For over five decades Dr. Robert Cancro has been one of the leading minds in the field of psychiatry. A former chair of NYU's Department of Psychiatry, Director of Milhauser Laboratory, as well as Director of the Nathan Kline Institute, Dr. Cancro has been a personal friend and mentor of mine since I first entered NYU/Bellevue Hospital Residency Program in 1979.
He has personally impacted the training of more of today's psychiatrists than any single person alive. The field of Psychiatry owes Dr. Cancro a deep debt of gratitude for raising the standard of the science of psychiatry and the humanity of modern psychiatric treatment.
His extensive research into every aspect of psychiatric illness has made him one of the driving forces in the area of mental health research, and it is to this end that he founded NYU's Mental Health Prevention Center -- "a unique, multidisciplinary research institute that seeks to identify the factors that contribute to mental illness, understand why certain individuals are predisposed to mental illness, and prevent the development of mental illness at its earliest stages."
We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Cancro and discuss a broad range of topics in psychiatry and mental health. In this vlog clip, he discusses the recent developments in the study of identifying markers of depression and mental illness so that we might better diagnose and better treat those afflicted in the future. This research is pulling together many fields of medicine and is utilizing the most high-tech advancements in neurodiagnostics available. The Mental Illness Prevention Center, with Dr. Cancro's leadership, is one of the groups spearheading the effort that will eventually change the way we approach mental illness.
It is our great honor to present his thoughts in this area: