Robert Freedman
The University of New Mexico's IDEAS in Psychiatry hosts Robert Freedman, a leader in research in the neurobiology of schizophrenia, for a free public lecture titled Understanding Schizophrenia in the 21st Century on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center Auditorium located at 1001 Stanford NE. The talk is free and open to the public.

Freedman's investigations of genetic variants affecting risk for schizophrenia have led to new experimental treatments in adults. They also have offered avenues for research to prevent abnormalities in early brain development that may produce mental illness later in life.

For the past 35 years Freedman has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Denver VA Medical Center, where he is professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, director of the Schizophrenia Research Center, and chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Chicago, Freedman has published more than 300 scientific articles. He has received the A.E. Bennett Prize of the Society of Biological Psychiatry; the Edward Sachar Award of Columbia University; the William K. Warren Award of the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research; the Stanley Dean Award of the American College of Psychiatrists; the Merit Award of the National Institute of Mental Health; the American Psychiatric Association Research Award and its Distinguished Service Award; and the Distinguished Investigator Award of the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders. Freedman is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and has served as Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry since 2006.

The University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry presents the free "We Need to Talk" series to educate the public about mental illness, psychiatry and scientific research.