Michael Irwin, M.D.

Biography

Dr. Michael R. Irwin is Cousins Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA College of Letters and Sciences; Director, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience; Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Michael R. Irwin is one of the world’s foremost experts on the psychoneuroimmunological pathways by which psychosocial and behavioral factors influence health and disease. He is the Norman Cousins Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA Semel Institute, Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the UCLA Semel Institute, and Director of the Center’s Inflammatory Biology Core. Dr. Irwin pioneered basic studies to show that activation of receptor dependent mechanisms in the brain (e.g., corticotropin releasing hormone) play a key role in the integration of the HPA, autonomic, and immune responses to stress. His clinical translational studies were among the first to demonstrate that b-adrenergic receptor mechanisms steered a reduction in anti-viral immunity and an increase inflammatory responses, and the role of these molecular pathways on infectious- and inflammatory disease pathogenesis in older adults, and in patients with depression, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and alcohol- and cocaine use disorders. His ongoing work is focused on the reciprocal interactions between the immune- and central nervous systems, and the role of sleep disturbance on the molecular and cellular inflammatory signaling pathways that influence depression- and physical health risk with a focus on cancer survivors and older adults. Dr. Irwin’s research has broadly integrated data from laboratory animal studies, epidemiological studies, clinical naturalistic history- and prospective studies, experimental studies, and randomized controlled trials that have employed both behavioral- and mind-body approaches, which has resulted in publication of over 300 research articles and several books. Together, his research has been supported continuously for over 25 years by his PI leadership of over 25 R01 type awards from the National Institute of Aging, National Cancer Institute, National Heart Lung and Blood Disorders Institute, National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Irwin is Past President of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society and of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychiatrists. He was an Associate Editor of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, serves on the Editorial Board of Psychosomatic Medicine and of Sleep. He is Chairperson of NIH-CSR Mechanisms of Emotions, Stress, and Health Study Section, and past appointments on the NIMH Mental Health and AIDS Initial Review Group and Advisory Council to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He has received multiple national and international awards, and was twice the recipient of the Faculty Research Mentor Award from the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D.

Biography

Marco Iacoboni is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Iacoboni is a neurologist and neuroscientist originally from Rome, Italy. He joined the faculty of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA in 1999.

Alicia Izquierdo, Ph.D.

Publications

A selected list of publications:

