The applicant proposes to acquire training in functional neuroimaging technology, including fMRI and PET. This will expand her expertise in neuroimaging and psychiatry from the structural realm into the functional neuroanatomic domain, and further her research endeavors in attempting to understand the neuroanatomic underpinnings of psychiatric disorders. The applicant proposes to work extensively with the Brain Mapping Division at UCLA and proposes an fMRI research project to explore brain changes that occur with mood changes in mania and depression. She will look for blood flow changes that occur in the amygdala and frontal lobe as a function of changing mood state. Specifically, she will assess fMRI signal activation in the amygdala and frontal cortex (anterior cingulate, orbitofrontal and lateral prefrontal areas) in bipolar subjects as they go from either mania to euthymia or depression to euthymia.

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Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
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