Psychiatry & Neuroscience
The Past, Present and Future of Brain and Behavior

A Symposium Marking the 40th Anniversary of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Brain Research Institute

Friday, February 8, 2002
NPI/Louis Jolyon West Auditorium, UCLA
Los Angeles, California


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About this Symposium

Many of the speakers will highlight breakthrough research on dopamine and its role in psychiatric disorders ranging from the addictions to schizophrenia. The significance of the research presented at this symposium, however, extends far beyond a single molecule or brain system. The work of these researchers exemplifies the broad connections between mind and brain, psychiatry and neuroscience, and bedside and laboratory. To this end, the speakers will address historical, clinical, and neurobiological aspects of dopamine and their relationship to the broader questions of psychiatry and neuroscience.

Participants will receive a detailed syllabus including lecture outlines and reference materials. As part of this symposium and the celebration of the two Institutes' 40th anniversaries, we are constructing a Web-based history. This can be found at

Special note: There is no fee for attending this Symposium, and reservations are not required for the program!


Symposium Schedule

7:45 a.m. Registration

8:15 Introductory Remarks
Peter Whybrow, M.D., and Allan Tobin, Ph.D.


Historical Aspects

Madness: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Decade of the Brain
Andrew Scull, Ph.D.
9:15 Dopamine in the Basal Ganglia: The Good and the Bad
Marie-Francoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.

10:00 Break


Clinical Aspects

Drugs Inside the Human Brain
Nora Volkow, M.D.
11:00 Prefrontal Dopamine and a Genetic Mechanism of Schizophrenia
Daniel Weinberger, M.D.

11:45 Lunch Break


1:45 p.m.
Neurobiological Aspects

Deciphering the Prefrontal Cortex and its Role in Cognition and Schizophrenia
Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Ph.D.
2:30 Differentiation of Dopamininergic Neurons
Ronald McKay, M.D.
3:15 Lessons Learned from the Dopamine Transporter Knockout Mice
Marc Caron, Ph.D

4:00 Break


Future Directions

Past, Present, and Future: NPI/BRI and the State of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Jack Barchas, M.D.



UCLA Faculty Center



Jack D. Barchas, M.D.
Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Arvid Carlsson, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
University of Göteborg

Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology
Duke University Medical Center

Marie-Francoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology
University of California, Los Angeles

Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Ph.D.
Eugene Higgins Professor of Neurobiology
Yale University

Ronald McKay, Ph.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Andrew Scull, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of psychiatry
University of California, San Diego

Allan Tobin, Ph.D.
Director, UCLA Brain Research Institute
Eleanor Leslie Chair of Neuroscience
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Physiological Science

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
SUNY-Stony Brook

Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D.
Chief, Clinical Brain Disorders Branch
Intramural Research Program, NIH/NIMH

Peter Whybrow, M.D.
Director, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Judson Brain Professor and Executive Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences


Program Chair

Joel Braslow, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and History
Director, UCLA Neuroscience History Archives


Planning Committee

Joel Braslow, M.D., Ph.D., Chair
Sharon Chavez
Marie-Francoise-Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.
Fawzy I. Fawzy, M.D.
David Krantz, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael Levine, Ph.D.
Andrew Leuchter, M.D.
Stephen Marder, M.D.
Amy Sanders
Allan Tobin, Ph.D.
Peter Whybrow, M.D.


Course Description

Ever since their beginnings forty years ago, the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Brain Research Institute have been closely intertwined organizationally and, more importantly, intellectually. Researchers in both institutes have been engaged in a nearly half-century odyssey to understand the mind, the brain, and their disorders from a variety of perspectives, ranging from the social and cultural to the genetic and molecular. To celebrate this history and diversity, we have invited internationally renowned scholars to discuss their work. Each of these researchers has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the nature of psychiatric disorder and the brain.


Category I
Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This is an activity offered by UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, a CMA-accredited provider. Physicians attending the course may report up to 6 hours of Category I credits toward the California Medical Association's Certificate in Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award.

Mandatory Continuing Education for Psychologists (MCEP)
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute is an accredited provider for MCEP credit (provider number UNI011). This course has been submitted for approval for up to 6 hours of MCEP credit by the California Psychological Association.

Board of Registered Nursing Contact Hours
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute is an accredited provider for continuing education credits for nurses (provider number CEP 381). This course meets the qualifications for up to 6 hours of credit as required by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Social Workers and MFCCs Credit
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute is an accredited provider for continung education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs (provider number PCE 378). This course meets the qualifications for up to 6 hours of continuing education credit as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

For more information, contact:

Joel Braslow, M.D., Ph.D.
Neuroscience History Archives
Brain Research Institute
University of California, Los Angeles
Box 951761
Los Angeles, California 90095-1761 USA

Voice: (310) 794-2930
Fax: (310) 206-5855

Special note: There is no fee for attending this Symposium, and reservations are not required for the program!

Psychiatry & Neuroscience: UCLA NPI and BRI 40th Anniversary Symposium

Last updated 3 January 2002