Hart Evan E, Blair Garrett J, O’Dell Thomas J, Blair Hugh T, Izquierdo Alicia   Chemogenetic Modulation and Single-Photon Calcium Imaging in Anterior Cingulate Cortex Reveal a Mechanism for Effort-Based Decisions The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2020; 40(29): 5628-5643.
Aguirre Claudia G, Stolyarova Alexandra, Das Kanak, Kolli Saisriya, Marty Vincent, Ray Lara, Spigelman Igor, Izquierdo Alicia   Sex-dependent effects of chronic intermittent voluntary alcohol consumption on attentional, not motivational, measures during probabilistic learning and reversal PloS one, 2020; 15(6): e0234729.
Stolyarova A, Rakhshan M, Hart E E, O’Dell T J, Peters M A K, Lau H, Soltani A, Izquierdo A   Contributions of anterior cingulate cortex and basolateral amygdala to decision confidence and learning under uncertainty Nature communications, 2019; 10(1): 4704.
Soltani Alireza, Izquierdo Alicia   Adaptive learning under expected and unexpected uncertainty Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 2019; .
Izquierdo Alicia, Aguirre Claudia, Hart Evan E, Stolyarova Alexandra   Rodent Models of Adaptive Value Learning and Decision-Making Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 2019; 2011: 105-119.
Hart Evan E, Izquierdo Alicia   Quantity versus quality: Convergent findings in effort-based choice tasks Behavioural processes, 2019; 164: 178-185.
Izquierdo Alicia   Functional Heterogeneity within Rat Orbitofrontal Cortex in Reward Learning and Decision Making The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2017; 37(44): 10529-10540.
Hart Evan E, Gerson Julian O, Zoken Yael, Garcia Marisella, Izquierdo Alicia   Anterior cingulate cortex supports effort allocation toward a qualitatively preferred option The European journal of neuroscience, 2017; .
Thompson Andrew B, Gerson Julian, Stolyarova Alexandra, Bugarin Amador, Hart Evan E, Jentsch J David, Izquierdo Alicia   Steep effort discounting of a preferred reward over a freely-available option in prolonged methamphetamine withdrawal in male rats Psychopharmacology, 2017; .
Hart Evan E, Izquierdo Alicia   Basolateral amygdala supports the maintenance of value and effortful choice of a preferred option The European journal of neuroscience, 2016; .
Izquierdo Alicia, Silva Alcino J   Hijacking translation in addiction eLife, 2016; 5: .
Hart Evan E, Stolyarova Alexandra, Conoscenti Michael A, Minor Thomas R, Izquierdo Alicia   Rigid patterns of effortful choice behavior after acute stress in rats Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2016; 1-10.
Izquierdo Alicia, Pozos Hilda, Torre Adrianna De La, DeShields Simone, Cevallos James, Rodriguez Jonathan, Stolyarova Alexandra   Sex differences, learning flexibility, and striatal dopamine D1 and D2 following adolescent drug exposure in rats Behavioural brain research, 2016; .
Izquierdo A, Brigman J L, Radke A K, Rudebeck P H, Holmes A   The neural basis of reversal learning: An updated perspective Neuroscience, 2016; .
Stolyarova Alexandra, Izquierdo Alicia   Distinct patterns of outcome valuation and amygdala-prefrontal cortex synaptic remodeling in adolescence and adulthood Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2015; 9: 115.
Thompson Andrew B, Stolyarova Alexandra, Ying Zhe, Zhuang Yumei, Gomez-Pinilla Fernando, Izquierdo Alicia   Methamphetamine blocks exercise effects on Bdnf and Drd2 gene expression in frontal cortex and striatum Neuropharmacology, 2015; .
Ochoa Jesus G, Stolyarova Alexandra, Kaur Amandeep, Hart Evan E, Bugarin Amador, Izquierdo Alicia   Post-training depletions of basolateral amygdala serotonin fail to disrupt discrimination, retention, or reversal learning Frontiers in neuroscience, 2015; 9: 155.
Wassum Kate M, Izquierdo Alicia   The basolateral amygdala in reward learning and addiction Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2015; .
Ye Tony, Pozos Hilda, Phillips Tamara J, Izquierdo Alicia   Long-term effects of exposure to methamphetamine in adolescent rats Drug and alcohol dependence, 2014; .
Stolyarova Alexandra, O’Dell Steve J, Marshall John F, Izquierdo Alicia   Positive and negative feedback learning and associated dopamine and serotonin transporter binding after methamphetamine Behavioural brain research, 2014; .
Stolyarova Alexandra, Thompson Andrew B, Barrientos Ruth M, Izquierdo Alicia   Reductions in Frontocortical Cytokine Levels are Associated with Long-Lasting Alterations in Reward Valuation after Methamphetamine Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2014; .
Izquierdo Alicia, Darling Chelsi, Manos Nic, Pozos Hilda, Kim Charissa, Ostrander Serena, Cazares Victor, Stepp Haley, Rudebeck Peter H   Basolateral amygdala lesions facilitate reward choices after negative feedback in rats The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2013; 33(9): 4105-9.
Kosheleff Alisa R, Rodriguez Danilo, O’Dell Steve J, Marshall John F, Izquierdo Alicia   Comparison of single-dose and extended methamphetamine administration on reversal learning in rats Psychopharmacology, 2012; 224(3): 459-67.
Barkus Chris, Feyder Michael, Graybeal Carolyn, Wright Tara, Wiedholz Lisa, Izquierdo Alicia, Kiselycznyk Carly, Schmitt Wolfram, Sanderson David J, Rawlins J Nicholas P, Saksida Lisa M, Bussey Timothy J, Sprengel Rolf, Bannerman David, Holmes Andrew   Do GluA1 knockout mice exhibit behavioral abnormalities relevant to the negative or cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder? Neuropharmacology, 2012; 62(3): 1263-72.
