Neuroscience of Stress and Metabolism

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 2:00 pm EDT
Meet the Scientist - March 2023

Studying uniquely human illness, such as Anorexia Nervosa, is difficult in animal models. However, it is necessary to understand the biology underlying these complex disorders to develop improved treatments. Dr. Ross will describe how her lab works with mouse models in order to advance our knowledge and describe potential treatment targets for Anorexia Nervosa and other diseases that affect both the brain and the body.

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Presented by 
Rachel Amy Ross, M.D., Ph.D.
Rachel Amy Ross, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant professor in the departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Psychiatric Research Institute of Montefiore and Einstein

2022 Young Investigator Grant

Rachel A. Ross, MD, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and part of the Psychiatric Research Institute of Montefiore and Einstein in the Bronx, NY since 2020. Her primary academic interest is focused on understanding how stress influences food-based decision making and metabolic outcomes, and how certain stigmatized bodily and behavioral responses to external and internal stressors can lead to disease states, such as anorexia nervosa or obesity. She maintains a clinical practice seeing patients who struggle with these issues with a trauma-informed perspective. Dr. Ross studied bioengineering at Cornell University, and received her MD and PhD in molecular pharmacology from Einstein.

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.