As misophonia garners more research, many might not be aware of the faces behind these breakthroughs. The IMRN advisory board features many misophonia research experts and is actively working to change the face of misophonia. View their academic papers here. Most recently, the IMRN released a literature review that highlights misophonia research and provides an agenda for continuing studies. You can view upcoming studies here.
Meet The IMRN Misophonia Research Experts
Dr Sukhbinder Kumar is a neuroscientist and is currently working as a Research Fellow at Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London (UCL) and Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University (UK). He received his PhD from Newcastle University (UK) in 2004. His research concerns understanding brain mechanisms of auditory perception, cognition and emotion processing in normal human subjects and how these mechanisms go wrong in disorders of perception such as musical hallucinations and disorders of emotion processing such as misophonia. To address these questions he uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) combined with computational modelling and behavioural testing. Dr Kumar has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in neuroscience journals.
Dr. Rosenthal is the Vice Chair for Clinical Services (//psychiatry.duke.edu/patient-care) at the Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. He is also an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and in the Duke University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is director of the Sensory Processing and Emotion Regulation Program (www.dukescience.org), founded by Dr. Jennifer Jo-Brout, and the Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program (CBRTP). Dr. Rosenthal’s research has focused on emotion regulation in adult psychopathology, the development of novel, computer-based interventions for treatment-resistant populations, and the generalization of emotion regulation from the clinic into the natural environment using conditioned reminders of learning. He has published in scientific journals and books, including Emotion, Journal of Abnormal Psychology,Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Traumatic Stress, and Behavior Research and Therapy.
Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU and the Nathan Kline Institute. He also a Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical School. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion and he is the author of The Emotional Brain, Synaptic Self, and Anxious. LeDoux has received a number of awards, including the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society, the Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science, Jean Louis Signoret Prize of the IPSEN Foundation, the Santiago Grisolia Prize, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, the American Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award. His book Anxiousreceived the 2016 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. LeDoux is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids.
Dr. Porges is currently a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University Bloomington (and is formerly a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina). Prior to moving to North Carolina, Dr. Porges directed the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also held appointments in the Departments of Psychology, BioEngineering, and the Program in Neurosocience. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Porges served as Chair of the Department of Human Development and Director of the Institute for Child Study. He is a former President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has been president of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (now called the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences), a consortium of societies representing approximately 20,000 bio-behavioral scientists.
Miren Edelstein is a doctoral candidate in the UCSD Psychology Department‘s Center for Brain & Cognition studying under Dr. Diana Deutsch and Dr. V.S. Ramachandran. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in music from UC Berkeley in 2011. Her research interests include music cognition, absolute pitch, synesthesia, auditory perception and misophonia.
Edward D. Levin, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He has secondary appointments in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He directs the Neural and Behavioral Assessment and Training Cores of the Duke University Superfund Basic Research Program and is former Director of the Duke Integrated Toxicology Program. Dr. Levin earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 1984 at the University of Wisconsin. He was an NIH-sponsored Post-doctoral fellow in Psychopharmacology at the Psychology Department at University of California at Los Angeles and was a visiting scientist at Uppsala University in Sweden. Since 1989 he has conducted research and taught at Duke University.
Mercede Erfanian is a neuroscientist (with background of clinical psychology BSc and MSc and neuroscience MSc) with particular focus on affective disorders. Her research concerns understanding brain mechanisms in patients with mood and anxiety disorders. At the moment her research focus is fully on Misophonia, its brain mechanism, cognitive and emotional characteristics and co-morbidity with other affective disorders. She has published many scientific papers and is the winner of several international prizes (e.g. Herman Westenberg Prize) and grants (e.g. IBRO-FENS grant).
Lorenzo Diaz-Mataix received his PhD at the University of Barcelona in Spain. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Neural Science at New York University, where he has worked in the laboratory of Professor Joseph LeDoux since 2006. He is interested in the study of the basic neurophysiology and neuropharmacology underlying emotional learning and memory. In particular, his studies take a translational approach, asking basic questions that have potential clinical implications. He has been a visitor scientist at Université Paris XI/CNRS in France, and at the Riken Brain Science Institute in Japan. He was a Fulbright Post-doctoral scholar and a travel awardee of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is also the recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator Award to study drugs with a potential prophylactic effect on the development of PTSD after a traumatic experience.