Colorado State’s Premedica Symposium, Open to the Public, Focuses on Causes, Treatments and Implications of Mental Disorders

Colorado State University is hosting the 30th annual Premedica Symposium, "Solving Psychiatric Disorders Medically, Therapeutically and Socially," from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 21 in Room A103 of the Clark Building on campus. The program is free and open to the public.

The symposium is a series of lectures focusing on the causes, treatments and social implications of a variety of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. Presenters will discuss medical advancements as well as the many personal and societal challenges faced in addressing the scientific, financial and social aspects of treating mental disorders.

The event is sponsored by Premedica, a student organization for pre-health professionals at Colorado State, with support from the Associated Students of Colorado State University. Presenters at the 30th annual symposium include leaders in the field of psychiatry and medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Northern Larimer County Health District, University of North Dakota and private practice.

A complete schedule of presentations for the symposium follows.

8:45 a.m.     Registration.

9:10 a.m.     Welcome by John Kowalczyk, president of Premedica.

9:20 a.m.         "Social Consequences of Psychiatric Disorders," Carol Plock, executive director of the Northern Larimer County Health District.

9:40 a.m.      "Anxiety: Living with the Stresses of Today," Glenn Pearson, psychiatrist, Fort Collins private practice.

10:20 a.m.     Depression: Fighting vs. America’s Silent Epidemic," Christian Hageseth, psychiatrist, Fort Collins private practice.

11:00 a.m.       "Eating Disorders: Multi-faceted Afflictions Facing College Students," James

Mitchell, psychiatrist, University of North Dakota.

11:45 a.m.        Refreshment break.

12:05 p.m.      "Bipolar Disorder: Restoring Balance by Evening the Highs and Lows," Sylvia Simpson, psychiatrist, UCHSC.

12:45 p.m.     "Schizophrenia: Attempting to Reconnect the (a) Split From Reality," Ann Olincy,  psychiatrist, UCHSC.

1:25 p.m.          "New Horizons in Solving Psychiatrically Related Societal Problems," Carol Plock, executive director of the Northern Larimer County Health District.

1:40 p.m.          Moderated question-and-answer period, Carol Newlin, M.D., Ph.D., P.C.

The Clark Building is on Colorado State’s main campus and is located on University Avenue between Morgan Library and the Plant Sciences Building southeast of the Lory Student Center. From College Avenue, symposium attendees should enter campus at Pitkin Street, go west and park in the large parking lot on the right near Center Street. The Clark Building is on the right and the A wing is on the north side of the building. Maps of the university are available on the Web at

For more information about the Premedica Symposium or for detailed directions and parking instructions, call Barbara Joyce at (970) 484-6620 or 491-6460.