Keynote Speakers NIH and KI Joint Neuroscience Symposium 2017

Keynote Speakers

Susan G. Amara is currently the Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health.  Work in her laboratory has focused on the structure, function, and cellular physiology of neurotransmitter transporters, including the biogenic amine transporters, major targets for psychostimulant drugs and antidepressants.  She received a BS from Stanford University, a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego and has previously held faculty positions at Yale University School of Medicine, at the Vollum Institute in Portland Oregon and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Yale and in Oregon. Prior to moving to NIH she served as the Thomas Detre Chair of Neurobiology and Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2004), a fellow of the AAAS (2007) and a past-President of the Society for Neuroscience (2011).   


Emily Holmes, PhD, DClinPsych is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.  Her field is experimental psychopathology for psychological treatment innovation.  Her team places clinical psychology alongside cognitive science, psychiatry and neuroscience to investigate psychological mechanisms. A focus is on emotional mental images - such as intrusive memories of trauma (PTSD) or images that ‘flash-forward’ to the future (bipolar disorder). Holmes received her degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. She completed her clinical training doctorate at Royal Holloway University of London, and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. She has held Royal Society and Wellcome Trust Fellowships. Her work has received awards from the British Psychological Society (2010), Humboldt Foundation (2013), and the American Psychological Association (2014). She is an Honorary Professor in Psychiatry, University of Oxford and holds an Honorary appointment at the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit, Cambridge, UK, see:

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