AIM funds UCSF Research with Monterey County Youth

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, an AIM Scientific Advisory Board member and founder of UCSF’s Neuroscape, will conduct a pilot study of a novel, adaptive attention training software, Engage, in adolescents who have difficulties with attention.

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AIM Sullivan Family Rising Star Award – Kate Fitzgerald, M.D.

Anxiety disorders start early in life, affecting one in five children, and often set the stage for later depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. Dr. Kate D. Fitzgerald’s AIM Sullivan Family Rising Star Award is funding research to prevent childhood anxiety from worsening by increasing brain capacity for controlling fear.

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Dr. Katie McLaughlin: Understanding How Stress Causes Anxiety and Depression in Youth

Dr. McLaughlin is using brain imaging and smartphone-enabled technologies to investigate the biology of how stress can lead to anxiety and depression in youth.

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AIM disburses $180,000 to UCLA’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience- Semel Institute

In 2015, AIM disbursed $180,000 to UCLA’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which studies the brain and neuropsychiatric disorders in children and adults using advanced brain imaging, specifically functional and structural MRI.

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Marc Weintraub: AIM funded 2 year Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCLA Examining Youth At Risk for Bipolar or Psychotic Disorders

Marc will be working with AIM Scientific Advisory Board Member, Dr. David Miklowitz, to examine the emotional and cognitive pathways linked to severe mental illness in adolescents.

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Spencer Evans: AIM funded 1 year Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Advancing the Assessment and Treatment of Severe Irritability and Mood Dysregulation in Youth

Dr. Spencer Evans plans to evaluate the effectiveness of existing assessment tools and treatment strategies for severe irritability as well as exploring novel approaches to personalized assessment and treatment.

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Anjali Sankar: AIM funded 1 year Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale Taking the Lead on a Subset of Analyses to Investigate Potential Predictors of Suicide

Working alongside AIM Scientific Advisory Board member, Dr. Hilary Blumberg, Anjali will investigate potential predictors of suicide in youth and strategies to reduce them, with a focus on brain and symptom changes before and after psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions.

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