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Department of

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Events & Lectures

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are presented on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm (except for the first Wednesday of each month) beginning in September through May.  For more information, please contact Shelly Gillespie at

Special Lectures

Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series (October 10, 2018 - 12:00-1:30 pm) Stephen Cunnane, PhD, Professor, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. "Ketones can rescue deteriorating brain energy metabolism: can they slow down Alzheimer’s?"

A pioneer in Cincinnati psychiatry, Dr. Louis Lurie was keenly interested in teaching as well as in research. Dr. Lurie founded the Psychopathic Institute in 1920, later known as the Children’s Psychiatric Center, and was its director until 1948. Doctors Louis Lurie and Louis Dub designed the first placebo-controlled treatment trial in medicine in 1939. In a cross-over study they found Dexedrine was effective in treating depression but not schizophrenia.

Dr. Lurie was President of the Cincinnati Society of Neurology and Psychiatry and of the Jewish Hospital Medical Staff. He was a founding member of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, and was appointed by President Herbert Hoover to be a delegate to the White House Conference on Child Psychiatry where he helped draw up the Children’s Charter. An Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Lurie also lectured on mental hygiene at the Hebrew Union College.

Dr. Max Lurie continued in his father’s footsteps, joining him in research in 1943 and in private practice in 1948. In 1953, he published a ground breaking study with Harry Salzar, M.D., on Isoniazid as an antidepressant, a term that they coined.

Drs. Max Lurie and Salzar are regarded as the discoverers of antidepressant therapy based upon this work. Dr. Max Lurie is featured in the books: The Psychopharmacologists II and The Antidepressant Era, both by David Healy, M.D. Dr. Max Lurie continued with various research projects while focusing on his private practice. He was one of the first psychiatrists to recognize and treat the specific needs of the geriatric population. He served as president of the Central Neuropsychiatric Association in 1980-81.

For many years, he was an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Women's Club Visiting Lectureship Series (March 13, 2019 - 12:00-1:30 pm) Kathleen T. Brady, MD, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.

The Cincinnati woman’s club visiting lectureship was provided to support a visiting lecturer series that will provide educational activities on substance use and alcohol use disorders. These lectures will be part of the medical student and resident training programs. The lectures will be open to all affiliated health care clinicians, providers and researchers.

The Stanley and Mickey J. Kaplan Distinguished Psychiatry Lectureship (March 20, 2019 - 12:00- 1:30 pm) Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Director, Friedman Brain Institute, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. "Transcriptional & Epigenetic Mechanisms of Depression."

Stanley M. Kaplan MD was Professor Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he received his MD degree and his psychiatric residency training. He also was trained in psychoanalysis at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis. He joined the faculty of the UC Department of Psychiatry in 1954 under the leadership of Maurice Levine. Dr. Kaplan went on to become full professor and at one time was interim chairman of the Psychiatry Department. He served on nearly every College of Medicine committee and was deeply committed to education. In 1991, he established the national Stanley M. Kaplan Essay Contest to encourage improved writing and research skills among medical students.

During his career at UC, Dr. Kaplan was involved in not only service and teaching, but also in research. He is widely published on a range of topics in psychiatry-particularly in psychosomatic medicine. Dr. Kaplan was frequently seen on campus continuing to see patients and supervise residents. "I was fortunate to serve on the faculty of one of the first psychiatry departments that encouraged interest in not only psychiatry, but also the arts and humanities," he added.

Dr. Kaplan was always a strong supporter of the arts, and in 2003, through the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Foundation, he established the Kaplan Prize for the arts in honor of his late wife, Mickey.

Recently, the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center received a $2.5 million gift from the Kaplan Foundation to support the Department of Psychiatry. A 2 million portion of the gift established the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, currently held by Melissa DelBello, MD, MS. "This gift will continue Dr. Kaplan's great legacy in our Department. His generosity exceeds our simple words of thanks, but is greatly appreciated as further indication of Dr. Kaplan's strong commitment to our Department and the field of mental health."

Nasrallah Schizophrenia Lecture Series (April, 2019)
The Nasrallah Schizophrenia Lecture Series is given annually in the spring. It is made possible by the Henry A. Nasrallah, MD, Endowed Lectureship Fund. Dr. Nasrallah was a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, director of the schizophrenia program and remains as editor-in-chief of the international journal Schizophrenia Research. 

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