Discovering treatments
Providing hope - Improving lives

The Translational Therapeutics Lab seeks to translate our understanding of the brain bases of emotion and behavior to develop rapid-acting treatments for mental illness. We partner with collaborators at multiple points along the drug discovery and development pathway to discover new treatments across the lifespan.

Our interdisciplinary approach involves identifying promising compounds and designing clinical trials that simultaneously provide information about mechanism and efficacy. We utilize multiple modalities (fMRI, EEG, MRS) to understand where and when compounds are targeting the brain at multiple levels including molecules, circuits, networks, and behaviors to produce rapid relief of symptoms.

We are committed to educating the public about mental illness and clinical research. 

Latest News

OCD Awareness Week at Stanford - Presentations

OCD Treatments Old and New

Speaker: Dr. Lorrin Koran

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Rapid-Acting Treatments for OCD

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Speaker: Dr. Nolan Willams

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Focused Ultrasound and Deep Brain Stimulation

Speaker: Dr. Mahendra Bhati

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Image by Paul Sakuma, Stanford Medicine News.


Webinar: ‘Towards Rapid-Acting Treatments for OCD’

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. (2017, June 13).

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Podcast: ‘Special K’ A Potential Treatment for OCD?

Scope. (2017, June 5). Stanford Medicine.

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Early Test Shows: Experimental Drug May Have Potential to Relieve OCD Symptoms Quickly and with Few Side Effect

eNews. (2017, May 25). Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

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Researcher Investigates Hallucinogen as Potential OCD Treatment

White, T. (2017, May 19). Stanford Medicine.

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Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with OCD by advancing our understanding of and the treatment for these brain based disorders.


We are dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from Hoarding Disorder by developing more effective brain based treatments.


We explore the function of healthy brain. Your participation will help us discover therapies for OCD and Hoarding Disorder.