May 5th Seminar: “A Scientist’s Primer on Depression” by Wendy Ingram

On Tuesday, May 5 at 11:00am PST, UA Beckman Scholar alumna Dr. Wendy Ingram is giving our MCB seminar titled “A Scientist’s Primer on Depression.”   Feel free to join us! Zoom link:

Speaker Bio: Wendy Marie Ingram, PhD, a UBRP Beckman Scholar,  received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Psychology at the University of Arizona in 2008, and her PhD from the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, jointly with the Psychiatry Department at Geisinger Health.  Wendy is dedicated to (1) understanding the underlying biology of mental illness through research, and (2) dismantling the stigma against these illnesses through advocacy and education. Her research involves leveraging electronic health records and big data to study the development of mood disorders and their treatments and has been featured in Scientific American.  Her advocacy work has been featured in Science Magazine and most recently eLife Magazine.  She is now the founder and Executive Director of Dragonfly Mental Health, a nonprofit organization, and leads the Global Consortium for Academic Mental Health.  

Abstract and survey link:  There are many misconceptions about psychiatric disease, what causes it, who is at risk, and how it manifests.  Increasingly we are understanding how immense a problem this is in academia. “A Scientist’s Primer on Depression” is a 1 hour seminar and facilitated discussion which delivers the basics of mental health at a level that academics appreciate. The seminar will be presented via zoom and will include anonymized results from a pre-seminar survey.  Please take just a couple minutes to complete the survey here which also includes a brief knowledge assessment on depression.