Meet the Scientist - July 2016



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Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.

Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.

Foundation Scientific Council Member
2001 Klerman Prizewinner for Exceptional Clinical Research by a Young Investigator
1993, 1996, 2000 NARSAD Grantee
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Rocky Mountain Network - Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (VISN 19 MIRECC)
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Dr. Renshaw's work is centered on the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to identify changes in brain chemistry that are associated with mood and substance abuse disorders. These observations are used to identify novel therapies. His current clinical/MRS trials are focused on the use of citicoline as a treatment for methamphetamine dependence, creatine as a treatment for depression, and uridine as a treatment for bipolar disorder. In addition, the Renshaw laboratory is exploring the surprisingly strong association between suicide rates and altitude of residence. The underlying hypothesis is that brain metabolic changes associated with altitude increase the prevalence and severity of mood disorders.

Dr. Renshaw was Research Director and then Director of the McLean Hospital Brain Imaging Center and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School prior to joining the University of Utah.


Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

President & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., joined the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in 2012 as Chief Medical Officer and was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer at the start of 2013. Dr. Borenstein has more than two decades of experience in health and non-profit leadership. He is former CEO/Medical Director of Holliswood Hospital, where he served from 1996 to 2012. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and the Host of the award-winning series, “Healthy Minds,” which is broadcast on public television stations across the United States. He is Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

An active contributor to the psychiatric field  for more than three decades, Dr. Borenstein currently chairs the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association, the Mental Health Services Council of NY State, and the Section on Psychiatry, NY Academy of Medicine, where he is a Fellow. Among the many honors to his credit are the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NY State Connie Lieber Award, the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation and the Federation of Organizations Community Mental Health Man of the Year Award.

Dr. Borenstein is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine.

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