Dr. Jennifer Felger - November 7, 2023
"Inflammation and Anhedonia in Depression: Biomarkers, Mechanisms, and Therapeutic Implications"
William K. Warren, Jr. Frontiers in Neuroscience Lecture
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Program in the LPCH auditorium
Jennifer C. Felger, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Felger’s work combines basic and clinical approaches to understand the mechanisms by which inflammation affects neurotransmitters and circuits to cause depressive symptoms in patients with psychiatric or medical illnesses. Her current work is focused on testing novel dopaminergic and anti-inflammatory therapies that might reverse the effects of inflammation on corticostriatal reward and motor circuits with the overarching goal of identifying treatments that can be targeted to patients with high inflammation. Dr. Felger has a PhD in Neuroscience and a Master’s in Clinical Research from Emory, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University. Her research has been funded by R01, R61/R33 and R21 grants from NIMH and by foundations like the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), American Cancer Society, and the Dana Foundation. Dr. Felger has received early career or travel awards from research societies like the Society for Biological Psychiatry and American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and in 2017 she was awarded the Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research from BBRF. She is on the Editorial Board of Neuropsychopharmacology and serves as Associate Editor for Brain, Behavior and Immunity.