Integrative Health Grand Rounds: Revisiting psychedelics: what we know about psilocybin in the treatment of depression

Atheir Abbas, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine, OHSU; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, OHSU

September 15, 2022
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


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About Atheir Abbas, M.D., Ph.D.

It is our absolute pleasure to welcome our first speaker Dr. Atheir Abbas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU. He is a staff psychiatrist at the Portland VA Medical Center, where he practices as a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist. He completed his combined MD/PhD training at Case Western Reserve University under the mentorship of Dr. Bryan Roth, where he studied 5-HT2AR signaling, characterizing the role of the receptor's C-terminal tail in linking to glutaminergic signaling pathways. He then completed his Psychiatry residency and postdoctoral research training at Columbia University, where he trained under Dr. Josh Gordon.

Since Spring 2022, Dr. Abbas has been Chair of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board and has co-chaired its Research Subcommittee since 2021. His research laboratory combines multi-region in vivo electrophysiologic recordings obtained during awake, freely-moving cognitive behaviors such as working memory with optogenetics and computational analyses to study mechanisms of rhythmic coordination within prefrontal cortex-associated circuits.