Session Chair Profile

M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Co-Director, BRAIN Initiative

As NIMH director, Dr. Gordon oversees the lead federal agency for research on mental illnesses. Dr. Gordon also serves as associate professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. In addition to his research, Dr. Gordon is an associate director of the Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where he directs the neuroscience curriculum and administers the research programs for residents. Dr. Gordon maintains a general psychiatric practice, caring for patients who suffer from the illnesses he studies in his lab. Dr. Gordon pursued a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gordon has been a member of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Depression Task Force since 2012. Dr. Gordon has received several prestigious awards, including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation – NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and the A.E. Bennett Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry.


Update from the NIMH: Precision Medicine and the BRAIN Initiative
Progress on the BRAIN initiative and its potential relationships to precision medicine efforts will be discussed.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: The importance of the recently launched government initiatives, whether the PMI, the Brain Initiative, or the Cancer Moonshot is undeniable. This session will provide an update on the Brain Initiative and its impact on precision medicine. Furthermore, the Cancer Moonshot initiative’s progress will be discussed as well as resulting opportunities for the incoming administration to continue the fight against cancer.

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