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Depression and brain research findings to be presented by Dr. Stockmeier

September 15, 2010

The director of The Human Brain Core Collection, one of the leading postmortem human brain collections in the country, will be at Dordt College Thursday, Sept. 16, to discuss his research in depression and the human brain.

Dr. Craig Stockmeier (Dordt Class of ’77) is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and also serves on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Medical Research Council. His research in brain disorders and depression involves state-of-the-art biotechnology.

The title of his talk will be “Neuroplasticity and Depression: Implications for future treatment development.” His presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center lecture hall S101. It is open to the public.

Neuroplasticity refers to how the human brain changes in physical structure and functional organization as a result of one’s experiences. Through analysis of actual brain tissue postmortem, scientists can assess cellular anatomic features, protein expression, and interactions with processes from other individual nerve cells not attainable from living patients or animal models.

Dr. Stockmeier is one of four Distinguished Alumni being honored at Dordt College’s Alumni Weekend Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18. Also selected for recognition are Rev. David De Ridder (’71), Alice Veluw Weber (’80), and Stan Weber (’81).

For more information about Alumni Weekend contact the alumni office at 722-6028.

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