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 at LIBR, 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."
Dr. Paulus joins JAMA Psychiatry Editorial Board
Congratulations to Dr. Martin Paulus for being appointed to the Editorial Board of the top-ranked psychiatry journal, JAMA Psychiatry.
Meet the Investigators
Sahib Khalsa, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Studies
How does the connection between brain and body determine physical and mental health?
Use infusions of medicines to change how the body feels, and evaluate how this influences physiology, emotional experience and brain activity in individuals with eating and anxiety disorders. Also studying the heart-brain connection in individuals with cardiac arrhythmias (e.g., how implantable cardioverter defibrillators can induce psychiatric disorders).
To determine whether abnormal brain body connections predict psychiatric problems in eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and cardiac arrhythmias. To determine whether systematically retraining the brain body connection reduces psychopathology and could yield new therapeutics for these disorders.
Dr. Khalsa is currently the Director of Clinical Studies at LIBR and Assistant Professor at the School of Community Medicine at the University of Tulsa, OK.
What's New & Noteworthy
From November 14-16, LIBR brought together a multidisciplinary group of leading scientists and thought leaders, with the goal of accelerating progress in interoception research and ultimately improving mental health outcomes. Conference activities included keynote presentations and roundtable workshop discussions. Thank you to everyone who joined us at LIBR and the PostOak Lodge and Retreat for this landmark gathering!
LIBR Awarded Prestigious Grant
LIBR is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) along with 12 other research institutions as part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. This study will be a unique opportunity for the Tulsa region to contribute to a national effort to better understand the brain.
New Prevention Program Begins at 12&12 Treatment Center
Yoga plus Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention programs are being combined to treat people with alcohol and drug addictions at 12&12 Center for Addiction Treatment & Recovery with promising results.
12&12 has been an instrumental partner with LIBR for our Tulsa 1000 study, aimed at developing neuroscience-based measures to predict treatment outcomes in people with mood and anxiety, substance use and eating disorders.
William K. Warren Jr. "Frontiers in Neuroscience" Conferences Series
Friday, December 16, 2016
Prof.Dr. Rainer Goebel, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University
Topic: Methodological advances in real-time fMRI for high-speed, high resolution neurofeedback and brain-computer interface applications
Location: University of Oklahoma Perkins Auditorium (4502 E 41st Street, Tulsa, OK) in the learning center
Time: 11:30am Lunch, 1pm Presentation
To register for the event, email Lauren Haguewood at email@example.com
This event is free and open to the public.
Healthy Brains for a Healthy Oklahoma: A New LIBR Lecture Series
There will be no lectures during November and December.
The series will resume on January 26, 2017. Happy Holidays!
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Recordings Available on our YouTube Channel*
February 25, 2016
How the Brain Grows Up*
Martin Paulus, M.D., Scientific Director and President, LIBR
March 24, 2016
Parenting the Tweenage Brain*
Amanda Morris, Ph.D. Professor of Human Development, OSU-Tulsa
April 28, 2016
Healthy Body, Healthy Brain
Kyle Simmons, Ph.D., Associate Professor, LIBR, University of Tulsa
May 26, 2016
The Resilient Brain*
Robin Aupperle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, LIBR, University of Tulsa
June 23, 2016
Fear in the Brain and Body*
Justin Feinstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, LIBR, University of Tulsa
July 28, 2016
When Food Rules the Brain*
Sahib Khalsa, M.D., Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, LIBR, University of Tulsa
August 25, 2016
Journey Inside the Brain
Jerzy Bodurka, Ph.D., CTO, Assoc. Professor, LIBR, OU
September 22, 2016
Topic: The Brain: From Alcohol to Zika
Martin Paulus, M.D., Scientific Director and President, LIBR
October 27, 2016
Topic: The Inflamed Brain
Speaker: Jonthan Savitz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, LIBR
Tulsa 1000 Update
In January 2015, LIBR launched the groundbreaking new Tulsa 1000 (T-1000) study. In our first year, we enrolled 164 of the 1000 participants. Currently, nearly 400 people have completed the baseline study and 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.