Psychiatry and Neurosciences

Prof. Yasumasa Okamoto

【Research Keyword】
Major depression, neuroimaging, biomarker, machine learning, neurofeedback

Profiles of Faculty and Research Scholars

We deliver lectures and clinical practice to introduce knowledge about psychiatry including basic interview methods, classification of mental disorders, consultation-liaison psychiatry or mental disorders including affective disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, stress-related disorder, organic mental disorder or dementia.

We develop new technology to classify depression and to predict the treatment-response, based on neural circuit and molecular pathophysiology of depression. We also develop a new treatment method based on neurofeedback technique, in which a patient will modulate their own neural activity involved in the pathophysiology of depression. To reveal the mechanism underlying the onset of depression, we analyze the role of Habenula which regulates both serotonergic and dopaminergic activity, and glial cells which regulate the excitability of Habenula.