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Global Psychiatry Dinner Series. Topic: "Depression: The Next Frontier in Global Mental Health Research?". Speakers: Abe Fekadu, MSc, MRCPsych, MD, PhD and Atalay Alem, MD, PhD.

Depression: The Next Frontier in Global Mental Health Research?

October 24, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Location: MGH Bulfinch 225 (Trustees Room)

Description: We are pleased to have two of our Ethiopian collaborators visit Boston at the end of October. Dr. Atalay Alem (left) will open the evening with an overview of mental health research in Ethiopia. Dr. Abe Fekadu (right) will then present on depression in global mental health research.

Abe Fekadu, MSc, MRCPsych, MD, PhD, is an Ethiopian psychiatrist who is also an epidemiologist. His research interest focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Dr. Fekadu has been involved in several national and international studies on the epidemiology of psychotic and mood disorders, including participation in complex interventions. He has experience in community case detection and working with community leaders, community health workers, and community residents. Dr. Fekadu is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the PRIME (Program for Improving Mental Health Care) health service study in the Sodo district, a district neighboring Butajira, Ethiopia. He is also the PI of a clinical trial of minocycline for patients with schizophrenia (MINOS Trial) in Addis Ababa, and the RISE study for treatment resistant schizophrenia. He is a collaborator and co-investigator on various additional clinical trial and complex intervention studies. His related research and clinical interest is in the area of treatment resistant depression. He has developed a multi-dimensional model, the Maudsley Staging Method, for staging treatment resistant depression. He also leads the mood disorder team at Amanuel hospital in Ethiopia.

Dr. Atalay Alem, a close colleague and collaborator of Dr. Fricchione and Dr. Henderson in the Global Division for over a dozen years, is a psychiatrist and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He is one of the leading researchers in Ethiopia in the field of mental health. His main focus of research for the last 22 years has been epidemiology of mental disorders in rural, urban, semi-nomadic and isolated islander communities, childhood disorders and child labor. He has been a principal and co-investigator of the Butajira Mental Health Project which is following cohorts of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder since 1998 to describe the course and outcome of these disorders. Cases for the cohorts were identified by screening over 68,000 adults from a predominantly rural population and it is one of the largest community surveys in the world for major mental disorders. He has attracted over one million USD research grant from different international donors and has been instrumental for 10 completed Ph.D.s in mental health by sponsoring and co-supervising.