Krembil Neuroinformatics Talk of interest by Dr. Bengi Baran

Speaker: Dr. Baran received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied the effects of aging on sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Then she went on to complete post-doctoral research training in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Dara Manoach and Bob Stickgold. Prior to establishing her lab at the University of Iowa’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, she served as Research Faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is interested in understanding the role of sleep in the etiology of psychiatric disorders. A specific focus is on identifying sleep-related biomarkers of risk for psychotic disorders using functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), sleep electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs). Dr. Baran’s work is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Iowa Neuroscience Institute and through philanthropy. She also serves as the Director of Neuroscience Research of the Psychosis-risk Intervention, Education, and Research (PIER) Program, a research and clinical service program that aims to enhance our understanding of at-risk mental states, identify neuroscience-informed predictors of conversion and dramatically reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in the community.

Topic: Understanding the role of sleep oscillations in symptoms and cognitive deficits in psychotic disorders.

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