Lecture Hall 1
The Department of Neurology will present a Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in Lecture Hall 1 (first floor) at Schwitalla Hall.
Thomas Burris, Ph.D., will present “Developing Drugs to Target Muscular Dystrophy.”
Burris holds the William Beaumont, M.D. Endowed Chair in Physiology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and is also a professor in the Department of Pathology. He holds a BA in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics from Florida State University. Burris completed postdoctoral fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine and UCLA School of Medicine.
Prior to his current position, Burris was professor and founding director of the Center for Metabolic Disease Research at the Scripps Research Institute. He held drug discovery research positions at Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly & Company for a decade before returning to academia.
Burris is an expert in chemical biology and pharmacology of nuclear hormone receptors and has considerable experience developing drugs that target this class of drug target. He has expertise in targeting these receptors towards development of drugs to treat a range of human diseases including autoimmune diseases, cancer, metabolic/cardiovascular diseases, and behavioral disorders.
He has published more than 150 manuscripts, including many in prestigious journals such as Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Immunology, Nature Structure & Molecular Biology, Cancer Cell, Cell Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Investigation and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Burris is an elected fellow of the American Heart Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Lecture Hall 3
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience will present a Psychiatry Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in Lecture Hall 3 (third floor) at Schwitalla Hall,
Henry Nasrallah, M.D., will present “Bipolar Disorder: Clinical Complexities and Controversies.”
Nasrallah is professor and chairman of the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry at Saint Louis University, and holds the Sydney W. Souers Endowed Chair. He is a nationally recognized neuropsychiatrist, educator and researcher. Following his psychiatric residency at the University of Rochester and neuroscience fellowship at the NIH, he served as chair of the Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry for 12 years.
In January 2003, following a research sabbatical, Nasrallah joined the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as associate dean. In October 2013, he joined Saint Louis University as professor and chairman of the integrated Department of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Nasrallah’s research focuses on the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of schizophrenia and related psychoses. He has published 380 scientific articles and 440 abstracts, as well as 11 books. He is editor-in-chief of two journals (Schizophrenia Research and Current Psychiatry) and is the co-founder of the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS). He is board certified in adult psychiatry. He is a fellow in the American College of Neurpsychopharmacology (ACNP) a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) , and has served as president of the Cincinnati Psychiatric Society and as president of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.
Nasrallah has twice received the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and was chosen as the U.S.A. Teacher of the Year by the Psychiatric Times. He has received more than 90 research grants and is listed in all editions of the book “Best Doctors in America.”