Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD “The Neuroscience of Major Depression: Focus on Anhedonia”

Cousins Center Lectures in  PNI
Sponsored by the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior

The Neuroscience of Major Depression:Focus on Anhedonia

Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Director, McLean Imaging Center
Director, Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research
Director of Research, Division of Depression & Anxiety Disorders
McLean Hospital

Dr. Pizzagalli received his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and did post-doctoral work at University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 2002-2010 he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, where he served as the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences. In 2010, he was recruited to McLean Hospital to serve as the Founding Director of the newly established Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research (CDASR), as well as the Director of the McLean Imaging Center (MIC). Since September 2015, he also serves as the Director of Research for the Division of Depression and Anxiety. He is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The main goals of his research are to improve our understanding of the psychological, environmental, and neurobiological factors associated with mood disorders, particularly major depression. To this end, he integrates behavioral, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, and, more recently, pharmacological approaches to investigate three putative endophenotypes of depression: anhedonia (loss of pleasure), increased stress sensitivity, and executive function deficits.

Thursday, 14th March 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Medical Plaza 300, 3rd Floor, Marisa Leif Conference Room


A light lunch will be provided

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