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Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

Location: Virtual

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time: 12–1 p.m.

Contact: Renee Collins

About the Event

The next in the series of Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds features David Rubinow, M.D., presenting “Women and Depression: This is Your Brain on Steroids.” Rubinow’s research interests focus on neurobehavioral effects of gonadal steroids and how genetic variation contributes to differential behavioral response to changes in steroid signaling. Research methods used include administration of hormone super agonists and receptor blockers to manipulate the menstrual cycle and identify the central effects of gonadal steroids in isolation.

For more information, including Zoom link, please email Renee Collins or phone her at 512.495.5617.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, the audience participant should be able to:

  • Explain why reproductive steroids would be expected to play a major role in the regulation of mood.
  • Describe the role of reproductive steroids in three reproductive endocrine-related mood disorders (perimenopausal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and perinatal depression).
  • Provide at least one explanation for why these disorders occur only in some women.

Target Audience

  • Primary: Psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, nurses and other mental health professionals
  • Secondary: Other health care professionals


This activity has been designed to promote some of the following desired physician attributes and competencies:

  • ACGME: Patient Care; Medical Knowledge; Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; Interpersonal and Communication Skills; Professionalism; Systems-Based Practice.
  • IOM: Provide patient-centered; Work in interdisciplinary teams; Employ evidenced-based practice; Apply quality improvement; Utilize informatics
  • IECC: Interprofessional Teamwork & Team-based Practice; Interprofessional Communication; Values & Ethics for Interprofessional Practice

Speaker Disclosure

Rubinow, speaker for this educational activity, is the co-Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board and received consulting fees, and stock options from Sage Therapeutics.

Planner Disclosure

Robert E Feinstein, MD; Roshni Koli, MD; Jorge Almeida, MD; Lowell McRoberts, MD; Cathy Stacey, PhD; Kathryn Flowers, and Renee’ Collins BA., planners for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Jeffrey Newport, M.D., M.S., MDiv, planner for this educational activity, received grants/ research support from Eli Lilly, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), Janssen, Sage Therapeutics, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. He has received honorarium from GSK, Janssen, Sage Therapeutics and is on the speaker’s bureau of Astra-Zeneca, Eli Lilly, GSK, Pfizer, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Stephen Strakowski, MD, planner for this educational activity, received grants/research support from Janssen research foundation (to UT) and is a consultant for Sunovion (DSMB chair).

Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, planner for this educational activity, is a consultant for ANeuroTech (division of Anima BV), Taisho Pharmaceutical, Inc., Takeda, Signant Health, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Janssen Research & Development LLC, Magstim, Inc., Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., EMA Wellness, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Axsome, Sage Threaputics, BioXcel Therapeutics, Silo Pharma, XW Pharma, Neuritek, Engrail Therapeutics, and Corcept Therapeutics Pharmaceuticals Company. He is a stock shareholder ( directly purchased) of Xhale, Seattle Genetics, Antares, BI Gen Holdings, Inc., Corcept Therapeutics Pharmaceuticals Company, EMA Wellness. Dr. Nemeroff is on the Scientific Advisory Boards for ANeuroTech (division of Anima BV), Signant Health, Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), Inc., Magnolia CNS, and on the Board of Directors of Xhale Smart, Inc. He holds patents for the following: Method and devices for transdermal delivery of lithium (US 6,375,990B1), Method of assessing antidepressant drug therapy via transport inhibition of monoamine neurotransmitters by ex vivo assay (US 7,148,027B2)

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Accreditation Statement

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School designates this internet live course for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.