Anita Restrepo, Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD & Kathleen Merikangas, PhD

Anita spent three years as a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network and will be starting a PhD program in Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Chicago this coming Fall. Her work will focus on the biological underpinnings of stress-related disorders, focusing on depression and anxiety.

Dr. Michael Milham is the Vice President of Research and the Phyllis Green and Randolph Cowen Scholar at the Child Mind Institute, and the Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Dr. Milham’s research interests include investigating how functional and structural connectivity in the brain may underlie differing forms of mental illness, and seeking to chart the course of brain development in healthy and affected children. Dr. Milham has worked to advance a Big Data research agenda in the neuroimaging community, which focuses on open data sharing as a means of achieving the large-scale samples needed to capture the broader range of presentations in psychiatry.

Dr. Kathleen Merikangas is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her work is at the forefront of public health approaches to psychiatric disease, bringing together emphases on familial mechanisms of comorbidity, early risk identification and large-scale population-based studies. Her current research promises to have important implications for targets of prevention and treatment of affective illness.

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