John Nurnberger, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

John I. Nurnberger, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Joyce and Iver Small Professor of Psychiatry


Personal Statement  My principal appointment is as the Director of the Institute of Psychiatric Research. I am also Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry for Research. I have adjunct appointments in Medical and Molecular Genetics and Medical Neuroscience. I enjoy a combination of research, teaching, clinical service, and administration.
Education  Undergraduate: Fordham College (Fordham University)

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency Program: New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

Fellowship: National Institute of Mental Health

Board Certifications/Certifications:
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Current Academic Interests  Teaching: I teach Mood Disorders for PGY I Residents and hold a seminar on Historical Readings in Psychiatry. I also provide mentorship for students, trainees, and junior faculty.

Clinic: Clinics at Midtown Mental Health Center and University Hospital Ambulatory Care Center. Consultant at the Roudebush VA.

Research: My main area of interest is in psychiatric genetics. Our group studies primarily bipolar affective disorder, alcohol dependence, and autism. We are involved in multicenter collaborative efforts to identify single genes and trace their effect on brain function and on vulnerability to psychiatric illness over the lifespan.
Recent Publications   Derringer J, Krueger RF, Dick DM, Saccone S, Grucza RA, Agrawal A, Lin P, Almasy L, Edenberg HJ, Foroud T, Nurnberger JI Jr, Hesselbrock VM, Kramer JR, Kuperman S, Porjesz B, Schuckit MA, Bierut LJ; Gene Environment Association Studies (GENEVA) Consortium. Predicting sensation seeking from dopamine genes: A candidate-system approach. Psychol Sci 21(9):1282-1290, 2010.

Zlojutro M, Manz N, Rangaswamy M, Xuei X, Flury-Wetherill L, Koller D, Bierut LJ, Goate A, Hesselbrock V, Kuperman S, Nurnberger J Jr, Rice JP, Schuckit MA, Foroud T, Edenberg HJ, Porjesz B, Almasy L. Genome-wide association study of theta band event-related oscillations identifies serotonin receptor gene HTR7 influencing risk of alcohol dependence. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet 156(1):44-58, 2010.

Agrawal A, Nurnberger JI Jr, Lynskey MT. Item response modeling of DSM-IV mania symptoms in two representative US epidemiological samples. Psychological Medicine 40:1549-1558, 2010.
John Nurnberger, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

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