The Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture Series
The Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture series honors the late Fred Frese, Ph.D., and Penny Frese, Ed.D. by sharing stories of individuals living successfully with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses and the ways in which their loved ones support their recovery. The NEOMED Department of Psychiatry and Peg’s Foundation sponsor this lecture annually.
Robert S. Laitman, M.D., and Daniel Laitman will present the 2019 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture, “Hope and Help: Meaningful Recovery from Schizophrenia and Serious Mental Illness with Clozapine,” Oct. 14, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the NEOMED NEW Center.
Drs. Robert and Ann Mandel Laitman used love, determination and science to find the best treatments available to help their son, Daniel, live successfully with schizophrenia following his diagnosis of schizophrenia just before his 16th birthday. Dr. Robert Laitman, a self-described “optimistic nephrologist,” will speak about discovering a passion for helping patients with serious mental illness, and developing a regimen for the treatment of psychosis based on the optimal use of clozapine, a valuable, but frequently underutilized, medication.Daniel Laitman is showing the world what is possible – just by being himself. He will share how his schizophrenia diagnosis hasn’t stopped him from finding success as a stand-up comedian. When he is not performing in New York comedy clubs, he is advocating for mental health through his favorite charities: Team Daniel, Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and Mental Health America.
Elyn R. Saks, J.D., Ph.D., presented the inaugural Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture at NEOMED Sept. 12, 2018. Dr. Saks is a winner of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (better known as the MacArthur genius award). She is the Orrin B. Evans professor of law, psychology and psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School. She is a mental health law expert and author of a best-selling book, The Center Cannot Hold, about her own experience living with schizophrenia.