Dr. David Rosenberg / Dr. Vaibhav Diwadkar
We can think of many historical teams of two like-minded professionals focusing their combined energy for the good of mankind: Batman and Robin, Starsky and Hutch, Riggs and Murtaugh. While these types of combinations evoke an element of protection and bravery, we should now be adding to this list Rosenberg and Diwadkar.
This dynamic duo of the Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences just may be on the path to solving the very complex understanding of just why and how the human brain experiences depression as well as other mood related situations such as anxiety, schizophrenia, etc.
"Ten years ago what we are doing today and learning about the human brain would have been considered science fiction." Dr. Diwadkar is a native Asian Indian from the Mumbai region of India. Dr. Vaibhav studies focus deep inside the head in the body's most complex and often misunderstood organ - the brain.
We filmed in a specially designed out MRI room where Joe, a volunteer student, endures a two-hour test of brain's every movement triggered by special visual testing.
Dr. David Rosenberg, recently named Chair of the Wayne State University Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, also serves as director of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatric Research at Children's Hospital of Michigan. He is the director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinical Research Program and the Child and Adolescent Research Division.
Our in-depth talk with Dr. Rosenberg not only covered the work he and Dr. Diwadkar are doing, but also about what we know about depression, sadness, what is happiness, and medication versus lifestyle changes.
We are certain the inclusion of both Dr. Rossenberg and Dr. Diwadkar in our film Death is Not the Answer will help the millions who will see our film.