The Depression Files

Al Interviews Dr. Mark Rasenick | Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Biophysics and Psychiatry & Director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program at Univ of Illinois College of Medicine

April 24, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Mark Rasenick, distinguished professor of physiology & biophysics, as well as psychiatry, the Director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and a research career scientist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (recorded 3-16-22).

Dr. Rasenick speaks about research he has conducted that will allow a doctor to diagnose a patient with depression based on one biomarker in a simple blood test. In addition to a diagnosis, using the very same biomarker, a doctor would be able to determine whether or not an antidepressant will work after only one week of usage.

Dr. Rasenick hopes to secure additional funding in order to expand his research and eventually develop this screener which could one day be available through your family doctor.

To find out much more about Dr. Rasenick and his research, visit

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