Integrative Medicine Research Seminar Spring 2013 Series
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Shapiro Board Room (1st Floor, Shapiro Building) 70 Francis Street, Boston MA 02115
"Toward an Integrated Understanding of Brain-Mind Illness Through Functional Neuroimaging"
Presentation by David Silbersweig, MD
Dr. David Silbersweig is a graduate from Dartmouth College and Cornell University Medical College. He is a neurologist and psychiatrist, having trained at The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. At Cornell, Dr. Silbersweig was the Tobin-Cooper Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences, and was Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Silbersweig is now the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, and Co-Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Institute for the Neurosciences. He is Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry and Dean for Academic Programs (Partners Healthcare) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silbersweig and his colleagues focus upon the development and application of new neuroimaging techniques to localize and characterize brain circuitry dysfunction underlying major psychiatric disorders. They have developed novel methods and paradigms for both PET and MRI imaging that are widely used, and have identified neural circuitry abnormalities associated with a number of major psychiatric disorders. Particular areas of focus are the characterization of fronto-limbic modulation abnormalities across the neuropsychiatric spectrum, and the identification of final common neural pathways underlying psychiatric clinical phenotypes. They are also involved in studying the neurophysiological basis of meditation and related contemplative practices. Dr. Silbersweig and his colleagues have published many scientific articles in leading journals, including first reports localizing brain abnormalities associated with hallucinations in schizophrenia, and with tics in Tourette syndrome.
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