Our March 21, 2024 webinar was "Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound - Experiences from first-in-human use for depression and anxiety" featuring Noah S. Philip, M.D.

This session was moderated by Professor Lennart Verhagen, Ph.D.

About the Professors

Noah S. Philip M.D., DFAPA
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Director, Psychiatric Neuromodulation
Lead, Mental Health Research, Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology
VA Providence Healthcare System, Providence RI USA

Noah S. Philip MD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is the founding Section Chief of Psychiatric Neuromodulation at VA Providence, and is Lead for Mental Health Research at the VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology. Dr. Philip received his BSc from McGill University and his MD from Albany Medical College where he graduated AOA and with a Distinction in the Study of Biomedical Ethics. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Brown University, followed by T32 and Neuromodulation Fellowships at Brown.

Dr. Philip’s laboratory uses a precision approach to new and emerging technologies, with the goal to understand and treat posttraumatic stress disorder, major depression, and suicidality. His research has been featured in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (tDCS+Virtual Reality for PTSD). He is currently conducting an NIMH-funded cooperative study to perform a first-in-human study investigating MRI-guided low intensity focused ultrasound for depression and anxiety (U01 MH123427).

Dr. Philip has received awards and recognition from the American Psychiatric Association, Society for Biological Psychiatry, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and others. He has been funded through grants from the VA (Rehabilitation, Clinical Science, and Health Services R&D), NIMH, NIDA, Department of Defense, and through industry and small-business collaborations. He is active in several national organizations, including SOBP and ACNP, and is the past President of the Psychiatric Research Society.

Dr. Philip plays a significant training and mentoring role at Brown, where he is Associate Director of the NIMH R25 psychiatry resident research training program, and serves as a mentor through national organizations such as the Career Development Institute for Psychiatry. He is committed to action to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


Lennart Verhagen, PhD

PI Cognitive Neuromodulation
Director Radboud FUS Initiative
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour
Radboud University
The Netherlands

Lennart Verhagen is a Principal Investigator of Cognitive Neuromodulation at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He chairs the International expert group on Transcranial Ultrasonic Stimulation Safety and Standards (ITRUSST) and is Director of the Radboud Focused Ultrasound Initiative. As an integrative neuroscientist, Verhagen studies the brain and cognition across scales and domains, aiming for a causal understanding and effective intervention. Previously, as a research fellow at Oxford, Verhagen has shown how deep brain regions can be modulated with non-invasive focused ultrasound, inducing early-phase plastic changes. Now at the Donders Institute, the Verhagen lab is advancing ultrasonic neuromodulation tools for both basic research and clinical application.