Neuroscience Day 2013 Plenary Lecture - 11:00 AM
"Intersections of Neuroendocrinology and Ecology from the Arctic to the Equator"
Dr. Michael Romero
Dr. Romero is a Professor of Biology at Tufts University and his research interests focus on the vertebrate stress response, especially in relation to wild, free-living animals.
We know that stress can have a multitude of bad effects, but we also know that in certain circumstances stress is beneficial. Work in my laboratory aims to increase our understanding of how the behavioral, physiological, and endocrine mechanisms underlying stress help wild animals survive stressful stimuli such as predators, storms, or anthropogenic changes. Research in my lab consists of intimately intertwined laboratory and field studies in the areas of endocrinology, ecology, and neuroscience, all with the goal of increasing our comprehension of the causes and effects of stress in wild animals.
Neuroscience Day 2013 Keynote Lecture - 3:30 PM
"Neurobiology of PTSD"
Dr. J. Douglas Bremner
Dr. Bremner is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU) at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VAMC in Decatur, Georgia.
Dr. Bremner moved to Emory from Yale in November of 2000 where he spent the first 12 years of his career. Dr. Bremner's research has used neuroimaging and neurobiology measures to study the neural correlates and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to combat and childhood abuse, as well as the related area of depression. He is one of the top three most highly cited researchers in the world in his field. His more recent work is expanding to look at the relationship between brain, behavior, including studies of heart disease and the brain, and the effects of medication on the brain and physical health. Dr. Bremner has worked continuously throughout his career as a physician scientist, with the support of funding from two successive VA Career Development Awards, VA Merit Review, NIMH, DOD, and various private sources. His research includes studies of the neurobiology and assessment of PTSD,hippocampus and memory in PTSD and depression, neural correlates of declarative memory and traumatic remembrance in PTSD, PET measurement of neuroreceptor binding in mood and anxiety disorders, neural correlates of myocardial ischemia, and the effects of psychotropic and acne medication on brain function and structure.