Precision Therapeutics: From Circuit Biotypes to Personalized Interventions
Sponsored by the Ewald W. Busse Lectureship
Leanne Williams, PhD, is the inaugural Vincent V.C. Woo Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Chair of Translational Neuroscience at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the founding director of the Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness and of the Stanford PanLab for Precision Psychiatry and Translational Neuroscience. She holds a joint appointment as Director of the Precision Medicine Core at the Palo Alto VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center.
Prior to joining the Stanford community, Dr. Williams was the Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and Director of the Brain Dynamics Center at Sydney Medical School. Her PhD was completed with a British Council Scholarship for study at Oxford University. She has developed a the first-of-its-kind technology to identify neuroscience-based biotypes of depression and anxiety. Her biotype approach integrates advanced neuroimaging and data sciences. Her treatment studies use biotypes to personalize to tailor interventions and promote wellness. Biotypes are applied in studies of pharmacotherapies, behavioral interventions, novel selective medicines, neuromodulation, and exploratory therapeutics. Dr. Williams' research programs are supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and foundations. She has published the first book on Precision Psychiatry and contributed over 370 scientific papers to the field.