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Media Contact: Ashante Dobbs 17 January 2008    
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Emory School of Nursing Hosts Conference on Depression and its Treatment
On Feb. 8, Atlanta's leading nurses, physicians, clinicians and researchers will discuss depression and its treatment at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing's annual Virginia Lee Franklin Memorial Conference.

Major depressive disorder affects an estimated 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It is also the leading cause of disability for people ages 15-44.

The conference is sponsored by the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and Emory Healthcare, and is co-sponsored by Emory's Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital. The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at TWELVE Atlantic Station.

Experts will describe the signs and symptoms of depression, explore innovative treatments in depression, examine current research on depression, and discuss the patient and family experience of depression.

The conference, originally initiated to benefit Emory nursing students and faculty, now draws a large audience of nurses and health care professionals. The conference also is open to members of the general public who are interested in learning more about depression.


WHAT: "Light for the Darkness: Understanding Depression and its Treatment" --- Annual 2008 Virginia Lee Franklin Conference

WHO: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

SPONSORS: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Emory Healthcare; co-sponsored by Emory's Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

WHERE: TWELVE Atlantic Station, 361 17th Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30363

COST: Early registration $40 before Feb. 1; $50 after Feb. 1 or $60 at the door (space permitting); $30 for Emory, Wesley Woods and neurology faculty and staff; $15 for all students

To register, contact: Cathy Jones at 404-712-9633 or

CE Credits: Approved for 5.1 contact hours. Emory Healthcare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

About Virginia Lee Franklin
Virginia Lee Franklin earned a master's degree in nursing from Emory University in 1957 and taught surgical nursing at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. To honor her after her death in 1981, her parents D. Murray and Katherine Franklin created the Virginia Lee Franklin Memorial Trust. In the spirit of Virginia's commitment to teaching and to the specialty of neurology, the trust supports an annual conference dedicated to the advancement of neuroscience teaching, research and practice.

About The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, which celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005, is recognized as a leader in the preparation of nurses for beginning and advanced practice. Graduates of the programs are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is especially committed to improving nursing practice through its key values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. To learn more, visit

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