Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Amin Zand Vakili, MD, PhD
|Amin Zand Vakili, MD, PhD *
Psychiatry Residency Program, PGY-4, 2017-2018
Dr. Amin Zand Vakili is a R25 resident physician *at the Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and also a researcher at Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN). Before joining Brown/Providence VA he studied processing of sensory information in the cerebral cortex and how populations of neurons in different cortical areas communicate with each other. His research has demonstrated that functional connectivity and communication in the brain is modulated by coordinated activity of neurons. Information is communicated between brain areas when neurons fire in harmony suggesting that disturbances in the brain’s coordinated activity can have clinical implications by disrupting the normal flow of neural signals.
While at CfNN he studies non-invasive neuromodulation techniques (e.g. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Transcranial Electrical Stimulation) and how they affect and alter neural coordinated activity and thus change brain function. He employs computational modeling and machine learning to study the electrophysiological data (EEG in particular) recorded in Veterans who receive treatment for a host of ailments (depression, PTSD, chronic pain,...) and investigate the use of neural data to guide and individualize such treatments.
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