February 19th, clinical colloquium:
Prof. Yuval Neria
Title: Impaired Fear Processing in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnostic and Treatment Implications
Recent advances in neuroimaging research of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) hold promise for objective assessments of psychopathology among trauma-exposed individuals and patients with PTSD and may facilitate efforts to develop novel psychotherapies and pharmacological interventions.
The goal of this presentation is to discuss recent findings on neuro-behavioral markers of PTSD, neural predictors of treatment response, and neural changes over the course of exposure based psychotherapy. I will focus on data from several neuroimaging studies, utilizing structural and functional magnetic response imaging (MRI).
Key mechanisms of trauma-related psychopathology involving the fear network will be presented and discussed, and future directions that may advance research on biomarkers of trauma and PTSD will be proposed.
Yuval Neria is Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI).
Dr. Neria joined Columbia University Medical Center in 2002, and since then has led and collaborated on numerous epidemiological, clinical, and neuroimaging studies in trauma and PTSD. He has conducted large-scale studies among prisoners of war, war veterans, and victims of terrorism and disasters, and led large scale research and training programs in New York City after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Currently Neria’s lab is focused on translational studies aiming to identify behavioral and neural markers for trauma related psychopathology, and develop innovative treatments for civilians and military personnel with PTSD.
By using multimodal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and a number of novel paradigms focusing on fear circuitry, his lab was able to identify brain and behavioral markers of trauma and PTSD, and to probe highly needed biomarkers of clinical improvement in
response to PTSD treatments.
Neria’s research is funded by NIMH, NARSAD, and private foundations continuously since 2004.
He has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters and edited four textbooks focusing on the mental health consequences of exposure to trauma.
Participation is free, but enrollment is requiered in this link.