Izquierdo Alicia, Carlos Kathleen, Ostrander Serena, Rodriguez Danilo, McCall-Craddolph Aaron, Yagnik Gargey, Zhou Feimeng   Impaired reward learning and intact motivation after serotonin depletion in rats Behavioural brain research, 2012; 233(2): 494-9.
Izquierdo Alicia, Jentsch J David   Reversal learning as a measure of impulsive and compulsive behavior in addictions Psychopharmacology, 2012; 219(2): 607-20.
Izquierdo Alicia, Belcher Annabelle M   Rodent models of adaptive decision making Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 2012; 829(3): 85-101.
Kosheleff Alisa R, Grimes Millie, O’Dell Steve J, Marshall John F, Izquierdo Alicia   Work aversion and associated changes in dopamine and serotonin transporter after methamphetamine exposure in rats Psychopharmacology, 2012; 219(2): 411-20.
Ostrander Serena, Cazares Victor A, Kim Charissa, Cheung Shauna, Gonzalez Isabel, Izquierdo Alicia   Orbitofrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala lesions result in suboptimal and dissociable reward choices on cue-guided effort in rats Behavioral neuroscience, 2011; 125(3): 350-9.
Izquierdo Alicia, Murray Elisabeth A   Functional interaction of medial mediodorsal thalamic nucleus but not nucleus accumbens with amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex is essential for adaptive response selection after reinforcer devaluation The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2010; 30(2): 661-9.
Brigman Jonathan L, Mathur Poonam, Harvey-White Judith, Izquierdo Alicia, Saksida Lisa M, Bussey Timothy J, Fox Stephanie, Deneris Evan, Murphy Dennis L, Holmes Andrew   Pharmacological or genetic inactivation of the serotonin transporter improves reversal learning in mice Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2010; 20(8): 1955-63.
Izquierdo Alicia, Belcher Annabelle M, Scott Lori, Cazares Victor A, Chen Jack, O’Dell Steven J, Malvaez Melissa, Wu Tiffany, Marshall John F   Reversal-specific learning impairments after a binge regimen of methamphetamine in rats: possible involvement of striatal dopamine Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2010; 35(2): 505-14.
Chudasama Yogita, Izquierdo Alicia, Murray Elisabeth A   Distinct contributions of the amygdala and hippocampus to fear expression The European journal of neuroscience, 2009; 30(12): 2327-37.
Izquierdo Alicia, Newman Timothy K, Higley J Dee, Murray Elisabeth A   Genetic modulation of cognitive flexibility and socioemotional behavior in rhesus monkeys Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2007; 104(35): 14128-33.
Wellman C L, Izquierdo A, Garrett J E, Martin K P, Carroll J, Millstein R, Lesch K-P, Murphy D L, Holmes A   Impaired stress-coping and fear extinction and abnormal corticolimbic morphology in serotonin transporter knock-out mice The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2007; 27(3): 684-91.
Murray Elisabeth A, Izquierdo Alicia   Orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala contributions to affect and action in primates Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2007; 1121(8): 273-96.
Izquierdo Alicia, Murray Elisabeth A   Selective bilateral amygdala lesions in rhesus monkeys fail to disrupt object reversal learning The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2007; 27(5): 1054-62.
Izquierdo Alicia, Wellman Cara L, Holmes Andrew   Brief uncontrollable stress causes dendritic retraction in infralimbic cortex and resistance to fear extinction in mice The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2006; 26(21): 5733-8.
Izquierdo Alicia, Wiedholz Lisa M, Millstein Rachel A, Yang Rebecca J, Bussey Timothy J, Saksida Lisa M, Holmes Andrew   Genetic and dopaminergic modulation of reversal learning in a touchscreen-based operant procedure for mice Behavioural brain research, 2006; 171(2): 181-8.
Izquierdo Alicia, Suda Robin K, Murray Elisabeth A   Comparison of the effects of bilateral orbital prefrontal cortex lesions and amygdala lesions on emotional responses in rhesus monkeys The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2005; 25(37): 8534-42.
Izquierdo Alicia, Murray Elisabeth A   Opposing effects of amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex lesions on the extinction of instrumental responding in macaque monkeys The European journal of neuroscience, 2005; 22(9): 2341-6.
Izquierdo Alicia, Suda Robin K, Murray Elisabeth A   Bilateral orbital prefrontal cortex lesions in rhesus monkeys disrupt choices guided by both reward value and reward contingency The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2004; 24(34): 7540-8.
Izquierdo Alicia, Murray Elisabeth A   Combined unilateral lesions of the amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex impair affective processing in rhesus monkeys Journal of neurophysiology, 2004; 91(5): 2023-39.
Baxter M G, Parker A, Lindner C C, Izquierdo A D, Murray E A   Control of response selection by reinforcer value requires interaction of amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2000; 20(11): 4311-9.
Boothe R G, Louden T, Aiyer A, Izquierdo A, Drews C, Lambert S R   Visual outcome after contact lens and intraocular lens correction of neonatal monocular aphakia in monkeys Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 2000; 41(1): 110-9.