MAR 16, 2016 06:00 AM PDT

Keynote Speaker - The Neurobiology of Temperament and Mood

Presented At Neuroscience
  • Co-Director and Research Professor, MBNI, Distinguished University Professor and Quarton Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Molecular and Behavorial
      Huda Akil is a neuroscientist whose pioneering research has contributed to the understanding of the neurobiology of emotions. She was born in Damascus, Syria and was educated in Lebanon and the United States of America. She is the co-director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute with Stanley Watson, and Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School.[1] She is also the co-director of the University of Michigan node of the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium.[2]

      Her undergraduate education was at the American University of Beirut. She completed doctoral work at the University of California Los Angeles and did postdoctoral work at Stanford University.

      She is a former president of the Society for Neuroscience (2002-2003) and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2011).


    Our goal - To Understand the Neurobiology of Emotions and Affect  and Its Relevance to Psychiatric Disorders.  This includes:

    • Understanding basic mechanisms of affect, stress and coping
    • Investigation of Mood Disorders
    • Investigation of Addictive Disorders
    • Relying on both animal models and human studies

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