Updates on the Science Behind PTSD

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Updates on the Science Behind PTSD

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Presented by 
Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
Emory University School of Medicine

Chief Scientific Officer

Chief, Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry

Director, Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory

McLean Hospital

Professor of Psychiatry

Harvard University

Scientific Council Member (Joined 2009)

2017 Distinguished Investigator Grant

2009 Freedman Prizewinner for Exceptional Basic Research

2005, 2002 Young Investigator Grant


Dr. Ressler’s work focuses on translational research that bridges basic studies of the mechanisms of fear in animal models with clinical research on the genetics that underlie human fear and anxiety disorders, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Based on the premise that the neurobiology of emotional learning provides tremendous insight into fear-related disorders, Dr. Ressler’s preclinical laboratory is examining the molecular neurobiology of brain systems that mediate fear and emotion in animals, concentrating on the amygdala, a key brain region involved.

Dr. Ressler received a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at MIT and received an M.D., Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. In 1992 at Harvard, he was the first student of Dr. Linda Buck, helping to identify the molecular organization of the odorant receptor family in mice, part of the body of work for which she shared the Nobel Prize in 2004.

Meet the Scientist Webinar

Updates on the Science Behind PTSD

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.