Precision medicine needs precision science
Dr. Franco Pestilli wins Janet Taylor Spence Award Neuroscientist Dr. Franco Pestilli, assistant professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been awarded the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions.
This award celebrates the forward-thinking ideas of the most creative and promising researchers, recognizing those who cross traditional sub-disciplinary lines in the multiple fields of psychological science. It honors the contributions of investigators who embody the future of the field, revealing the organization that underlies complex behavior.
Pestilli explores ways of taking human individuality into account when measuring the brain. This approach—broadly known as precision medicine—can enable us to improve the way we predict, prevent, or treat a variety of mental illnesses and conditions, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD to schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD.
Pistelli’s larger goal goes beyond individual anatomy. He imagines that it will one day be possible “to organize individual cases into a landscape of brain profiles that can represent a landscape of health and disease, a vast geographic map that would show how individual brains compare to one another and that would ultimately provide predictive models for new cases.”