“The Neurocardiac Pathway as a Model to Study Cardiovascular Risk in PTSD”

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Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual - RSVP (link in description) to receive link for talk
Category: Seminar

“The Neurocardiac Pathway as a Model to Study Cardiovascular Risk in PTSD

Guest Speaker, Dr. Antonia V. Seligowski, Assistant Neuroscientist at McLean Hospital; Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School


October 22, 2020

11 to 12 p.m.

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The university community is invited to join NeuroCAST & TNI for a special seminar with guest speaker, Antonia Seligowski, Ph.D., Instructor in Psychology, at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Neuroscientist at McLean Hospital.

The talk will be held virtually on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 from 11 to 12 p.m.. Dr. Seligowski will present, "The Neurocardiac Pathway as a Model to Study Cardiovascular Risk in PTSD ". 

Antonia V. Seligowski, PhD, is an assistant neuroscientist in the laboratory of Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD. Using translational methods such as fear-potentiated startle and electroencephalogram, Dr. Seligowski’s research is focused on examining the physiological and neurophysiological underpinnings of PTSD. Further, her research aims to identify how these mechanisms are influenced by gonadal hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.

Dr. Seligowski completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Kerry Ressler’s Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory at McLean Hospital.


PTSD is associated with greater risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and deficits in autonomic functioning have been implicated as mechanisms underlying this link (e.g., elevated heart rate and blood pressure). The neurocardiac pathway is a promising way to study CVD risk in PTSD given its connections between frontal brain regions that are under-activated in PTSD, and cardiovascular regulation. This talk will discuss research on the PTSD-CVD link and present a research agenda for using the neurocardiac pathway to better understand CVD risk in PTSD.


Manessa Riser