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Dr. Rotem Dan awarded two post-doctoral scholarships

Rotem_Dan_120Dr. Rotem Dan has been awarded scholarships from the National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science (Israel), as well as from the Hebrew University Post-Doctoral Scholarship Program for Women.

Congratulations, Rotem!

Dr. Matthew Sacchet receives Joseph and Susan Gatto Foundation Award

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet is a recipient of the 2021 Joseph and Susan Gatto Foundation Award for Excellence in Imaging, Drug Abuse, and Psychiatric Research. Matthew received this award for his project entitled, “Mindfulness, Positive Emotion, and Depression: A Multimodal Mechanism-focused Clinical Trial.”

Congratulations, Matthew!

Dr. Matthew Sacchet receives McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet has recently received a 2021 McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award.

In his project entitled, “Multi-level mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions for depression,” Matthew will use a variety of biological, computational, and psychological approaches to better understand the mechanisms of health-related benefits of mindfulness meditation-based interventions for individuals with depression.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Dr. Jennifer Fanning receives McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award

Jennifer_Fanning_120Dr. Jennifer Fanning has recently received a 2021 McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award.

In her project entitled, “Translational role of central amygdala in trauma-related retaliatory aggression,” Jennifer will conduct complementary human and mouse investigations (with Dr. Emily Newman) into the function of the central amygdala in trauma- and stress-exposed individuals using multimodal imaging approaches.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Dr. Matthew Sacchet promoted to Assistant Professor

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Dr. Daniel Dillon promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Daniel Dillon was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations Dan!

Dr. Christian Webb promoted to Associate Professor

christian_webbDr. Christian Webb was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations Christian!

Dr. Pizzagalli takes over as Editor for Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience (CABN)

Dr. Diego Pizzagalli takes over as Editor for Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience (CABN). Diego’s editorial highlights the journal’s goals and priorities. Please send us your papers!

Congratulations Diego!

Dr. Ang awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award

Yuen_120Dr. Yuen Ang has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

Yuen’s project is entitled “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Cognitive Motivational Anhedonia in Depression,” and will use an innovative paradigm he has developed to probe the neural correlates of cognitive effort in MDD.

Congratulations Yuen!

Dr. Sacchet awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

Matthew’s project is entitled “Person-specific Functional Brain Mapping and Major Depressive Disorder” and will pursue innovative analyses probing functional network at the individual level, and will link these metrics to various clinical measures.

Congratulations Matthew!

Dr. Pizzagalli receives Conte Center grant

Dr. Diego Pizzagalli will serve as the center director for the recently awarded Silvio O. Conte Centers for Translational Mental Health Research grant.

Under the title “Novel Treatment Targets for Affective Disorders Through Cross-Species Investigation of Approach/Avoidance Decision Making,” this Silvio O. Conte Centers for Translational Mental Health Research grant involves laboratories from McLean, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, and Brown University.

Congratulations Diego and team!

You can read more about the grant here.

Dr. Jennifer Fanning promoted to Assistant Professor

Jennifer_Fanning_120Dr. Jennifer Fanning was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Dr. Romer receives National Research Service Award (NRSA)

AdrienneRomer_120Adrienne Romer was awarded an NRSA from NIMH for her proposal entitled “Replicability, Mechanisms, and Trajectory of Neural Alterations Related to General Psychopathology.”

Congrats Adrienne!

Steve Lamontagne awarded Rossano Mind, Brain and Behavior Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship

Steve LamontagneSteve Lamontagne has been awarded a Rossano Mind, Brain and Behavior Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship from McLean Hospital for a project entitled “Role of Dopamine Function in Cognitive Control Performance: Behavioral & Physiological Correlates.”

Congrats Steve!

Dr. Sacchet receives Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award

sacchet_120Matthew Sacchet has been awarded a Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award from McLean Hospital for his project entitled, “Stress Mechanisms of Mindfulness-based Interventions for Depression.”

Congrats Matthew!

Dr. Belleau receives K23 award

Emily Belleau has been awarded a K23 from NIMH entitled “Neural Correlates of Stress and Perceived Control in Adolescent Depression.”

Congrats Emily!

Dr. Ironside receives 2020 Alfred Pope Award

Maria Ironside is this year’s co-recipient of the 2020 Alfred Pope Award.

The Alfred Pope Award is given annually by McLean Hospital to young investigators “in recognition of the publication of an exceptional peer-reviewed first-authored article on basic or clinical research performed at McLean Hospital.”  Maria was selected based on her first authored reviewed publication, “Approach-Avoidance Conflict in Major Depressive Disorder: Congruent Neural Findings in Humans and Nonhuman Primates,” published in Biological Psychiatry.

Congratulations to Dr. Ironside for this well-deserved recognition.

Dr. Isabelle Rosso receives two major grants

Dr. Isabelle Rosso has recently been awarded two major grants from the NIMH (one R01 and a Conte Center Grant (P50) project).

For her R01, entitled “Multimodal imaging of hippocampal-cortical networks and mechanisms of trauma-related intrusions,” Dr. Rosso and her team will investigate brain processes associated with distinctive characteristics of trauma memories, including vivid sensory-perceptual experiences

For her P50 project, entitled “Clinical studies of CRF-PACAP systems in human PTSD,” the goal will be to investigate neuroimaging measures of hyperarousal and stress in PTSD, and relate them to key stress peptides, including PACAP and CRF.

Congratulations to Dr. Rosso for these outstanding and well-deserved outcomes.

Dr. Poornima Kumar promoted to Assistant Professor

Poornima Kumar was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Congratulations Poornima!

Dr. Pizzagalli receives NARSAD Distinguished Investigator award

Diego Pizzagalli receives a 2017 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award Grant for a new study probing a potential new target for antidepressant treatment. More information can be found here.