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Best-selling author Warner kicks off Conte Center events

Sep. 26, 2013, 9:33 AM

Judith Warner, award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller “Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety,” will speak at Nashville’s Adventure Science Center at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Judith Warner

Warner will discuss her latest book, “We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication.” Her talk is sponsored by the Vanderbilt/National Institute of Mental Health Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research.

The Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., exit 210C off I-40 West.

A former special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris, Warner is currently a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, an opinion columnist for and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Her work has been honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and in 2012 she won a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism from the Carter Center.

On Oct. 18, the Conte Center will sponsor its sixth annual symposium in the Vanderbilt Law School’s Flynn Auditorium.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Has Antibody Seen My Baby? Immune System, Brain Development and Mental Illness.”

Speakers and their topics are:

Jaclyn Schwarz, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology, University of Delaware, “Sex Matters: The Neuroimmunology of Developmental Disorders and the Role of Sex;”

Judith Van de Water, Ph.D., professor of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis, MIND Institute, “Thinking Outside the Brain: Immune Dysregulation in Autism;”

Scott Russo, Ph.D., assistant professor of Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, “From Inflammation to Depression: Peripheral IL-6 and Stress Susceptibility;”

Randy Blakely, Ph.D., Conte Center director, “Too Much of a Good Thing? Immune System Activation of the Serotonin Transporter;” and

Andrew Miller, M.D., director of the Emory University Mind-Body Program, “Inflammation and its Behavioral Discontents: Lessons from Cytokine Administration and Antagonism.”

For more information about either event, contact Conte Center Program Manager at or 936-1898.

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