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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Perry F. Renshaw, MD, PhD


        Perry F. Renshaw, MD, PhD


Dr. Renshaw is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  He also completed his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. at the McCallum Graduate School of Business, Bentley College, in Waltham, MA.  Dr. Renshaw serves as the Medical Director of the VISN 19 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  His training as a biophysicist and psychiatrist has led to a primary research interest in the use of multinuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) neuroimaging to identify changes in brain chemistry associated with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.  Over the past 20 years, he has conducted more than 1,000 MRS brain scans of individuals with mood disorders, with the goal of characterizing the cross-sectional and longitudinal alterations in brain chemistry associated with mood disorders and their treatment.  He has a notable publication record having served as an author on more than 300 publications. His research projects have been funded by the NIH for 18 years, including a NIDA K05 and a collaborative R01 grant.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Identify a relationship between altitude and suicide rates.
2.  Describe disorders that are more or less prevalent with altitude.
3.  Characterize changes in brain chemistry that occur with altitude.


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