In 1991, Foundation Scientific Council Member, Helen Mayberg, M.D., pioneered the use of positron emission tomography (PET) brain scanning technology to study the neurology of depression. With the support of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, her first grant funding received, she was able to identify common brain networks across different depression subtypes. She went on to develop an important model of depression based on her findings and opened a new frontier in brain research. This initial work also led to a mapping of brain changes mediating different depression treatments and strategies to develop imaging markers of treatment response in depression.
Read an abstract of Dr. Mayberg's research from the Annals of Neurology.