January 24, 2017 General Meeting

 

January 24, 2017 General Meeting Speakers:

Wayne State University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is currently conducting a 5 year, federally funded research program, involving individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.  Through their research, they are seeking to establish the neurobiological bases of learning deficits, and their impact on the illness progression, by utilizing noninvasive brain imaging techniques.  This knowledge will help to improve treatment options in the future.  In addition to finding out more about this research project and how you might be able to get involved they will share information about changes in the psychiatry field.

The Center for Treatment and Research in Behavioral Health‘s primary goal is to improve the treatment outcomes, allowing individuals to function as productive members of their communities.

Following an evidenced-based treatment model, specific for our target populations, we focus on family engagement, structured therapeutic session which includes processing trauma, and closely monitored medication management.

In addition to treatment, clients may be eligible to participate in research studies.  These studies utilize innovative brain imaging to enhance our knowledge base of the brain, which is fundamental in improving treatment approaches in mental health.

Jeffrey Stanley, Ph.D., an internationally recognized physicist, and Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist with worldwide collaborations, co-direct Wayne State University’s Brain Imaging Research Division. The division has published extensively in the areas of schizophrenia and psychosis in the last seven years, with research supported by the NIMH, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and other private foundations.

 Dr. Stanley and Dr. Diwadkar were recently awarded a five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore the underlying mechanisms of impaired learning and memory in schizophrenia from the perspective of brain plasticity, function and network dynamics. The study is the first to combine functional MRI (fMRI) and complex analyses of brain imaging data with innovative measurement of the brain’s functional neurochemistry using functional magnetic resonance spectroscopy (fMRS).

 Additionally, this project inspired the Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience department’s clinical and research teams to collaborate in the development of The Center for Treatment and Research in Behavior Health. The Center focuses on research and treatment of individuals suffering from psychosis, with the aim to improve treatment methods and outcomes long term.

 

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