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Karen Berman, MD November 16, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Grand Rounds Lecture

From Genes to Neural Circuits to Behavior and Back Again: Neurogenetic Mechanisms in Williams Syndrome (and a Few Insights from Schizophrenia)  

Karen Berman, MD
Chief, Section on Integrative Neuroimaging
Clinical Brain Disorders Branch
National Institute of Mental Health




Dr. Berman is the Chief of the Section on Integrative Neuroimaging in the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch at the NIMH. She completed her medical internship at Washington University in St. Louis and had residency training in psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Berman also completed residency training in nuclear medicine at the NIH Warren G. Magnusen Clinical Center and is board certified in both psychiatry and nuclear medicine. She has received the A.E. Bennett Award for Neuropsychiatric Research of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Independent Investigator award, and an NIH Bench to Bedside Award. In 2005, she received the NIH Director’s Award for her outstanding pioneering research on Williams Syndrome.  Dr. Berman’s group uses functional neuroimaging to map brain activity and neurochemical mechanisms associated with normal higher cognitive function as well as dysfunction in neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, illnesses having genetic sources of cognitive dysfunction such as Williams syndrome and other conditions impacting cognition such as normal aging. They also study the effects of gonadal steroid hormones on brain function.

Learning Objectives:  After attending this session, learners will be able to: 

  1. Understand neuroimaging techniques used in neurogenetic studies
  2. Convey how neuroimaging can be used to identify neurogenetic mechanisms in complex neuropsychiatric disorders.
  3. Understand the links between genes, brain and behavior in Williams syndrome

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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