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Barbara Dicker Oration | Reward pursuit in mood disorders

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Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017
Venue: Lecture Theatre 101, Advanced Technologies Centre, Hawthorn Campus

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Exploring the links of reward with mania and depression

The sixth annual Barbara Dicker Oration presented by the Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation

This year’s Oration will be presented by Sheri L. Johnson, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and the Director of Cal Mania (Calm) Program. For the past 20 years her work has focused on bipolar disorder, specifically the processes that trigger manic relapse and how these can be more effectively treated. She has published over 200 articles and book chapters and has coauthored or coedited numerous books including a bestselling textbook on abnormal psychology. She is also a fellow of the Association for Behavioural Medicine Research and the American Psychological Society.

Professor Johnson’s work focuses on understanding bipolar disorder, a serious mood disorder characterised by episodes of mania and severe depression. Professor Johnson’s unique insight has been that both depression and mania involve abnormalities in the reward system - the biobehavioural system that manages humans’ pursuit of rewards. Her research has shown that bipolar disorder involves increased sensitivity to rewards, and that mania can be triggered by achieving life goals (e.g., getting married, or making partner in a law firm). Professor Johnson will be speaking about her current research which is aimed at understanding the relationship between reward pursuit and mood disorders.

Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation

The Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation was established by Mr Ian Dicker AM and his family, in honour of his late wife, Barbara Dicker, to contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and communities by supporting research in the areas of dementia, depression and sleep disorders.

Brain Sciences Research Showcase

Preceding the Oration, we also invite you to join us for the Brain Sciences Research Showcase. Swinburne researchers will each present a compelling summary of their thesis topic and its significance. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions and the researchers will be available to chat to guests about the innovative research they are doing in Swinburne’s Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre.

Contact Information: Danielle Dunn
Email: alumni@swin.edu.au Tel: +61 3 9214 5831