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

October 1 --Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Your Health

Lead Presenter
J. Todd Arnedt, PhD, Associate Professor, U-M Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurology, Co-Director, U-M Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory

Sleep and circadian rhythms are increasingly recognized as critical to our physical and mental health. Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders, such as insomnia and sleep apnea, are personally relevant to almost everyone at some point in their lives, and a growing body of research implicates them in fundamental functions such as learning, memory, and emotion regulation as well as in chronic health conditions such as hypertension, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Sleep and circadian disturbances have been shown to presage the onset of mental health disorders, contribute to their persistence, and adversely impact response to treatment. Despite major scientific advances in recent years, our understanding of the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in health is in its infancy.

When sleep and circadian disturbances are properly identified, effective treatments exist. In fact, therapies based on sleep and circadian science are emerging as innovative alternative and adjunctive treatments to traditional mental health treatments. Communities need to become more knowledgeable about sleep and circadian disorders in order to optimize physical and mental health.

J. Todd Arnedt, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Co-Director of the Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan will give a brief presentation on the links between sleep/circadian rhythms and health, and current best practices in the assessment and treatment of sleep and circadian disorders. Dr. Arnedt’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of sleep and circadian clinicians and scientists from the University of Michigan.

November 12 -- Managing Workplace Stress: Tips & Strategies

Lead Presenters
John Greden, M.D.; Sagar Parikh, M.D.; Michelle Riba, M.D.

  See past Bright Nights