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Steve D. Forman, MD, PhD September 23, 2011, 12:00 pm WPIC Auditorium


Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Experiences in Functional Neuroimaging in Addictions

Steve D. Forman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Steven D. Forman, MD PhD, trained at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC where he published early investigations of the role of membrane binding on the rate of blood coagulation reactions. During his psychiatric residency at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry, he studied the role of antipsychotic medications on modulating corticotropin releasing factor release in schizophrenia.  As part of a subsequent post-doctoral fellowship, he participated in the first fMRI studies of prefrontal cortical function. In 1994 Dr. Forman published the cluster size technique for increasing statistical power to detect significant functional activation in fMRI.  This technique remains in use throughout the world.  Dr. Forman is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in General Psychiatry, Addictions Psychiatry and Geriatrics Psychiatry.  He has been a staff physician with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) for 17 years and currently co-directs the joint VA-Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) Addiction Psychiatry fellowship program.  Dr. Forman’s research interests include neuroimaging of decision-making and discounting in smokers, and using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat resistant major depressive disorder and to modulate food craving.

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