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Lecture on mental illness set for Oct. 11 at Museum of the Rockies

September 19, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the experience, causes and treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will be given at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Hager Auditorium of Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies.  

Deborah Levy, an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, will present "The Experience and Science of Mental Illness: Let's Talk."

In this talk, Jessie Close and her son Calen Pick of Bozeman will discuss their struggles with bipolar disease and schizophrenia (respectively). Levy will present an overview of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and what is known about the causes, treatment and science underlying these illnesses.

Levy and her colleagues are engaged in breakthrough research into the genetic causes of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. This research provides clues about the biological underpinnings of these severe illnesses and could lead to individually tailored treatments for people suffering from these diseases.

Levy’s lecture is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, and  is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other lectures in the series, visit www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/speakers.html or call 994-5120.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu