Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Depression


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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Depression

March 18 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Please join us for our next free public lecture, A Focus on Depression, Thursday, March 18. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with experts in depression research.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting more than 264 million people around the world. Often misunderstood as a prolonged period of sadness, depression is a serious condition that has its roots in several psychological, social and biological factors that vary from person to person. Research by VAI and Pine Rest scientists, as well as others around the world, suggests that inflammation may be an important trigger for depression and also may provide critical new avenues for prevention and treatment.

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, the confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free and available 24/7 at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.

Eric Achtyes, M.D., M.S.


As a psychiatrist and a scientist, Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., seeks ways to diagnose and treat depression and suicidality by studying inflammation of the nervous system. Her findings may lead to earlier interventions for depressive patients and for development of a new class of antidepressants that targets the immune system. She also investigates how inflammatory mechanisms can damage nerve cells in Parkinson’s disease.





Eric D. Achtyes, MD, MS graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2003 and completed his internship at the MSU Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in 2004 and his adult psychiatry residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean/Harvard program in 2007.  He is an Associate Professor and Directs the Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He is also the Behavioral Health Medical Director for Network180, which provides the public mental health safety net for the >655,000 people living in Kent County, Michigan. He has been an investigator on more than forty clinical trials in depression and schizophrenia, including federally funded research projects from NIA, NICHD, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA and CMS. He is also a distinguished fellow and previously served as the President of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, the district branch of the American Psychiatric Association for Michigan.


Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.


March 18
12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


MI United States