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Pitt Psychiatry Special Guest Speakers
Feb 23 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Jones Parker, PhD

Deciphering the Neural Ensemble Signatures of Disease with Striatal Ca2+ Imaging 

Jones Parker, PhD uses calcium imaging to determine how neural network dynamics are disrupted in neurological and psychiatric diseases. Specifically, he uses this technique to evaluate neural ensemble signatures of neuropsychiatric disease, and to observe projection-specific neural activity towards understanding the circuit basis of mental illness. Dr. Parker completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Michael Ehlers as part of the Pfizer Global R&D Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit, and is currently a Research Associate in Dr. Mark Schnitzer’s lab in Stanford’s Department of Biology.

Pitt Psychiatry Special Guest Speakers
Feb 26 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Nolan R. Williams, MD

Rapid-Acting Antidepressants: Deconstructing One and Constructing Another

Nolan Williams, MD is a dual-trained psychiatrist-neurologist who has studied a number of experimental therapeutic approaches, including epidural prefrontalcortical stimulation, ultra-brief electroconvulsive therapy, and deep brainstimulation (DBS). His wide-ranging skillset also includes ECT, rTMS,intravenous ketamine administration, and intraoperative neurophysiology(microelectrode recording). At the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr.Williams completed both his medical and residency training, as well as fellowships in Interventional Psychiatry and Neuroscience. He is currently an Instructor in Psychiatry and Director of the Brain Stimulation Laboratory at Stanford University.

Brain Bag: Erinn Grigsby | Nicole McClain
Feb 26 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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