Welcome from the Director
Martin Paulus, M.D.
President and Scientific Director
“I am honored and excited to be the new Director and President of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. The institute offers a unique opportunity to bring cutting edge neuroscience and neuroimaging to improve clinical care of patients with psychiatric disorders. My goal is to help the investigators to achieve prominence in their respective research fields and to make the results of their research findings matter for daily clinical care. To this end, we will soon launch an unprecedented study, called the Tulsa 1000, which aims to answer the question “Can we develop an EKG for the psychiatrist?” Finally, I am looking forward to working with academic institutions and mental health leaders in the community to make LIBR a valuable resource for Tulsa."
Meet the Investigators
Jonathan Savitz, Ph.D.
In 2009, I joined the newly established Laureate Institute for Brain Research to better understand the relationship between immune function (or dysfunction) and the "higher level" neuroimaging abnormalities associated with mood disorders. My lab is currently working to combine state-of-the-art functional and high-resolution morphometric MRI techniques, genetic data and immunological assays to study the pathophysiology of mood disorders, with an emphasis on bipolar and major depressive disorder.
Dr. Savitz is currently an Assistant Professor at LIBR and the School of Community Medicine at the University of Tulsa, OK.
What's New & Noteworthy
LIBR Scientist Receives 2014 Galileo Galilei Award
Dr. Maurizio Bergamino and his co-authors have been named as the 2014 Galileo Galilei Award recipients from the European Journal of Medical Physics (EJMP). His first-author paper "A review of technical aspects of T1-weighted dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) in human brain tumors" was selected as the best publication in EJMP in 2014. Congratulations to Maurizio on this impressive achievement!
LIBR Investigator in the NY Times
Dr. Kyle Simmons has been cited in a recent New York Times article for his work supporting that affective realism, the tendency of your feelings to influence what you see — not what you think you see, but the actual content of your perceptual experience, involves networks of neurons important for experiencing feelings. Dr. Simmons' full article will appear in Nature Reviews Neuroscience in June.
The William K. Warren Jr. "Frontiers in Neuroscience" Conference Series
Topic: Searching for Affective and Psychosis Genes Using Neurocognitive and Neuroimaging Endophenotypes
Presenter: Dr. David Glahn, Ph.D. Associate Professor at Yale University and Director of the Affective Disorders and Psychosis (ADAPTING) Laboratory at the Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center
Where: Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital Conference Room
When: May 5, 2015 at 12 noon
To register, please call 918-494-6490 or email email@example.com.
The event is free and open to the public.
Tulsa 1000 Update
Tulsa 1000 Project Update
At the beginning of the year, LIBR launched the groundbreaking new Tulsa 1000 (T-1000) study. Thirty participants have completed the first series of study visits and 20 more are scheduled into May. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.