Our brain is an organ, just like our lungs or our heart. Due to differences in the chemical balance in our brain, people experience the world differently. These differences range from miniature to colossal, and can impact a person’s mental health.

At Discover Brigham on Oct. 7th, hosted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the session, “Technology and the Beautiful Mind” David Ahern, PhD, Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc, and David Silbersweig, MD, will share insights into the intersection of technology, imaging, clinical trials and psychiatric research and the potential impact of advances in these areas on mental and behavioral health, including women’s mental health (and the mechanisms and treatment of menopausal symptoms). The panel brings together a wide-range of experts from BWH. David Ahern dissects both behavioral and psychosocial factors associated with medical illness. He has published on a broad spectrum of illness and disorders and applies cross-disciplinary approaches to his research. Hadine Joffe is an expert in women’s health with a focus on the biologic mechanisms, inter-relationships, and treatment of menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and depression. She also studies the impact of hormones on the moods of women. Lastly, David Silbersweig is most notably known for his extensive research on imaging the brains of people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses and is the chairman of psychiatry at BWH.

The session with be moderated by Richard Brunick, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Biogen Idec.

Join us on October 7th at Discover Brigham to learn more about the crossroads of mental and behavioral health.