John Neumaier, M.D., Ph.D.
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Imagery of neurons and statistical analysis

Psychiatric Neurosciences

The Division of Psychiatric Neurosciences is composed of researchers at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, and Seattle Children's. Its primary goal is to develop the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences' research and research training in basic and clinical neurosciences. Based on the research interests of faculty members, the Division is subdivided into the areas of Behavioral Genetics, Molecular and Cellular neurosciences, Clinical and Developmental neurosciences, Neuroimaging, and Psychopharmocology. Research within the Division is directed toward understanding psychiatric disturbances and normal and abnormal behaviors at a fundamental biological level, along with the mechanism of action and/or development of drugs useful in the treatment of psychiatric diseases.

Behavioral Genetics  
Zoran Brkanac, M.D. Molecular Genetics of Ataxia and Reading Disability
Soo-Jeong Kim, M.D. Genomic and Epigenomic Studies of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Wendy Raskind, M.D., Ph.D. Developmental and Molecular Genetics
Debby Tsuang, M.D., M.Sc. Genetic Epidemiology of Dementia and Schizophrenia

Clinical Neuroscience  
Monique Cherrier, Ph.D. Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Memory, Neuroimaging
Elaine R. Peskind, M.D. Stress Hormones in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Allen Radant, M.D. Oculomotor Dysfunction in Schizophrenia/Genetics of Schizophrenia
Murray Raskind, M.D. Neuroendocrinology and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Richard Veith, M.D. Major Depression in Cardiac Disease, Sympathetic Nervous System Function
Peter Vitaliano, Ph.D. Interface of Chronic Stress, Psychophysiology and Cognition
Michael V. Vitiello, Ph.D.

The Effects of Aging on Sleep

Charles Wilkinson, Ph.D. Neuroendocrinology of Stress/Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Hypopituitarism

Clinical Psychopharmacocogy
Andre' M. Tapp M.D. Psychopharmacology of Schizophrenia

Developmental Neuroscience  
Raphael Bernier, Ph.D. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Autism
Sara Webb Ph.D. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Autism

Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience  
Douglas Bowden M.D. Primate Behavior and Neurobiology
Jeremy Clark Ph.D. Dopamine and motivated behavior
Mark Dubach M.D., emeritus Basal Ganglia Neurophysiology
Susan Ferguson, Ph.D. Combine molecular biology, anatomy and behavioral neuroscience, to understand the role of cortico-basal ganglia circuitry in the development of behaviors that are associated with drug reward and addiction
Ruth Kohen M.D. Genetics and Gene Expression in Mental Illness and Mental-Medical Illness Co-morbidity
Dianne Lattemann Ph.D. Endocrinology, Insulin Metabolism & Action, Brain-Gut Peptides
James Leverenz M.D. Molecular Pathology of the Locus Coeruleus
John Neumaier, M.D., Ph.D. Serotonin receptors in animal models of stress, addiction, and cognition/Neuroendocrine regulation of serotonin neurotransmission/Molecular pharmacology of serotonin receptors
Paul Phillips, Ph.D. Neurochemistry and Behavior
Dennis Rasmussen, Ph.D. Neuroendocrine Mechanisms in Alcohol Abuse
Nephi Stella, Ph.D. Cannabinoids as Therapy for Brain Tumors
Patricia Szot, Ph.D. Regulation of Monoamine Transporters
Eric E. Turner, M.D., Ph.D. Mechanisms of brain development, transcriptional and epigenetic gene regulation in the nervous system, mouse models of brain pathways involved in pain perception, depression and cognitive disorders
Larry Zweifel, Ph.D. Mouse Genetics and Behavior

Paul Borghesani, M.D., Ph.D. Neuroimaging of aging and dementia
Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D. Neurodegenerative Diseases and Other Brain Disorders Using Innovative Imaging Technology
Eric C. Petrie, M.D. Structural and Functional Neuroimaging of Cholinergic and Adrenergic Function in Neurodegenerative and Psychiatric Disorders

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