Professor Rachel Yehuda PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai and Director, Mental Health Patient Care Center, James J. Peters Bronx Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York.
Intergenerational effects of trauma
Using biomarkers to inform of treatments in PTSD
This workshop will provide basic information on the status of biologic findings in PTSD and will update the clinician about the implications of the findings, and whether they are of sufficient strength to be useful in clinical practice. The workshop will assume the clinician has basic, but not detailed, knowledge of biology. Clinicians who treat patients with PTSD do read the literature and are very interested in developments in brain imaging and neurocognitive findings, genetics, molecular biology, and hormonal, immune, and other measures, but are not sure how to integrate knowledge of these findings into clinical practice and also not sure whether testing to see if their patients show some of the biological abnormalities that have been observed will be clinically useful. During the workshop we will discuss some of the ways that biomarkers can be integrated into clinical application, but will also highlight some of the limitations of doing so. After the workshop, clinicians will have a better understanding of some of the barriers to using biomarkers in clinical research as well as some of the opportunities in the near future.
Professor Yehuda is a recognised leader in the field of traumatic stress studies. She has published several hundred papers and compiled over 10 edited volumes examining diverse aspects of traumatic stress in various populations. Her research on PTSD has included both human populations and animal models, neuroendocrinology, neuroimaging, genomic and molecular biological studies of trauma, experimental therapeutics including both pharmacological and psychotherapy trials, biomarkers, studies of genetic and epigenetic heritability, gender differences, and suicide.