Mark S. George, M.D.

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Mark S. George, M.D.

JOINED THE SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL IN 2007

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neuroscience
Founding Director, Center for Advanced Imaging Research
Director, Brain Stimulation Laboratory, Psychiatry
Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. George pioneered the use of TMS as a probe of mood-regulating neuronal circuits, conducting some of the first clinical trials of TMS as a treatment for persistent depression, which was FDA-approved in 2008. This work stemmed from his research with fellow Scientific Council Member Robert M. Post, M.D., at the NIMH, where he was one of the first to use functional imaging to assess brain changes associated with normal emotions and those that occur in depression and mania. In 1995, at the Medical University of South Carolina, he founded the functional neuroimaging division and brain stimulation laboratories, now known as the Center for Advanced Imaging Research. He went on to pioneer another treatment for resistant depression, VNS, also recently FDA-approved.

Dr. George received his bachelor of science degree from Davidson College and his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina.

NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 1996, Independent Investigator 1998

Foundation Prizes: 2000 Klerman Prize Honorable Mention for Exceptional Clinical Research by a Young Investigator, 2008 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research (renamed the Colvin Prize in 2012)