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Free public lecture on new treatments for mood disorders set for Feb. 2 at the Emerson Center

January 13, 2017 -- MSU News Service

A. John Rush, M.D., professor emeritus at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School at the National University of Singapore and an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, will present "Patient-Driven Care: The Key to Recovery from Mood Disorders." The free public lecture is part of the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speaker Series. Courtesy photo.

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about new treatment options for mood disorders will be given at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in the theater at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, 111 S. Grand Ave., in Bozeman.

A. John Rush, M.D., professor emeritus at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School at the National University of Singapore and an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, will present "Patient-Driven Care: The Key to Recovery from Mood Disorders."

Mood disorders account for at least two-thirds of suicides and a massive degree of disability, pain and suffering. A wide range of effective and safe treatments are available, including psychotherapeutic, pharmacological, nutritional and brain stimulation methods. Too often, however, the full benefit of these treatment options is not realized in actual practice. In this presentation, Rush will discuss some of these newer treatment options, while focusing on practical ways that patients, families, other caregivers and clinicians can help with early detection, treatment implementation, relapse prevention, as well as complete symptomatic and functional recovery.

Rush's research has focused on the development and testing of innovative treatments for depressive and bipolar disorders, including medications, medication combinations, somatic treatments, psychotherapy and disease management protocols. As author of more than 700 professional papers, book chapters and books, his work is widely recognized nationally and internationally. He has received awards from many professional organizations, including the American College of Psychiatrists, American Psychopathological Association, the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Biological Psychiatry, among others.

In 2014, Thomson Reuters recognized Dr. Rush as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds." He presently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he provides consultation to individuals, as well as academic, governmental and industrial organizations in research design, as well as career and organizational development. His most recent passion aims to assist medical and surgical patients in achieving the best health outcomes by reducing the conceptual and communication barriers between patients and their health care providers.

Rush's lecture is sponsored by the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at MSU, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in spring 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please visit www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/speakers/or call (406) 994-4288.

Jody Sanford, College of Letters and Science, jody.sanford@montana.edu or (406) 994-7791