Jorge Almeida, MD, PhD (2017 Graduate)

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Congratulations to Dr. Almeida who will be joining the faculty at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas - Austin as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with 50% protected research time!

A little about Dr. Almeida:

I completed my medical education and psychiatry residency training in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I then obtained a PhD focusing on effects of antidepressants on the brain using neuroimaging. I subsequently moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where I obtained a post-doctoral degree under the supervision of Mary Phillips, MD, Director of the Mood and Brain Laboratory at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) at the University of Pittsburgh. Between 2010 and July 2013, I served as Assistant Professor at the Clinical and Translational Affective Neuroscience Program, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Pittsburgh, where I acquired skills not only in standard neuroimaging but also in cutting-edge neuroimaging methodologies, such as effective connectivity analysis to study brain circuits and pattern recognition analysis, which promises to bring brain imaging one step closer to clinical practice.

In July 2013, I joined the adult psychiatry residency training program at Brown University. Brown University is a leading institution in neuroimaging techniques. I have worked with Daniel Dickstein, MD, using neuroimaging as a complementary tool for early detection of mood episodes, differential diagnosis between unipolar and bipolar depression, personalized treatment choice, and for testing new medications/devices for the treatment of mood disorders. Under Dr. Dickstein’s mentorship, I received a research award which will allow me acquire neuroimaging pilot data on individuals at risk for bipolar disorder, which will inform later independent research grant submissions. I worked under the mentorship of Linda Carpenter, MD, who is a leading clinical researcher especially in device based treatments of Mood Disorder. She is the director of the Mood Disorders Research Program, where she leads a diverse spectrum of clinical trials, from innovative compounds to device based clinical trials. Under Dr. Carpenter’s supervision, I received training in an array of topics necessary to successfully participate in clinical trials.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Hibar, Westlye, Doan, Jahanshad, Cheung...Almeida, et al. (in press). Cortical abnormalities in bipolar disorder: An MRI analylsis of 6,503 individuals from the ENIGMA Bipolar Disorder Working Group. Molecular Psychiatry.

Sun, Houenou, Duclap, Sarrazin, Linke, Daban...Almeida, et al. (2017). Shape analysis of the cingulum, uncinate and arcuate fasciculi in patients with bipolar disorder. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 42, 27-36.

Bertocci, Bebko, Versace, Iyengar, Bonar, Forbes, Almeida, et al. (2016). Reward-related neural activity and structure predict future substance use in dysregulated youth. Psychological Medicine, 1-13.

Manelis, Almeida, Stiffler, Lockovich, Aslam, Phillips. (2016). Anticipation-related brain connectivity in bipolar and unipolar depression: A graph theory approach. Brain, 139, 2554-2566.