A Neural Circuit Approach to Psychiatric Illness

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Technological innovations for observing and modulating activity within specific neural circuits in the brain continue to advance at a rapid pace. Careful planning is required to adapt these innovations to the study and treatment of psychiatric illness. Dr. Gordon will describe his research, which is focused on understanding altered processes in functional neural circuits underlying psychiatric symptoms, using animal models. He will also discuss how advancing these technological approaches may be relevant to human clinical psychiatric syndromes.

Dr. Gordon’s work provides an integrative neuroscience prospective on how psychiatric diseases should be considered, as researchers have found that many of the behavioral symptoms are linked to some form of neural circuit dysfunction. Ultimately, the aim of his research is not only understand the mechanisms of how the brain’s neural circuits work but to use this understanding to develop novel treatments for individual patients with mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression.