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Cornelius A. Randhare Memorial Lecture

Cornelius “Neil” A. Randhare was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933, the eldest of seven children. An A-student all his life, he won full scholarships to Xavier High School in Manhattan and Fordham University in the Bronx, where he was Editor-in Chief of the Fordham Ram newspaper and graduated summa cum laude. Prior to this, Neil had been observed talking and laughing to himself. He became sexually inappropriate, religiously preoccupied and violent.  He was hospitalized for months at Kings County Hospital, where he insisted on speaking in Latin to the priests who visited him. When the family moved to Queens County, NY, Neil was transferred to Creedmore State Hospital, where he spent the rest of his life.  He came home only for holidays, but was visited by family and a childhood friend, who would go to the hospital to play basketball with him. Neil Randhare was found dead at Creedmore in December 1975, in a locked seclusion room. Cause of death was found to be severe blunt force trauma and massive internal injuries. The family was awarded two thousand dollars in a landmark case. The case was the first in New York State in which damages were awarded for the wrongful death of a mentally ill patient in a state hospital.

Neil Randhare’ s family endowed this lecture as an annual event in his memory to educate physicians, residents, medical students and other health care professionals about chronic mental illness. 

Cornelius Randhare Lecture Honorees

2015 - William T. Carpenter, MD

Dr. Carpenter is the Editor-in-Chief of Schizophrenia Bulletin, a journal with an impact factor ranking as one of the preeminent journals in the field of Psychiatry. Dr. Carpenter's major professional interest is severe mental illness, especially schizophrenia. His approach to the care and study of patients is within the context of a broad medical model and integrates biological, psychological and social data as they pertain to diagnosis, treatment and etiology of schizophrenia. He made original and fundamental contributions in psychopathology, assessment methodology, testing of new treatments, research ethics, and translational science. He has authored over 400 clinical and scientific articles, book chapters and books.

Dr. Carpenter provided expert testimony in the cases of the U.S. Government versus John Hinckley and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus John DuPont. In 1989, he was a member of the State Department delegation to inspect the political use of psychiatry in the Soviet Union. Dr. Carpenter is a recipient of major national and international research awards and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1998. 

2016 - Nancy C. Andreasen, MD, PhD

Dr. Andreasen is currently the Andrew H.  Woods Chair of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where she is also the Director of the Neuroimaging Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center. Dr. Andreasen is a prominent neuroscientist, writer, editor and leader in the field of psychiatry, but her education and work began in the arts. Her PhD is in English literature, with specialization in Renaissance literature. Her first book was "John Donne: Conservative Revolutionary." After spending five years as an English professor, Dr. Andreasen changed fields, attended medical school, and began her career as a physician-neuroscientist. Throughout her career she has successfully integrated her interest in the arts into her scientific work.  

Dr. Andreasen is a past president of the American Psychopathological Association and the Psychiatric Research Society. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and was elected to serve on its governing council for two four-year terms. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society for Neuroscience.  In addition to her many awards, Dr. Andreasen has written three widely-praised books for the general public: "The Broken Brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry" (1983), "Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome" (2001) and "The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius" (2005). She has also authored, co-authored, or edited twelve other scholarly books and over 500 articles.