Otago Seminar by visiting researcher Professor Ahmad Hariri: Identifying neural signatures of risk for mental illness

15 August 2016


Brain Research New Zealand, Brain Health Research Centre and the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study are proud to present a seminar by visiting Professor Ahmad Hariri. 

As Director of the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics (LoNG) at Duke University, Professor Hariri employs a research strategy seeking to integrate complimentary technologies in the service of illuminating the biological pathways of individual differences in complex behavioral traits. The LoNG works with collaborators both at Duke and abroad to translate these efforts into the establishment of biomarkers that interact with unique environmental factors to predict disease risk and also inform the development of novel therapeutic strategies.


Prof Hariri will provide examples of the team’s ongoing efforts to identify and understand individual differences in systems-level brain function that represent possible biomarkers of risk for psychopathology.

Specifically, he will highlight how variability in brain circuit function associated with threat, reward, and executive control helps shape an individual’s sensitivity to future life stress.

He will also discuss how we plan to elaborate and extend our findings by collecting neuroimaging data in the Dunedin Longitudinal Study.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the BRNZ and BHRC and Professor Hariri is hosted by the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit.

More information about Prof Hariri