Understanding the OCD Brain: Using Technology to Build Bridges between Humans and Mice


Understanding the OCD Brain: Using Technology to Build Bridges between Humans and Mice

Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Department will highlight the research of Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, at the January 11th Meet the PI lecture.

Dr. Susanne Ahmari
​​​​​                        ​​        Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD

Dr, Ahmari is a recognized expert in translational research of obsessive-compulsive disorder and a pioneer in the use of optogenics to uncover mechanisms of psychiatric disease. She currently is principal investigator of multiple externally funded projects including a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) grant from the NIMH. She has received several prestigious awards, including the Society for Biological Psychiatry A.E. Bennett Research Award for Basic Sciences and the 2016 Emerging Female Scientist Carnegie Science Award. 

The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Location. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick (Telephone: 412-246-6787; Email: patrickfm@upmc.edu).

Learning Objectives. At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Briefly describe the key symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder and associated neuroimaging abnormalities.

  2. Understand how abnormalities in cortical and striatal activity patterns observed in animal models may lead to compulsive behaviors.

  3. Discuss how post-mortem findings in OCD  may relate to abnormal brain activity patterns. 

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC’s Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist. These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT renewal. For more information, call (412) 204-9085.