Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Bernadette Cortese, PhD
Bernadette M. Cortese, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the BRAIN Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. In 2003, Dr. Cortese received her Ph.D. in Biopsychology (Neuroscience minor) from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where she utilized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to investigate the neurobehavioral effects of exposure to prenatal alcohol. After receiving her degree she continued her training, using neuroimaging to investigate anxiety and related sleep problems, as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA (2004-2007) and then the Medical University of South Carolina (2008-2010). In 2010, Dr. Cortese was awarded a Mentored Career Development Grant (K01) from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the neuronal networks associated with odor-elicited anxiety in OEF/OIF combat veterans with PTSD. Although her main research is focused on the role of the central olfactory system in fear and anxiety, her olfactory tools and methods are applicable to a wide range of brain processes and psychiatric disorders, many of which she is currently investigating or developing through collaborations (e.g. addiction, insomnia, narcolepsy, learning and memory).
At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe the various clinical olfactory assessments.
2. Identify the overlapping brain regions involved in fear and odor processing.
3. Describe the effects of odor-related trauma in combat veterans.