The College of Health Sciences’ new forum series Marquette Presents focuses on issues of community health. The inaugural program, “Depression – The Intersection of Hope, Medicine and Research,” was held Sept. 17, 2012 before a diverse audience, including individuals and families affected by depression, service providers, mental health advocates, and Marquette students and alumni. The forum presented an opportunity to discuss the biological basis of depression to a group of nearly 400 individuals who share a stake in destigmatizing and treating this disorder.
At the inaugural Marquette Presents forum, Dr. Peter Lake, medical director at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, offered a compelling medical perspective on clinical advances, and former Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton offered an inspirational personal story concerning her longtime struggle with depression. Dr. Paul Gasser, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, provided a biological and pharmacological overview of current treatments, and Dean William Cullinan discussed his research through Marquette’s Integrative Neuroscience Research Center, as well as recent advances in the field showing great promise for developing treatments that work more quickly and effectively.
The success of this inaugural forum bodes well not only for advancing a more open discussion about mental illnesses but also for developing the future of the Marquette Presents series as a credible forum for addressing community needs and promoting partnerships with the College of Health Sciences and the broader community.Visit the college website for an invitation to the next forum, scheduled for early 2013.