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Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry covers a variety of emotional and stress-related symptoms as well as mental disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sleep disorder, and organic brain disorders, which are caused by central nervous system dysfunction. It also deals with child neuropsychiatric disorders, i.e., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and developmental disorders. The research area of the center for psychiatry and behavioral sciences is mainly to investigate neurobiological alterations in psychiatric disorders by using in vivo imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In particular, it is focused on the development of techniques to investigate neurotransmission in the living human brain and to apply these techniques to patients with psychiatric disorders to unravel the complex pathophysiology of various mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and drug addiction. High-resolution PET (HRRT-PET) molecular imaging is mainly used as an investigational technique, which refers to the use of radiolabeled tracers with HRRT-PET to measure protein molecules such as receptors, transporters, and others involved in various cellular processes in the living human brain. The research programs also include clinical psychopharmacology, structural neuroimaging, and psychiatric genetics.



• Director: Professor Jong-Hoon Kim


• Academic degree: MD, PhD


• Specialty:

Molecular PET imaging, Clinical Psychopharmacology, Schizophrenia, Mood disorders



• Keywords:

Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, MRI-PET Fusion, PET, MRI, CT, Nuclear physics



• Professor:

Jong-Hoon Kim has published over 70 research reports in scientific journals as a principal author, the majority on schizophrenia and clinical psychopharmacology. He has been the editorial board member of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and Korean Journal of Schizophrenia Research.



• Honors and Awards:

Paul Janssen Research Award (2006, Korean Neuropsychiatric Association), Research Award (2011, Asian College of Neuropsychopharmacology), Research Award (2012, 2005 Gachon University), Marquis Who`s Who in Science and Engineering (9th Edition)
(2006)



• Affiliation and contact information:

Department of Psychiatry, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University, 1198 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, Incheon, 405-760, Korea Tel) 82-32-460-2696
Fax) 82-32-472-8813
Primaryemail) jhnp@chol.com
Secondary email) kjh@gilhospital.com



• Academic training and appointments:

1987-1989 Seoul National University, Premedical College, Natural science
1989-1993 M.D., Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Medicine
1997-2002 M.Sc., Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Psychiatry
2002-2005 Ph.D., Seoul National University, College of Medicine
1993-1994 Internship, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National UniversityCollege of Medicine
1994-1998 Residency, Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine
2001-2003 Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine
2003-2007 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gachon University
2006-2007 Visiting Researcher, Division of Translational Imaging, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY, USA
2007-2012 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gachon University
2012- present, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gachon University



• Research areas:

- Molecular PET imaging using radiotracers
- Functional and structural imaging (PET and MRI)
- Clinical psychopharmacology
- Early phase clinical drug trials using PET imaging
- Clinical research on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression



• Researchers:

Jeong Hee Kim : kimjunghee@gachon.ac.kr
Yo Han Joo : yhjoo@gachon.ac.kr