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I am currently a postdoc under Dr. Andrew Kayser at the University of California San Francisco in the department of Neurology and at the VA Northern California Health Care System. I am also a research affiliate at the University of California Berkeley, where I use behavioral assays and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the capacity of dopamine-enhancing drugs to improve emotional regulation and self control in individuals who have mild traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Previously, I was a NIDA T32-funded postdoc in Dr. Edythe London's Laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging at UCLA in the department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, where I used positron emission tomography (PET) to investigate the role of dopamine receptors in maladaptive decision-making and poor self-control among methamphetamine abusers. I received my PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago in 2012, as a NIDA T32- and F31-funded fellow in Dr. Harriet de Wit's Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory, where my thesis work focused on the acute effects of amphetamines and THC on emotional processing and memory in healthy human volunteers. For several years before entering graduate school, I worked in preclinical drug discovery, using rodent models to identify potential novel psychiatric drugs at Abbott Laboratories (now Abbvie). I received my B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University in 2001, where I studied opioid withdrawal in rodents under Dr. Stephen Holtzman in the Department of Pharmacology.
Michael Weiner received his M.D. from the Duke University School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. He received his M.P.H degree in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins. He joined Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1999. Since 2010, he has been Chief of Health Services Research & Development at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dr. Weiner is Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Director of the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Director of Regenstrief Institute's William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, and Principal Investigator of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Center for Health Information and Communication. His clinical and health-services research focuses on measuring and improving the quality, coordination, and delivery of health services, especially for older adults. He studies the effects of health information and information technology on clinicians' practices and patients' outcomes. He has conducted studies of specialty referral, patient-physician videoconferencing, and other forms of telecommunication to improve health care. Study methods have included cohort studies, clinical trials, surveys, and focus groups. Current research includes the development, implementation, and study of information systems to promote clinical handoffs, management of medications, patient-centered care, health information exchange, and clinical decision support.