NIMH will host a speaker series intended to bring together leaders in the field conducting research using non-invasive brain stimulation and functional imaging including EEG, fMRI, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Susan Amara, Ph.D. is Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at NIMH, and Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology and Section on Molecular and Cellular Signaling. Work in her laboratory focuses on the structure, function, and cellular physiology of neurotransmitter transporters, including glutamate transporters and biogenic amine transporters, which are major targets for psychostimulant drugs and antidepressants.
Dr. Averbeck attained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1994. After working 3 years in industry, Dr. Averbeck returned to the University of Minnesota and completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2001, working in the lab of Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos. His thesis was titled, "Neural Mechanisms of Copying Geometrical Shapes".