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Jun. 25,  2010

Emory Neuroscientist Wins Award for Translational Neuroscience

News Article ImageHelen Mayberg

Helen Mayberg, MD, was announced as a joint recipient of the 2010 Senior Award for Translational Research at the Roche-Nature Medicine Symposium on June 20. The yearly symposium features leading academics, scientists and clinicians from the world of neuroscience.

Mayberg is a professor of psychiatry and neurology and the Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair in Psychiatric Imaging and Therapeutics at Emory University School of Medicine. She received the Senior Award for her research in the neuroimaging of depression. Her research group's studies during the past 20 years have systematically examined depression pathophysiology in both psychiatric and neurological patients, as well as mechanisms mediating anti-depressant response to various modes of treatments.

Her long-term interest in neural network models of mood regulation led to the development of a new intervention for treatment-resistant patients using deep brain stimulation, which is a continued area of focus in ongoing research. Current projects also emphasize the development of imaging biomarkers predictive of treatment response and optimal treatment selection for depressed patients.

Mayberg received a BA in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MD from the University of Southern California. She is a Board Certified Neurologist, trained at Columbia's Neurological Institute in New York, with fellowship training in nuclear medicine at The Johns Hopkins University.

She is an active member of the Institute of Medicine, the NARSAD Scientific Advisory Board, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Neurological Association, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

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