Vice President Joe Biden to Address the APA Annual Meeting in New York City, May 5

ARLINGTON, Va. – Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City on May 5. He will deliver the William C. Menninger Memorial Convocation Lecture at 2 p.m. at the Javits Convention Center in Hall 3E, Level 3.

The APA’s 167th Annual Meeting, the world’s largest psychiatric meeting, will run Saturday, May 3, to Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in New York City at the Javits Convention Center.

We are delighted that Vice President Biden will join us at the APA Annual Meeting to address the psychiatric community on the important issues of how our country can best care for persons with mental illness and addictions,” said APA President Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.

“Vice President Joe Biden has been a long-time supporter of the importance of psychiatric research and access to care, and has been a leading voice on reducing the stigma of mental illness and bringing an end to the suffering it has caused,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “We are honored that the Vice President has agreed to present the keynote lecture at this year’s annual meeting.”

Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate. As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Senator Biden established himself as a leader on some of our nation's most important domestic and international challenges. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

Now, as the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation. The Vice President was tasked with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild our economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. As part of his continued efforts to raise the living standards of middle-class Americans across the country, Vice President Biden has also focused on the issues of college affordability and American manufacturing growth, key priorities of the Administration.

Press Briefings – Javits Convention Center, Room 2D10:

  • Opening Press Briefing – Saturday, May 3, 8 am to 9 am. Presenters will include APA President Jeffrey Lieberman, MD; President-Elect Paul Summergrad, MD; NIMH Director Thomas Insel, MD; and Scientific Program Chair Philip R. Muskin, MD.
  • New Research Press Briefing – Monday, May 5, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The briefing will be hosted by Communications Council Chair Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, and will feature presentations of several new research posters.

The Onsite Meeting Press Room, Javits Convention Center, Room 1A01, will be open Friday, May 2 from 3 pm to 5 pm; May 3-6 from 8 am to 5 pm; and May 7 from 8 am to 3 pm.

More Information at the Online Meeting Press Room. Online advanced registration for journalists is open. For information on the program and the meeting, see the APA Annual Meeting site and the Psychiatric News Annual Meeting issue.

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