H E L L O F R O M T U L S A, O K
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WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT
Martin Paulus, M.D.
Scientific Director and President
Mental health conditions continue to be among the most challenging problems human beings face. This is true even more today than only a few years ago, given the waves of SARS-CoV2 and an everchanging environment that is presenting new challenges with a changing climate.
Yet, despite all these difficulties, investigators at LIBR have been working tirelessly to identify processes that can become targets for intervention or biological markers of mental health conditions. LIBR aims to contribute cutting-edge neuroscience-based tools and techniques to better identify the brain processes that put individuals at risk for mental health problems, that indicate the severity of a problem or determine whether an individual has recovered from a mental health condition.
Without question, our research cannot be viewed in isolation from the community we live in but rather, it must be integrated with society. I am very excited that our investigators have lived up to that challenge and have engaged with the community in a variety of different ways. My hope is that we will further extend our community reach in the coming years. Welcome to LIBR, we're glad you're here.
MEET THE SCIENTISTS
Evan White, Ph.D.
NEU-AIRR Lab (Neuroscience of American Indian Resilience and Risk)
Dr. White’s laboratory aims to establish and advance neuroscientific understanding of cultural factors that are protective against poor mental health among American Indians utilizing a strength-based framework.
A focus of this research is implementing multi-modal neuroscience and psychophysiology with a particular emphasis in event-related potentials and electroencephalography. The lab's goal is to integrate clinical and cultural neuroscience to identify modifiable factors as candidate treatment targets for mental health intervention and prevention research.
Current research aims:
WHAT'S NEW & NOTEWORTHY
2021 LIBR Annual Report
Our LIBR annual scientific report provides an overview of the past year's happenings at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. In the edition below, you will find a letter from the president, Dr. Martin Paulus, information on our mission, history and specific aims, current areas of research, funding sources, events and lectures, awards, individual laboratories, selected publications and opportunities to participate in research.
The welfare of our LIBR team and all of our study participants is our utmost concern. Therefore, we have implemented the following policies:
• In-person studies have resumed
• All participants will receive a mask to wear
• LIBR staff will be wearing masks
F E A T U R E D E V E N T S
T E S T I M O N I A L S
- Research Participant Feedback
D I V E R S I T Y I N I T I A T I V E
RACISM AND SCIENCE: A CALL FOR ACTION
In science, we aim to observe, experiment, and draw conclusions from the facts. We need to learn about our differences, understand how they influence our feelings, thoughts, and actions, and develop better explanations of the human conditions that we are interested in. Outrage and anger over the events on our streets, in our laboratories, and other public or private places is not enough. Instead, open engagement with respect, interest, and love will help to develop the understanding that can be used to build new systems to reduce the pain of those in the minority. Scientists are problem solvers; we need to be thinking about our contribution to finding solutions to overcoming intolerance, anger and aggression on the one hand and discover ways of healing the pain of those that have been the target of racism.
To that end, we have started a workgroup that consists of individuals who work at LIBR to enhance the recognition that race and ethnicity play an important role to improve our scientific approach to solving mental health problems.
THE WILLIAM K. WARREN FOUNDATION
The Laureate Institute for Brain Research opened May 1, 2009 and currently houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinical research staff who apply neuroimaging, genetic, pharmacological and neuropsychological tools to investigate the biology of neuropsychiatric disorders. The Institute's creation was founded by The William K. Warren Foundation for the purpose of conducting studies aimed at developing more effective treatments or prevention strategies for these disorders. The William K. Warren Foundation continues to be the lead sponsor of LIBR research studies, which are led by scientists from diverse backgrounds, including physics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, developmental neuroscience, computer science and genetics.