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Tyrone Cannon

1285 Franz Hall
Mail Code 156304
Los Angeles, California 90095
United States

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Tyrone D. Cannon is the Staglin Family Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, the Carol Moss Spivak Scholar in Neuroscience, and the Director of the Staglin Music Festival Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCLA. Dr. Cannon earned his bachelorís degree at Dartmouth College (1985) and his doctoral degree at the University of Southern California (1990). He spent a year in clinical training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (1990-1991), before taking his first academic appointment in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1997. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 1999. Dr. Cannonís research aims to discover the causes of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and to develop effective treatment and prevention strategies based on an understanding of the genetic and neural mechanisms that give rise to these disorders. His studies have focused on elucidating the genetic and non-genetic factors that influence susceptibility to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and delineating their effects on brain structure and functioning across development, with a particular emphasis on gestational (pre- and perinatal) and adolescent periods of brain development A hallmark of his work is the integration of molecular biological and neuroimaging approaches in unique populations such as twins discordant for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and selected members of large prospectively evaluated birth cohorts who have developed one of these conditions in adulthood. Recent work has incorporated transgenic animal models and has extended this translational human-animal genetics and neuroscience strategy to Neurofibromatosis 1, an inherited condition affecting brain structure and function. With support from the Music Festival for Mental Health and the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Cannon has established a clinical research center for early detection and prevention of major mental illness in at risk youth based in the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. In that project he and his colleagues are ascertaining individuals who are at risk for imminent onset of psychosis and following them in longitudinal neuroimaging studies aimed at identifying the neural changes that occur proximally to onset of psychosis.

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