Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mood Disorders:
A Lifespan Approach
Michael A Yassa, PhD
This seminar will address neurobiological correlates of depressive symptoms inpatients from a dimensional perspective. The use of and value of high-resolution neuro-imaging studies for identifying biomarkers for mood disorders will be explored. Discussion will involve the linking of brain changes during early life, due to fragmented care by caregivers, with later life anhedonia and adult psychopathology. Sources of psychopathology will be explored. The identification of distinct neural mechanisms and core symptomatology of depression in later life will be a focus of the talk. The future of precision medicine for neuropsychiatric disease evolving from the dimensional approach’s value will be explained.
1. Attendees can identify neurobiological correlates of depressive symptoms in patients from a dimensional perspective
2. Attendees understand the value of high-resolution neuroimaging studies for identifying biomarkers for mood disorders
3. Attendees understand the link how the brain changes during early life due to fragmented care to later life anhedonia and adult psychopathology
4. Attendees can identify distinct neural mechanisms and core symptomatology of depression in late life.
5. Attendees understand the dimensional approach’s value to the future of precision medicine for neuropsychiatric disease.
Dr. Michael A. Yassa is Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Neurology, and Psychiatry at the UC Irvine. He is also Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and UC Irvine Chancellor’s Fellow. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and his PhD in Neurobiology from UC Irvine. He started his laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University in Psychological and Brain Sciences and moved back to UC Irvine in 2014. His research interests are primarily focused on basic neural mechanisms of learning and memory, as well as translational applications of this work to development, aging, neurological and neuropsychiatric disease. His lab uses a host of neuro-scientific approaches to address questions of interest including multimodal high-resolution MRI in animals and humans, PET and EEG in healthy and diseased individuals, as well.
$45 OCPA Members
free for OCPA students
CE Status: Approved for 3 hours CE credits
CPA is co-sponsoring with the Orange County Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and recognized by the BBS to offer CE credit for its licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.