Biological psychiatry is topic of lecture

Robert H. Belmaker, M.D., the Hoffer-Vickar Professor of Psychiatry at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel, will present “Human Equality and Diversity: Religious Roots and New Molecular Genetic Insights” at the second annual Peggy Sansone Memorial Lecture at 9:15 a.m. April 1 in Clopton Auditorium.

As an international leader of biological psychiatry, Belmaker is known for his findings on the causes and treatments of mood disorders. His recent work has focused on the genetic contributions to differences in personality traits, mood disorders and substance dependence.

The Peggy Sansone Memorial Lectureship — which features topics associated with the prevention and treatment of depression and the role of spirituality in personality development — was established in April 2002 by a gift from the Peggy Sansone Special Angel Foundation, which was founded in honor of Peggy Sansone, the late wife of Anthony F. Sansone Jr.