The Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has a primary mission to offer a program of cutting-edge clinical research services that contribute to breakthroughs in the scientific understanding of the mood disorders. Depressive disorders are very complex diseases, and the expanded efforts of basic and clinical scientists are needed to develop more effective diagnostic and treatment methods. The Asher Center has fostered and sustained an intellectual environment that stimulates innovation and creativity, improves diagnostic services, and develops novel treatment and prevention strategies for mood disorders. The Asher Center has an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and trainees consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, and basic neuroscientists, with research collaborators in neurology, obstetrics/gynecology/urogynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, genetics, chronobiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and data management/statistics.
Our central clinical research themes include:
- Developing novel drug and non-drug treatment and treatment combinations for mood disorders in general and for specific populations (e.g., childbearing and perimenopausal women, treatment-refractory patients, and individuals with comorbid physical illnesses).
- Translating the findings from basic science studies on models of emotion in order to identify individual differences in the biological and affective aspects of emotion in emotional disorders, and identifying disease state and trait biomarkers.
- Conducting clinical, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, neurophysiologic and brain imaging studies to develop individualized medicine for treatment of mood disorders.
- Developing a complex disorders diagnostic program to include intensive testing for disorders that present with psychiatric symptoms, such as inborn errors of metabolism or nutrient deficiencies.
We also are focused on applying what we learn through research to help and improve the lives of countless patients who suffer from debilitating mood disorders in Chicago, nationally and internationally. The Asher Center, with its Feinberg-affiliated care facilities, is on a trajectory to become an internationally prominent center of excellence for research and clinical practice pertaining to mood disorders. The foresight and extraordinary generosity of the Asher Family have created a strong foundation from which the Asher Center can grow and innovate into the future.
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Contact Jeff McManus for more information about the center.
Study Participants Needed
The Asher Center is currently looking for participants in a study on postpartum depression. Read the study brochure to learn more. Eligible women interested in participating should call the Asher Center toll-free at 855-99-ASHER.