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Presentation by Dan Silverman, MD, PhD. Director, UCLA Brain Wellness and PET Consultation Services
Bio: Dan Silverman obtained his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry at Harvard University, followed by postdoctoral research training in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He then earned his M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, subsequently completing residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Nuclear Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and obtaining certifications from both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Silverman serves as Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and Head of the Neuronuclear Imaging Section at UCLA Medical Center. He is a faculty member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Brain Research Institute, and the Physics and Biology in Medicine interdepartmental programs. He practices as a physician at UCLA and serves as Director of both the UCLA Brain Wellness Consultation and NeuroPET Clinics. With respect to research activities, Dr. Silverman is first author of the first scientific article visualizing visceral pain pathways in human brain. He is also first author of the first scientific article to identify long-term alterations in brain metabolism in patients who had previously undergone chemotherapy, as well as co-author of the first book devoted exclusively to this subject, Your Brain After Chemo, and serves as principal investigator for several clinical trials aimed at preserving or restoring neuropsychologic performance.
Description of Presentation: People with conditions involving chronic pain, 'brain fog,' or altered mood (and, not uncommonly, two or three of these problems at the same time) suffer symptoms that are often difficult for their physicians to accurately assess. The lack of objective tools used by doctors for measuring these problems too often is confused -- by both patients and their physicians -- with a lack of a "physical" basis underlying them. While it may take more than a stethoscope or EKG to perceive them, the recent rise and application of certain powerful medical imaging tools has made it clear that disorders of chronic pain (including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, non-ulcer dyspepsia, non-cardiac chest pain), of cognition (including 'chemobrain' or other thought disorders), and of mood, in fact all have physical bases that can be identified and quantified, as will be seen in this presentation, using dedicated imaging approaches.
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