Anissa Abi-Dargham, M.D.
Scientific Council Member (Joined 2013)
2018 Lieber Prizewinner for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research
2002 Klerman Award Honorable Mention
2008 Distinguished Investigator Grant
2000 Independent Investigator Grant
1997, 1993 Young Investigator Grant
Anissa Abi-Dargham, M.D.
The Lourie Endowed Chair in Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology
Director, Multi-Modal Translational Imaging Lab
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Science
Anissa Abi-Dargham was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where she obtained her medical degree. She is currently is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Radiology at Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Director of the Division of Translational Imaging and Associate Director of the Columbia PET Center. Her research has focused on using molecular imaging techniques (SPECT and PET) to study the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, schizophrenia spectrum disorders and addiction, in particular alcoholism and more recently cannabis dependence and comorbid schizophrenia with addiction, with an emphasis on neurochemical modulation. Her research has resulted in findings describing the complex alterations of dopamine transmission in schizophrenia and their relationship to clinical symptoms, cognition and response to treatment, as well as their interrelatedness to glutamate dysfunction. These studies showed increased striatal dopamine release in schizophrenia, which has become one of the most established findings of schizophrenia research and is now being tested as a biomarker for risk to develop schizophrenia in prodromal patients.
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