Patrick Kennedy Jr. & National Institute of Mental Health Director Respond to Dr Parvin’s Questions @ Chicago Ideas Week

Patrick Kennedy Jr. & National Institute of Mental Health Director Respond to Dr Parvin’s Questions @ Chicago Ideas Week

  • Posted by DRP
  • On June 4, 2017

Dr. Parvin's relevant question/comment on genetics was very complex. The moderator Shannon Heffernan (who did an excellent job at this panel presentation) cut Dr. Parvin's question out and dubbed her own voice in for whatever efficacious reasons.  Be that as it may, her inserted question does not truly represent the depth or breadth of what was asked either academically or humanistic that required such a sophisticated response from the Dr. Insel, which resulted in his response being featured on the Chicago Ideas Week Website.  This was a value added event that allowed for impact factor interactions i.e. questions and responses. 


Dr. Parvin's Question Paraphrased:

"He started out with being mindful of how amazing it was that he was actually speaking to one of the Kennedy family, something his father only dreamed of doing and now he is completing that generational loop. Then moving on to the hard question point of the reason why he drove over 1 hour to come to this event entitled. The State of Mental Health in America… If we really want to make a huge impact factor on The American Health Care System with Respect to Mental Illness, then we really need to consider genetic testing of medications right from birth. Just like we test for PKU and other illness from birth. The NIMH has the tools to research and develop genetic testing process so it could go nataional. Pharmacies, Doctors & Hospitals all over the country could have access to a National Database that would give us Red Flags immediately. This would help decrease the hundreds of thousands of Medication Errors that occur every year. This means significant reductions in pain, suffering, mortality and the potential for billions of health care dollars we could save just from this simple process. This would even help save lives in surgical procedures since the FDA has a black box warning for DEATH regarding codeine with patients who have an ultra-rapid 2D6 metabolizers status. How is any American Citizen ever able to know that they are an Ultra Rapid Metabolizer at Cytochrome 2D6 if they have never been genetically Tested"?  







Chicago ideas week State of mental health in America







Dr. Parvin later talked with Patrick Kennedy and sought guidance

how he could do communty outreach with him via,

The Kennedy Forum or other value added resources as well as listened to

Dr Insel insights and shared his own concerns regarding regarding the state of genetic testing in Illinois.



The State of Mental Health in America

This is the orginal webpage advertisement presented by the Chicago Ideas Week.

You can see the highlighted text below has Dr Parvin's Question on Pharmacogenetics Features on the CIW Website.

One in five adults in America experience a mental illness. Yet the national conversation on mental health is often shrouded in secrecy rather than illuminated by medical fact. CIW invites experts to dive into the realities of mental illness and its impact on the individual and the community.

What to expect: Patrick Kennedy on how his own struggles with mental illness shaped his view of public policy; Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia on using her experiencing as a clinical psychologist to lead the Cook County Department of Corrections;

Dr. Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health, on the link between genetics and mental illness ( <– Dr. Parvin's Audience Question Featured )


Patrick Kennedy
Founder, The Kennedy Forum & Co-Founder, One Mind













Executive Director, Cook County Department of Corrections








Thomas Insel,
Director, National Institute of Mental Health








Shannon Heffernan  Reporter & Producer, WBEZ





















































































Nneka Tapia,