What Has Deep Brain Stimulation Taught Us About the Neurocircuitry of Depression? 

Thursday, April 9

5:15–6:30 pm

Helen Mayberg, MD, KeynoteHelen Mayberg, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology
Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair, Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia



Helen Mayberg leads a multidisciplinary research program that studies brain mechanisms mediating depression pathogenesis and antidepressant treatment response using neuroimaging. She pioneered the development of deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression. Her current projects emphasize development of novel imaging biomarkers that predict treatment response and optimal treatment selection for individual depressed patients at all stages of illness.

In recognition of her high-impact research, Dr. Mayberg is one of Emory University’s Game Changers. Her work has been heralded as one of the first hypothesis-driven treatment strategies for a major mental illness.

Dr. Mayberg is a board-certified neurologist, trained at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in nuclear medicine at The Johns Hopkins medical institutions. She received an MD from the University of Southern California and a BA in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.