Welcome from the Director
Martin Paulus, M.D.
President and Scientific Director
"Since arriving at LIBR in 2014, I have been enormously energized by the opportunity to make a real difference using neuroscience to improve the life of patients with mental illness. At the same time, I recognize this is a very challenging task, which cannot be accomplished overnight. However, with a thoughtful eye on what is doable, we are hoping to make a measureable impact on ways to assess and treat patients within five years.
We have started a major study in 2015, the Tulsa 1000, or T-1000. The goal for this study is to determine whether neuroscience-based measures can be used to predict outcomes in patients with mental illness. In particular, we are trying to determine what factors best predict who will respond well to a particular treatment. The study is a definitive step towards developing a science-based personalized medicine approach in mental health. Unfortunately, mental health treatment providers are still using guesswork and intuition in matching treatments to patients. As a consequence mental health treatment is fundamentally a trial and error endeavor, which can result in prolonged suffering if treatments do not work. The hope is that we will be able to use scientific approaches to more precisely match patients to treatments."
Meet the Investigators
Justin Feinstein, Ph.D.
Can an intervention that enhances present moment awareness for internal bodily sensations help patients with anxiety establish a healthier balance between their body and brain?
To use flotation pools to help patients disconnect from the outside world and reconnect to signals coming from the inside of their body. Waterproof and wireless physiological equipment will measure blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, movement, and EEG. Functional neuroimaging will be used to determine where these changes take place inside the brain.
To develop flotation as an intervention approach for different mental illnesses including anxiety, addiction, and anorexia.
Dr. Feinstein is currently the Director of the LIBR Float Clinic and Research Center at LIBR and Assistant Professor at the School of Community Medicine at the University of Tulsa, OK.
What's New & Noteworthy
2015 NARSAD Young Investigators
Dr. Jonathan Savitz and Dr. Sahib Khalsa of LIBR have each been awarded the prestigious 2015 Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
TIME Magazine Flotation Feature
Congratulations to Dr. Justin Feinstein for being featured in the TIME Magazine article "Can Float Therapy Really Treat Stress?" where he shares how float tanks are engineered to enable relaxation and how he plans to investigate the benefits of floating for people with psychiatric disorders. The article will appear in the July 27th print issue of TIME.
Amygdala Activity During Autobiographical Memory Recall
The American Journal of Psychiatry has accepted a paper by Dr. Kym Young and colleagues titled "Amygdala activity during autobiographical memory recall in depressed and vulnerable individuals: Association with symptom severity and autobiographical overgenerality". Congratulations to Drs. Young and Bodurka of LIBR on this impressive accomplishment!
On Friday, August 28th at 12 Noon in Conference Room A on the LIBR campus, we will welcome Dr. Amy K. Roy, Associate Professor of Psychology at Fordham University for a presentation on "Severe Emotion Dysregulation in Children: A Dimensional Phenotypic Approach. Please RSVP to Meg at email@example.com.
On Monday, August 31st at 12 Noon in Conference Room A on the LIBR campus, we will welcome Dr. Mark Finlayson, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) for a presentation on "Computational Tools for Analyzing Narratives: Three Levels". His research focuses on representing, extracting, and using higher-order semantic patterns in natural language. He received a Ph.D. from MIT in 2012, M.S. from MIT in 2001, and B.S.E.from the University of Michigan in 1998, all in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is co-founder and general chair of the Computational Models of Narrative Workshop series, now in its sixth year. Please RSVP to Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tulsa 1000 Update
At the beginning of the year, LIBR launched the groundbreaking new Tulsa 1000 (T-1000) study. Over 90 participants have completed the first series of study visits. New participants are continuing to enroll each week.
The T-1000 aims to determine how biological and objective behavioral measures can improve assessment and treatment of people with disorders of mood and anxiety, eating and substance use. 1000 people from Tulsa and the surrounding areas will be recruited to enter the study.
To learn more about participating in research at LIBR, please visit our Ongoing Studies section, call 918-502-5100, or email email@example.com.