The NeuroPsychiatry Imaging Lab (NeuroPIL), lead by Dr. Jean Théberge, is a research group dedicated to the development, implementation and application of brain imaging methodologies in psychiatry research.
Dr. Théberge is a certified Medical Physicist specialized in magnetic resonance. His current work involves providing support to the clinical MRI programs of St. Joseph’s Health Care and LHSC, teaching MRI at the graduate level in the Medical Biophysics program of the University of Western Ontario and conducting MR imaging research within the Lawson Health Research Institute’s Imaging Division.
With a solid background in physics, significant computer programming skills and knowledge and experience of neuropsychiatry, Dr. Théberge has been able to forge several alliances with clinical collaborators that allow him to conduct a wide range of brain imaging research, methodological developments and applications centered around the theme of neuropsychiatric disorders.
His current research in this area includes investigations of progressive changes in brain chemistry in schizophrenia using magnetic resonance spectroscopy, investigations of brain functional connectivity in major depression in youth as well as in individuals with schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress disorder. Most recently, his group is applying functional MRS methods to the study of glutamate dynamics during the performance of a cognitive task in these disorders.