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Steven M. Berman


Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
3201 Overland
Apt 8121
Los Angeles, California 90034
United States

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Brain Research Institute
Cntr for Neurovisceral Sciences & Womens Health
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alcohol, pain, drug abuse, IBS, neuroimaging

October, 2007 My general interests are in exploring the central pathophysiology of functional medical disorders, substance abuse, attention, and hemispheric interactions. Recent studies are related to electrophysiological, neuropsychological, and gene-environment interactions as predictors of substance abuse, brain imaging studies of mood in methamphetamine abuse and depression, electrophysiological and neuroimaging investigations of hemispheric specialization, and electrophysiological, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) investigations of central abnormalities and treatment effects in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, and Bipolar disorder. These studies have generated papers in journals including Gastroenterology, Neuroimage, Archives of General Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, Pain, Biological Psychiatry, Synapse, Behavior Genetics, American Journal of Physiology and Journal of Neuroscience. Studies in progress 1) explore effects of adrenergic modulation of IBS pathophysiology on brain-electrical function and regional glucose metabolism during attention, 2) assess central metabolic changes during early abstinence from chronic methamphetamine abuse, 3) quantify brainstem-corticolimbic interactions in response to faces (still and video-clips) portraying emotional expressions of either fear or pain, and the influence of pleasant/unpleasant odors to modify these responses, and 4) seek to combine biological genetic and brain imaging responses to stress to improve prediction of which returning soldiers will develop PTSD.

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