JUNE 20 JUN 20

Searching for Home: Coming Back from War

The film is an emotional and unflinching look at returning veterans and their search for the “home” they left behind—physically, mentally, and spiritually. From World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to modern-day conflicts, Searching for Home is a multigenerational documentary that chronicles the journey of the men and women who have left “home,” only to return to new and difficult challenges as profoundly changed people.

After the invitation-only screening there was a Q&A session with director Eric Christiansen; Stanford psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amit Etkin, scientific advisor to the film; and featured veterans including Russ Toll, Stanford bioengineering graduate student.

PTSD impacts as many as 20 percent of combat veterans as well as an untold number of adults and children worldwide who experience traumatic events and environments. Learn why acceleration of research in PTSD is urgently needed, and how Dr. Etkin and his Stanford colleagues are leading efforts to integrate new scientific discoveries with novel treatment solutions.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Film screening and Q&A


Amit Etkin, MD, PhD | Scientific Advisor

Dr. Etkin is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Stanford University. An out-of-the-box thinker, he and his colleagues are pushing the boundaries of neuroscience, psychiatry, and technology to bring new treatments to meaningful application in the lives of those with psychiatric and neurologic disorders. “A sea change has begun in the way we integrate innovative neuroscience with neuropsychiatric interventions,” says Dr. Etkin. “A better understanding of the neural basis of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will bring new insights that move us closer to the prediction and personalized treatment of mental disorders.” Dr. Etkin received a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists from the National Institute of Mental Health for his work in PTSD.


Eric Christiansen | Director and Editor

An Emmy Award-winning director, Eric Christiansen is a recognized chronicler of loss, grief recovery, and the complexities facing returning veterans. Eric produced and directed the Emmy-honored film Faces in the Fire, an up-close depiction of survivors’ recoveries following disaster, which is recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a healing tool. Of his critically acclaimed film, Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey, the New York Times said, “a surpassingly worthy and touching film.”  Eric’s other work includes projects for Discovery Channel, TLC, PBS, MTV, and an IMAX film. Eric is a seven-time Southwestern Region Emmy Award recipient, and has received several Telly and Aurora awards and an International Monitor Award in addition to numerous film festival awards.

The Innovation Fund for Amit Etkin, MD, PhD

For a conversation about supporting Dr. Etkin’s research or any aspect of mental health research and programs, please contact Deborah Stinchfield at 650.725.1073 or dstinchfield@stanford.edu.

If you have questions about patient care services, please call 650.498.9111.


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