Our Current Studies
*Neural Circuits in Women with Abuse and PTSD
This study supported by the National Institute of Mental Health looks at brain function and structure with MRI and PET
before and after treatment with paroxetine or placebo for three months followed by free treatment with paroxetine for three months.
Call Carolina Lecours for information: 404.712.9536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Mechanisms of Depression in CVD
This study, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute looks at brain activation and myocardial blood flow in patients with heart disease with and without depression during a stressful task. Preliminary results showed that patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and depression with a history of exposure to psychological trauma showed increased myocardial ischemia during a stressful task.
Call Kelly Tracey for information 404.712.2059 or email email@example.com
Memory and the Hippocampus in Vietnam-Era Twins with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
This VA funded study compares twins with and without PTSD for hippocampal volume measured with MRI, and hippocampal activation with PET. Our initial analysis showed a 9% reduction in hippocampal volume in PTSD twins compared to their non-PTSD brothers.
*Early Intervention for PTSD in Iraq Veterans
In a study funded by the Veterans Administration we are looking at the effects of early treatment for PTSD in returning Iraq veterans.
Call Ardith DeShay for information 404.712.9661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Benzodiazepine Receptor in PTSD
This project uses PET imaging of the benzodiazpine receptor in returning Iraq vets with PTSD. Call Majid Shah MD for information. 404.727.4117 or email email@example.com
*Neural Correlates of Early Intervention for PTSD
This DOD-funded project looks at changes in the brain with treatment for PTSD. Returning veterans from Iraq undergo brain imaging before and after treatment for PTSD.
Call Stacy Ladd for information, 404-712-2014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Intervention with MBSR for PTSD in Iraq Veterans
This project looked at the effects of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for PTSD in returning Iraq veterans. Data is currently being analyzed.