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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


     Hugh Myrick, M.D.


Donald L. "Hugh" Myrick, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Myrick currently serves as the Medical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs.  In addition, he is the Associate Director of the Mental Health Service Line at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Charleston.

Dr. Myrick’s research interests include the pharmacological treatment of addictive disorders.  Specifically, he has completed trials using anticonvulsant agents in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal, alcoholism, and cocaine dependence.  In addition, Dr. Myrick was awarded a K Award by NIAAA to use neuroimaging to determine the neuronal networks associated with craving.

Dr. Myrick has written manuscripts and book chapters on the pharmacotherapy of substance abuse and dual diagnosis, and he speaks frequently on these topics at major association meetings.  He is actively involved in intramural committees and mentoring activities as well professional organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

         At the completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
         1) Discuss the brain circuitry involved in craving.
  2) Discuss the use of neuroimaging as a tool in the study of the brain response to 
      alcohol cues.
  3) Discuss how neuroimaging might be used in the development of medications for the 
      treatment of alcoholism.

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