Bright Nights

The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists.

Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of Depression Center content experts and additional panelists, including participants from outside of Michigan Medicine, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.
Note: All forums take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming Bright Nights

March 18 -- Depression and the Brain

(West Bloomfield Twp., Mich.)

Lead Presenters
Harry Rai, M.D., House Officer, U-M Depression Center, Dept. of Psychiatry
Kevin Sethi, M.D., House Officer, U-M Depression Center, Dept. of Psychiatry

An estimated 16 million adults in the United States, nearly 7 percent, experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. Despite the prevalence of depression, this chronic condition continues to be underdiagnosed and undertreated. Join experts to learn more about the biology of depression, current treatments and social issues impacting mental health.

A presentation by Harry Rai, M.D., and Kevin Sethi, M.D., House Officers in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Depression Center, will be followed by a “talk back” panel with representatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Kadima and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to address audience questions and offer personal narratives of successful approaches for depression management.

This event will be held at:
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
6600 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322


March 19 -- What is neuroscience and how does it change psychiatry?

Lead Presenter
Brendon Watson, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, U-M Dept. of Psychiatry

As we understand the brain better, there is high potential for improving diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disease. Neuroscience should ideally lead us to be able to fully understand and possibly even repair brain circuits important for mental health conditions. But how likely are we to achieve that ideal? What stands in our way?

Through science and technology, we have discovered a great deal about the brain. However, emotional systems and psychiatric disease are incredibly complex. Modern neuroscience has focused its efforts and advances on the brains of experimental animals, but we are still far from moving these highly precise interventions onto humans. The question remains: how do we translate this advanced work into creating solutions for individuals with mental illness?

In order to address these premises and challenges in trying to move neuroscientific knowledge into psychiatric practice, U-M Depression Center member Brendon Watson, MD, PhD, will provide a lead presentation. Following Watson’s presentation, a Q&A session with Shelly Flagel, PhD, and Jacek Debiec, MD, PhD, will be conducted with the audience.

  See past Bright Nights