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Nov 21, 2022

Dr. Greg Fonzo

Greg Fonzo, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the Center for Psychedelic Research and Therapy at Dell Medical School. Fonzo’s research focuses broadly on understanding mechanisms of affective disorder psychopathology and treatment and leveraging this understanding to improve clinical care and patient outcomes. Fonzo’s ultimate goal is to improve clinical care for individuals living with stress-related affective disorders by discovering how current treatments work, who is best suited to receive a particular treatment and why, and designing novel mechanism-focused interventions targeted to engage specific brain circuits of interest. His vision is for every individual to receive an effective, individually tailored, biologically informed evidence-based treatment.


Gaby Poler-Buzali

Gaby Poler-Buzali joined The University of Texas at Austin in May 2020 as director of development, principal gifts, for the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences at Dell Medical School.

She brings 14 years of successful development and nonprofit management experience, first as executive director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and then as executive director of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation in New York City. Prior to joining Texas Development, she served as senior director of development at Texas State University, where her primary accomplishments included raising more than $20 million in 6 1/2 years in both major and planned gifts. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Conservatory at Berklee and a master’s degree from Columbia University. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, she is thrilled to call Austin her new home alongside her husband, Aaron, and her two children.


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Topics Explored: 


7:54 - Exploring the potential benefits of psychedelics for veterans’ and their families’ mental health

14:09 - Major milestones for the Center for Psychedelic Research and Therapy at Dell Medical School

22:48 - How PTSD can impact the brain’s response to positive stimuli and create emotional numbing 

28:23 - Neuromodulation research to try to change brain function

  • The potentiality of combining neuromodulation and psychedelics 
  • Psychedelics as non-addictive substances

43:07 - The importance of integration after psychedelic use to sustain benefits

57:07 - The anti-inflammatory properties of psychedelics, and our gut-brain connection

1:05:07 - What sets the Center apart from other centers? 

  • Dedication to research around early life adversity 
  • Can we influence the way our genetic information is utilized by our bodies? 



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