Roseman University Neighborhood Health Series to Present “Depression Research & Treatment” on Thursday, May 19

IMG_0137-smallLAS VEGAS – May 2, 2016 – Major depression affects more than 16 million American adults each year. Roseman University’s May Neighborhood Health Series, “Depression Research and Treatment,” will offer the latest information on depression, including the development of fast-acting anti-depressant drug therapies.

The presentation takes place from 4:30 to 6 pm on Thursday, May 19 at the Roseman University’s Summerlin campus, located at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended at or by calling 702-802-2872.

Jeffery Talbot, PhD, assistant dean for research and faculty development for Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy and director of the university’s center for research on substance abuse and depression, will discuss the discovery and development of psychiatric drugs targeting substance abuse and mood disorders.

“Depression can result in persistent sadness and loss of energy, it can take an enormous toll on a person’s ability to work or have healthy personal relationships and is a leading cause of suicide,” said Talbot. “Though many drugs are currently available to treat people with depression, existing drugs do not work quickly, and they do not work for everyone. Many people with depression simply don’t respond to available medications, so there’s a real need for new antidepressants.”

In 2014, Dr. Talbot and a team of collaborators made international news for their discovery of a new drug compound that may eventually lead to a fast-acting antidepressant. The team’s research in mice showed that the drug produces evidence of a mood lift within 24 hours and then continues working for sustained relief.
“What made the study unique and exciting was that in the same drug we seemed to have both of the properties you want in an antidepressant — both rapid and sustained effects,” said Talbot.

Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series are designed to bring the community together to learn, share and collaborate with physicians, researchers and other healthcare practitioners on issues related to health and well-being. Each month features an expert speaker from Roseman University on a variety of health care topics including navigating Medicare, dealing with high blood pressure, and coping with an aging parent.

Guests will also experience elements of Roseman’s six-point Mastery Learning Model and will be invited to get to know other attendees, all while learning alongside members of southern Nevada’s most accomplished and talented medical community.

In addition to the May topic, upcoming Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series events are planned throughout 2016:
• Thursday, June 16, 4:30-6 pm, “Goldilocks and Your Blood Pressure: What Level is Just Right?” featuring Dr. Bruce Morgenstern
• Thursday, September 15, 5:30-7 pm, “Demystifying Cancer, A Disease That Has Affected Us All,” featuring Dr. Sanford Barsky
• Thursday, October 13, 5:30-7 pm, “Help with Open Enrollment: The ABC’s of Medicare,” featuring Dr. Catherine Oswald

About Roseman University of Health Sciences

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 2,500 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Jason Roth