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Matthew Shtrahman MD-PhD, President and Founder
Colin A. Depp PhD, Secretary
Armen Arevian, MD, PhD, Treasurer

Matthew Shtrahman, MD-PhD

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Matthew Shtrahman received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Michigan in 1997. He completed his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. His thesis work in the Department of Physics and Astronomy utilized novel optical techniques to study synaptic vesicle dynamics in neurons. Dr. Shtrahman is currently a resident in the Department of Neurology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

His primary research focus is spatiotemporal patterns of neuronal activity in the brain. He hopes to utilize a variety of experimental models and techniques to understand how these patterns code for information during physiological activity, as well as how they are altered in disease states such as seizure. These methods include magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG) recordings from human subjects, as well as optical techniques and multi electrode array studies in animal models. Dr. Shtrahman plans to combine fundamental ideas from condensed matter physics and neuroscience with lessons learned from his clinical practice to study the human brain.

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Colin A. Depp, PhD

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Colin Depp is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of California, San Diego. He is a clinical psychologist with an NIMH career development award focusing on enhancing medication adherence with psychosocial interventions among older adults with bipolar disorder.

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Armen Arevian, MD, PhD

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As a psychiatrist and researcher at UCLA, Dr. Arevian's work aims to better understand and care for people with mental illness by developing personalized and predictive approaches to care, embracing the variety between individuals with the same illness, engaging others as equal co-partners in the research process, and attempting to understand and measure not only a person's illness but the context of their community, their story and life experience. Dr. Arevian refers to this broadly as 'Participatory Informatics', blending the fields of neuroscience, computer science, participatory health services research, and design.

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