively on issues related to mental health, women's rights, human rights, and the arts. She has written two books, including "Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy," which tells the story of how ECT proved to be the one treatment that dealt effectively with her recurring cycles of depression. She has become a widely admired advocate for ECT and was a presenter at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in 2007. She helped to admit hundreds of Cambodian children who had lost their parents in the Cambodian genocide to the United States, and was recently reappointed by President Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. She and her husband, Michael S. Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 candidate for U.S. president, live in Massachusetts.

Funding Partners

The conference organizers wish to thank The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation and Yale-New Haven Hospital for their generous financial support of Neuroscience 2017.



Neuroscience 2017 is funded with generous support from The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Participating partners include the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-CT), and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Yale-New Haven Hospital

Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), State of Connecticut

Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Connecticut Chapter

Parking & Directions

The symposium is held in Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Hall of Medicine (SHM), 333 Cedar St, Med. School campus, New Haven, CT. From parking lots, go up York St. towards Yale-New Haven Hospital; turn left onto Cedar St; SHM is one-half block on the left.

See the location on a map.

Directions to Air Rights Parking Garage (parking fee charged), accessible from N. & S. Frontage Rds.

  • From I-95 N or S: Exit 47 to Rt 34 W to Exit 1
  • From I-91 S: Exit 1 to Rt 34 to Exit 1

Please note that we are unable to validate parking, and cannot provide change for parking meters.

Neuroscience 2017: "Paths to Recovery"


Saturday, April 22, 2017

8:30-8:45 am
Opening Remarks
John H. Krystal, MD, Chair of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine;
Charles Dike, MD, Medical Director, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services;
Marisa Walls, President, NAMI-CT
Michael D. Holmes, Sr. Vice President, Operations & Chief Integration Officer, Yale New Haven Hospital
8:45-9:20 am
Research Advocacy Award Presentation and Address
Katharine "Kitty" Dukakis

9:20-10:00 am
Neurostimulation Treatments for Mood Disorders
Robert Ostroff, MD
10:00-10:40 am
Ketamine and Other Rapidly Acting Antidepressants: Facts and Fantasy
Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD
10:40-10:55 am
Coffee Break

10:55-11:35 am
Identifying Subtypes of Psychotic Illness Using Biological Measures
Godfrey Pearlson, MD,
11:35 am-12:15 pm
Finding Beliefs in the Brain: Targeting Delusions and Hallucinations
Philip Corlett, PhD
12:15-1:00 pm
Ask the Experts: Clinical and Research Breakout Sessions

Contact Christopher Pittenger, event coordinator, at