Presented by the College of Health Sciences
and NAMI of Greater Milwaukee
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6:00-8:00 PM
Marquette University, Cudahy 001
1313 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Parking available in Structure 1 on 16th St. between Wisconsin and Wells; please enter at left and indicate “Mental Health Seminar” to attendant.
In Our Own Voice - Jason Marti, State Certified Peer Specialist, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Approaches and Obstacles in Developing Antipsychotic Medications - David Baker, Professor Department of Biomedical Sciences, Founder Promentis Pharmaceuticals
Using Asymmetrical Warfare Techniques to Fight Mental Illness - Matt Kuntz, Executive Director NAMI Montana, President of Mean Monkey Sports, Scientific Advisor Applied Brain and Vision Sciences Inc.
Reception to Follow - During which representatives from local organizations including Grand Avenue Club, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, NAMI Greater Milwaukee, and Vital Voices for Mental Health will be available to discuss how one can get involved.
Jason Marti will provide a compelling first-hand depiction of the challenges of living with a mental disorder. He is also a State Certified Peer Specialist and often presents in NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program.
David Baker will explore the transformation of neuroscience research from a field of serendipitous discovery to one of targeted, pathology based investigation. In his review of the past 40 years of medical research on the human brain, he will discuss the development of different classes of antipsychotic medications and their strengths and weaknesses. He will also share stories of how many past medical breakthroughs have been achieved – by accident. In recent years, a novel approach to researching the human brain has been gaining momentum, with the goal of producing new, more effective medications that will ultimately lead to better patient care and improved quality of life.
As an advocate, an entrepreneur, a humanitarian, and a leader, Matt Kuntz demonstrates how one individual impact the lives of many. With a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a law degree from the University of Oregon, Matt served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army where he was recognized as a distinguished member of the 35th Regiment. Matt has seized opportunities to serve others through his roles as executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montana and as a board member for several charitable organizations, including the Uganda Rural Fund. As a result of Matt’s advocacy efforts at the national level, Senate Bill 711 was signed into law on October 8, 2009 requiring mental health screening for departing and returning service members. He has founded the law firm Boyar and Kuntz, authored two highly regarded books, Looking for Answers Through Dirty Glasses and Sleeping Giant, and is currently the founder/president of Mean Monkey Sports which sponsors the Xsports4vets program. This program gives combat veterans the opportunity to participate in extreme sports as a therapeutic tool for post-traumatic stress disorder. Matt is also on the Scientific Advisory Board for Applied Brain & Vision Sciences, Inc.Matt’s efforts and accomplishments have been highlighted by President Obama, USA Today, Newsweek, People Magazine, and Major League Baseball.He continues to advocate for social change by addressing audiences across the country on topics of mental illness and post-war care for America’s heroes. Marquette University welcomes Matt Kuntz and recognizes his excellence and contributions to ‘cura personalis’.