Dr. Tamminga is a Professor, Chairman of Psychiatry and Chief of Translational Neuroscience Research in Schizophrenia at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She holds the Communities Foundation of Texas Chair in Brain Science along with the Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Chair in Psychiatric Research. She directs clinical and preclinical research in schizophrenia focused on identifying disease mechanisms and on improving treatments. Dr. Tamminga graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School and completed a Psychiatry Residency at the University of Chicago and spent many years at the University of Maryland, MPRC, then moved to UT Southwestern Medical School to continue her research. Dr. Tamminga has been the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants, as well as Award in the field. She has served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council, NIMH and the Council of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Dr Tamminga was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1998 and has served on several IOM committees in that capacity.
The goal of Dr. Tamminga’s research is to examine and understand the mechanisms underlying schizophrenia, especially its most prominent symptoms, psychosis and memory dysfunction, in order to build rational treatments for the illness. She evaluates the function of the living human brain in individuals with and without schizophrenia using brain imaging techniques. Then, building on this knowledge, she uses human postmortem brain tissue to translate the functional alterations from the living human patient into molecular observations of the illness. Now she is using case-specific neuronal cultures to address molecular and cellular questions. Her ultimate goal is to use the alterations in in vivo imaging, postmortem molecular changes and cultured neuronal characteristics as biomarkers and targets for identifying animal models of disease and novel active pharmaceuticals for psychosis.
All Sessions by Carol Tamminga
Thursday 3 October
Symposium: Breakthroughs and controversies in psychosis
13:30 - 15:00
New antipsychotics - Carol Tamminga, UT Southwestern, USA
Controversies in literature in antipsychotic treatment - Konstantinos Fountoulakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Antipsychotic Polypharmacy: Is it a dirty little secret or a fashion? - Shih-Ku Lin, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
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