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Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (VA Geriatric)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The treatment of mental health disorders has stood outside of medicine as we know it. This problem presents us with an opportunity to better diagnose and treat these disorders. In my lab - the Personalized and Translational Neuroscience Lab - we are redefining mental disorders as “neural circuit disconnection disorders". We integrate brain imaging, physiology and behavior to define personal types of disconnection and then connect these neuroscience insights to patients in the real world.
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Bio Dr. Williams’ life-long interest in the neurosciences has led him to pursue a career in medicine. During medical school, he developed a specific interest in focal brain stimulation for neuropsychiatric illness and sought a combined psychiatry-neurology residency program that would give him excellent clinical exposure to a wide variety of brain stimulation modalities, a built-in research fellowship, and opportunities to work with mentors experienced in neuropsychiatric trial design and implementation. His search kept me at the Medical University of South Carolina where, under the guidance of his mentors, Drs. Mark George and Ziad Nahas, he fostered the skills necessary to become an interventional neuropsychiatrist and physician-scientist. During his residency training, Dr. Williams also had the unique opportunity to complete the Interventional Psychiatry Track that he helped to establish while at MUSC. Dr. Williams published a method for integrating interventional psychiatry into residency and fellowship training, which has become a model system across the country. Through this interventional psychiatry track, Dr. Williams was able to develop clinical rTMS as well as deep brain stimulation programming skillsets. During his research fellowship, he completed a five-year follow-up study of five patients who received epidural cortical stimulation (EpCS) for treatment-resistant depression. He also worked as a Co-I on a study investigating interleaved TMS-BOLD as a tool to probe the neural circuitry affected in Tourette's syndrome.
Sarah R Williams MD,FACEP, FAAEM
Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Emergency Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Investigating applications of clinician-performed point-of-care ultrasound for emergency and critical care patients.
Sharon E. Williams PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Williams work focuses primarily on cognitive and emotional recovery of children who have been medically compromised. With improved medical treatment and increased survival rates comes the need to better understand the challenges that patients face following a life threatening illness or injury. Advances in medical technology have opened the door to a better understanding of cognitive development and the recovery or deterioration process over time. Currently, Dr. Williams is examining the neuropsychological impact of treatment for children who have undergone a bone marrow transplant (BMT). The existence of cognitive deficits in this population intellectual and academic functioning, memory impairment, visual motor difficulties, problems with attention, concentration and executive functioning - has been in question over the years with research supporting both perspectives. Clinical experience and patient report, however, support the hypothesis that cognitive difficulties exist. New technologies such as imaging, used in concert with established neuropsychological measurement, offer great promise in expanding our understanding of the impact of these treatments and ultimately, improving outcome. Dr. Williams is conducting a NIH funded study examining neuropsychological functioning, imaging and genetic data. Additionally, Dr. Williams has studied children with traumatic brain injuries and continues to see these children in her clinical practice.
Juergen K. Willmann, M.D.
Professor of Radiology (General Radiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Willmann lab focuses on the development and clinical translation of novel molecular and functional imaging strategies with special focus on abdominal and pelvic diseases.
Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research interests cover a number of areas in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. I am PI of the Stanford Center for the NIH-funded Type-1 Diabetes TrialNet group. TrialNet conducts clinical trials directed at preventing or delaying the onset of Type 1 diabetes. I am an investigator in DirecNet, another NIH-funded study group, which is devoted to evaluating glucose sensors and the role of technology on the management of diabetes.