Under the direction of Jair C. Soares, M.D. the UT Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders focuses on the search for the causes and the development of new treatments for severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. It is comprised of an active research team who specialize in clinical neurosciences (neuroimaging, neurophysiology, cognitive neurosciences, and genetics), as well as clinical psychopharmacology and interventions research.
The UT Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders consists of 4 components:
The Research Clinic focuses on the study of mood disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder and Depression, for a better understanding of the disease process and development of new therapeutic approaches.
The neuroimaging laboratory focuses on developing and utilizing non-invasive brain imaging tools to elucidate the disease process of mood disorders such as Bipolar Disorder and Major depressive Disorder.
The Molecular Psychiatry Laboratory is dedicated to the study of the biological underpinnings of mental illness with a focus on the use of biomarkers to better diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders.
The Center for Experimental Models in Psychiatry is devoted to the use of experimental preclinical approaches to better understand psychiatric disorders and pathophysiology, as well as the development and testing of new therapeutic strategies.