Dr. Jair Soares is a featured speaker at the Mood Disorders conference.

Dr. Jair Soares is a featured speaker at the Mood Disorders conference.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences invites all mental health professionals to join its Mood Disorders Conference Sept. 16-17 at Memorial Hermann Conference Center. This year’s focus is the advances in diagnosis and treatment of depression.

The Houston Mood Disorder Conference will address significant information related to assessing and treating depression across the lifespan. Sessions will include a keynote speaker and topics on pathophysiology, clinical presentations, special populations, co-morbidities, treatment, and innovative approaches.

Speakers include Dr. Jair Soares, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Sudhakar Selvaraj, assistant professor; Dr. Bobby Nix, assistant professor and director UT Physicians Behavioral Health Outpatient Services; Dr. Thomas Meyer, associate professor and director, Psychological Interventions and Research Laboratory for Mood Spectrum Disorders; Dr. Cristian Zeni, assistant professor and director, Mood Disorders Clinic for Children and Adolescents; Dr. Salih Selek, associate professor and interim director of the Refractory Mood Disorders Program; Dr. Teresa Pigott, professor; Dr. Michael Weaver, professor and medical director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction; Dr. Iram Kazimi, assistant professor; Dr. Alan Prossin, assistant professor and director, Neuroimmune Interactions in Depression, Addiction, and Pain; and Dr. Breno Diniz, assistant professor, and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, Harris County Psychiatric Center; Dr. Raymond Cho, associate professor and director, integrated Neuroscience and Treatment Program; Dr. Joao De Quevedo, professor and director, Translational Psychiatry Program; Dr. Consuelo Walss-Bass, associate professor and director, Psychiatric Genetics Program; and Dr. Antonio Lucio Teixeira, professor.

The continuing medical education conference’s primary audience is medical professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, and other mental health professionals. Additionally, trainees are encouraged to attend, including residents, medical students, nursing students, and psychology interns.

The goal of the conference is to improve the quality of life for patients by identifying depression at its earliest stages, and providing the resources for all mental health professionals to guide patients in receiving the most relevant treatment. Specific sessions include:

  • Markers and personalized medicine in depression
  • Clinic presentations for special populations
  • Management of treatment resistant depression
  • Innovative treatments for unmet needs in depression

For more information and to register, please see the website.