At a presentation several years ago by PBS research scientists Yvonne Lai, Anatha Shekhar was struck by the promise of Lai’s research for the treatment of PTSD. PTSD is a pervasive and troubling disorder, which hinges on an event or series of events. Its devastating impact has become especially visible in recent years with the return of compact veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

An IU School of Medicine researcher, psychiatrist and professor of neurobiology, pharmacology, and psychiatry, who treats a variety of stress-mediated psychiatric disorders—from depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, to post-traumatic stress disorder—Shekhar grappled with the complexities of psychiatric treatments.

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