Yogesh Dwivedi, PhD, Professor in the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, has been appointed as the chair of the National Institutes of Health's Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. The appointment is from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019.
The PMDA Study Section addresses the pathophysiology of a broad range of psychiatric, addictive and neurological disorders and the biological systems that mediate cognitive, behavioral, social and learning abnormalities. It comprises 17 members from universities across the United States.
The study section also reviews grant applications submitted to the NIH that seek funding to examine the molecular or neurobiological basis of mental disorders and addiction, makes recommendations on the applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and surveys the status of research in the field.
Since Dwivedi's research interest is primarily centered in molecular mechanisms associated with mood disorders and suicide, this study section is an opportunity to gather inputs that will facilitate his area of research.
Dwivedi earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, and his PhD in biochemistry from the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India. He then served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the University of Illinois, Chicago, after which he entered the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at UIC in 1994. Dwivedi became a professor with tenure in the departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at UIC in 2011. He was then appointed as the director of Translational Neuroscience in UAB's Department of Psychiatry mood disorders program and a professor of psychiatry in 2013.