Jerusalem Mental Health Center, Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem;
Brigham and Women
Dr. Renana Eitan studied medicine at The Hebrew University Medical School (2001) and psychiatry at The Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center (2009). She was the founding director of the first neuropsychiatric unit in Israel (2011-2015). She is now a researcher at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2016-2018). Dr. Eitan is one the pioneers of deep brain stimulation research in psychiatry. She and her colleagues focus upon the development of new functional electrophysiological techniques in human patients and non-human primates to localize and characterize brain circuitry dysfunction underlying psychiatric disorders. They have found a right-left lateralization of emotional functions in the basal ganglia and a new sub-cortical circuit-level mechanism that generates obsessions and compulsions in human patients. They have recently initiated a novel deep brain stimulation study to treat negative symptoms of schizophrenia.