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On 19 October, at 15:00, RSU students, residents, academic staff and practising physicians are invited to the Prof. Charles H. Kellner's lecture 'Electroconvulsive Therapy: Myths and Clinical Realities in the 21st Century'. The 45-minute lecture will take place online, via Zoom. The professor is one of the leading US experts in electroconvulsive therapy. The lecture will address the widely discussed and prejudiced topic of the effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of mental disorders.

The lecture is organised by the RSU Department of Psychiatry and Narcology in cooperation with Psychoneurological Hospital “Strenči” and the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation. Participation in the lecture is free of charge.

Register for the lecture on Zoom

The Zoom link will be automatically e-mailed to the registered participants; a reminder will be e-mailed on the day before the lecture.

About the lecturer

Prof. Charles H. Kellner is a leader in electroconvulsive therapy (hereinafter – ECT) research in the US and an experienced psychiatrist. He has devoted most of his professional career to the study of ECT and the effects of therapy in the treatment of various psychiatric disorders.

The professor is author and co-author of more than 300 publications in various scientific publications related to the ECT and mood disorders. Charles H. Kellner is co-author of numerous studies published by the American Psychiatric Association and one of the authors of the ECT Handbook. From 1994 to 2004, the professor was editor-in-chief of the ECT journal for psychiatrists in the United States. The doctor is also a member of the ECT working group of the American Psychiatric Association.

He obtained the degree at the Medical College of Cornell University, while practicing at Los Angeles County Medical Centre. During his residency in psychiatry, the doctor worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, he had also practiced at the Department of Biological Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and from 1984 to 2002 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he headed the ECT department.

In 2009, Charles H. Keller joined the Mount Sinai Medical Centre’s team as Chief Physician at the Geriatrics and Psychiatry Department and Head of ECT Clinical Services Department. Since 2017, he has been the Head of the ECT Unit at the New York Public Hospital in Brooklyn. Since 2019, the doctor has not been actively practicing clinical ECT, but is still researching ECT and publishing articles on new studies, as well as following the current world literature on this therapy.

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