Research and Interests
As a Clinician-Scientist, I have a strong interest in conducting translational research that bridges our understanding on the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders with the clinical applications of this knowledge. I am particularly interested in applying this strategy to severe mental disorders such as refractory schizophrenia and treatment refractory depression. My clinical practice is actively focused in those most severely afflicted by such conditions, and my research interests are directed at finding novel therapeutic interventions within Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies (NINETs) that can help mitigate the suffering of those with severe and refractory forms of psychosis and depression. I strongly believe that understanding at a mechanistic level how NINETs work is a critical step towards translating this knowledge to clinical practice. More important, translating that knowledge to clinical practice will have a direct, immediate, and positive impact for those who struggle and suffer the most devastating forms of mental disorders.
Program Page: Schizophrenia
Vila-Rodriguez F, McGirr, Tham, J, Hadjipavlou G, Honey C. Electroconvulsive therapy in patients with deep brain stimulators. (In press).
Vila-Rodriguez F, Downar JH, Blumberger DM. Repetitive Transcranial Magn¬¬¬etic Stimulation In Depression: A Changing Landscape. Psychiatric Times, June 19th, 2013 at http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/depression/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-depression-changing-landscape.
Vila-Rodriguez F, Panenka, W, Lang DJ, Thornton AE, Vertinsky T, Wong H, Barr AM, Procyshyn RP, Sidhu JJ, Smith GN, Buchanan T, Krajden M, Krausz M, Montaner JS, MacEwan GW, and Honer WG. The Hotel study: multimorbid drug dependence, neuropsychiatric illness, HIV and HCV infection in a community sample living in marginal housing. (In Press, Am J Psychiatry).
Vila-Rodriguez F, Tsang P, Barr A. Chronic benign neutropenia/agranulocytosis associated to non-clozapine neuroleptics (In Press, Am J Psychiatry).
Vila-Rodriguez F, Tham J. The relevance of EEG artifact identification: a case of ‘delta-wave blinking’ due to tardive disknesia. J ECT. 2013 Mar;29(1):13-4.
Pomarol- Clotet E, Salvador R, Sarró S, Gomar J, Ortiz-Gil J, Vila F, Capdevila A, Bullmore E, McKenna PJ. Medial prefrontal cortex pathology in schizophrenia as revealed by convergent findings from multimodal imaging, Mol Psychiatry. 2010 Aug;15(8):823-30.