Brain Disorders? – A Discussion of Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders.


Join us Monday, May 1, at 7:00PM for a discussion of brain disorders with two professors from Fresno State.  Dr. David Lent (Department of Biology) and Dr. Jennifer Isom Schmidtke (Department of Psychology) will be leading the discussion.

More than 50 million adults in the U.S. suffer from diagnosable brain dysfunction. Mental, neurological and substance use disorders are broad range of disorders that have complex origins integrating genetic, biological, psychological, behavioral, and social factors. These disorders share many common elements and should be grouped together. They all owe symptoms and impairment to some degree of brain dysfunction. A range of social determinants influences the risk of developing one of these disorders and significantly impact the outcome. Additionally, they all share a woefully inadequate response from health care systems worldwide.

The brain is a wonderful machine with more than 100 billion neurons and 1000 trillion connections. Its functional systems are very organized and there are specific, highly regulated, neural circuits involved in emotion, motivation, perception, learning, cognition and social behaviors. The brain is a highly plastic system and our experiences, behaviors, and learning result in its continual rewiring and changing expression of genes. Understanding how and why the circuitry in the brain malfunctions is not a trivial task.   In an effort to create an open dialogue on mental, neurological and substance use disorders we will discuss topics such as the socio-economic factors, stigma, behavioral elements, and the biological underpinnings of these complex brain circuit disorders.

When: May 1, 2017 at 7:00PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA