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Bipolar Disorder Subject of Third Annual Menolascino Lecture

Bipolar Disorder Subject of Third Annual Menolascino Lecture

Steven Weisblatt, M.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, will deliver the third annual Frank J. Menolascino, M.D., Memorial Lecture on April 28, noon-1 p.m., at Creighton University Medical Center’s Morrison Seminar Room, 601 N. 30 St.

He will speak on “Bipolar Spectrum Disorder in the Developmentally Disabled: Implications for the ‘Normal’ Population.” The lecture is free to the public. A reception and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Weisblatt credits Menolascino, a former mentor, for his ongoing clinical and advocacy work with people who suffer from bipolar disorder. He has more than 20 years of experience in providing mental health services to individuals of all ages, specializing in brain chemistry imbalances that affect mental health. He is contributing editor of BP Magazine, dedicated to recovery issues for individuals with bipolar illness.

The Menolascino lecture series honors the lifetime achievements of psychiatrist Frank Menolascino, who died in 1992. An Omaha native, he trained at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he went on to become chair of the Department of Psychiatry and later chair of the combined departments of psychiatry at Creighton School of Medicine and UNMC. He did pioneering research on the high rates of undiagnosed mental illness in children and adults warehoused at state mental institutions. His early work helped clarify the now well-known fact that mental retardation increases the risk of all major psychiatric illnesses including schizophrenia, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Menolascino became a national leader in a movement to de-institutionalize the mentally handicapped. He helped lead the development of the Eastern Nebraska Community Office of Retardation, an internationally recognized community-based program featuring small group homes, intensive educational and vocational training, and integrated medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment for the complex needs of this high-risk population.

The Creighton School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Continuing Medical Education Division are sponsoring the lecture. Funding for the annual event comes from an endowment established by the Owen Foundation.

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