Recent advances in neuroimaging have helped to identify of functional, structural, and neurochemical changes for an array number of psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Founded in 2005, the Morey lab is at the forefront of research to better our understanding of the brain changes that accompany posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD as well as mild traumatic brain injury [mTBI]). This research has led to novel insights regarding the neural circuits associated with cognitive and emotional deficits in PTSD that will ultimately be required to develop more effective and individually tailored treatments for PTSD.
We use functional MRI (fMRI), structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), combined with behavioral and genetics methods. The PTSD & TBI Neuroimaging Lab is a core group within the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) at Duke University Medical Center as well as the Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Durham VA Medical Center. The lab has access to two research dedicated MRI scanners at the BIAC and high throughput genomics at the Duke Center for Human Genetics (CHG).