J. Douglas Bremner MD

Contact Information:

Phone: 404-712-9569

Email: doug.bremner@emory.edu

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  • Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Radiology

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Degrees Held:

  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1987

Biography/Description of Research:

J. Douglas Bremner, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Staff Psychiatrist at the Atlanta VAMC in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Bremner moved to Emory from Yale in November of 2000 where he spent the first 12 years of his career.

Dr. Bremner’s research has used neuroimaging and neurobiology measures to study the neural correlates and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to combat and childhood abuse, as well as the related area of depression. His more recent work is expanding to look at the relationship between brain, behavior, and physical health including studies of heart disease and the brain. Dr. Bremner has worked continuously throughout his career as a physician scientist, with the support of funding from two successive VA Career Development Awards, VA Merit Review, NIH, DOD, and various private sources. His research included studies of the neurobiology and assessment of PTSD, hippocampus and memory in PTSD and depression, neural correlates of declarative memory and traumatic remembrance in PTSD, PET measurement of neuroreceptor binding in mood and anxiety disorders, neural correlates of myocardial ischemia, and the effects of treatments on the brain including psychotropic medication, mindfulness training, and Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS).

Following obtaining a bachelors degree in literature, Dr. Bremner attended medical school at Duke University where he graduated in 1987, followed by residency in Psychiatry (1991) and Nuclear Medicine (1997) at Yale School of Medicine, leading to a double board certification. Dr Bremner was a VA Biological Psychiatry Fellow at the West Haven VA and Yale from 1990-1993, Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology from 1993 to 2000, Director of the Yale Trauma Research Program and Associate Director of the Yale PET Center, before moving to Emory in 2000. He was Director of the Emory Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center 2000-2006 and the NIH T32 funded Training Program in Neuroimaging Sciences 2002-2010.

Dr. Bremner has authored or co-authored over 400 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and written or edited nine books, including Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May be Bad for Your Health, Risks and Side Effects You Won't Find on the Labels of Commonly Prescribed Drugs, Vitamins and Supplements, published by Penguin/Avery in 2008, Does Stress Damage the Brain? Understanding Trauma-Related Disorders from a Mind-Body Perspective published by W.W. Norton & Co. (2002), You Can’t Just Snap Out of It: The True Path to Recovery from Psychological Trauma (2014), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Neurobiology to Treatment (Wiley, 2016, Edited), and Justice in the Age of Judgment: From Amanda Knox to Kyle Rittenhouse and the Battle for Due Process in the Digital Age (Skyhorse, 2022). He is on the editorial boards of several journals and has received several awards for his work, including the Chaim Danieli Award for Research and Service in Traumatic Stress from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Millipub Award for highly cited publications from Emory University (2016, 2018, 2020). His personal website is at dougbremner.com.

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High-resolution computational modeling of the current flow in the outer ear during transcutaneous auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS)

by Erica Kreisberg; Zeinab Esmaeilpour; Devin Adair; Niranjan Khadka; Abhishek Datta; Bashar W Badran; Douglas J Bremner; Marom Bikson



Transcutaneous cervical vagus nerve stimulation reduces behavioral and physiological manifestations of withdrawal in patients with opioid use disorder: A double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled pilot study

by Asim H Gazi; Anna Harrison; Tamara P Lambert; Malik Obideen; Parvaneh Alavi; Nancy Murrah; Lucy Shallenberger; Emily G Driggers; Rebeca A Ortega; Briannna P Washington; Kevin M Walton; Justine Welsh; Viola Vaccarino; Amit Shah; Yilang Tang; Rahul Gupta; Sudie E Back; Omer T Inan; James Bremner



A Pilot Study of Neurobiological Mechanisms of Stress and Cardiovascular Risk.

by Arshed Quyyumi; Laura Vaccarino; Amit Shah; Charles Cooke; Jonathon Nye; James Bremner; Ernesto Garcia; Valeria Moncayo; Marina Piccinelli; Carlo De Cecco, MD/PhD; Robert Krafty; Marly van Assen; L Elon; BP Washington; RA Ortega; SR Desai; AK Okoh; B Cheung; BO Soyebo; LH Shallenberger; P Raggi; O Daaboul; MN Jajeh; C Ziegler; EG Driggers; N Murrah; CN De Cecco



Association Between Early Trauma and Ideal Cardiovascular Health Among Black Americans Results From the Morehouse-Emory Cardiovascular (MECA) Center for Health Equity

by Shabatun J Islam; Jeong H Kim; Emma Joseph; Matthew Topel; Peter Baltrus; Chang Liu; Yi-An Ko; Zakaria Almuwaqqat; Mahasin S Mujahid; Mario Sims; Mohamed Mubasher; Kiran Ejaz; Charles Searles; Sandra Dunbar; Priscilla Pemu; Herman Taylor; James Bremner; Viola Vaccarino; Arshed Quyyumi; Tene Lewis



Association of Autonomic Activation with traumatic reminder challenges in posttraumatic stress disorder: A co-twin control study

by Laura Vaccarino; Amit Shah; James Bremner; Gari Clifford; Yi-An Ko; Giulia Da Poian; EAP Alday; O Levantsevych; N Murrah; L Shallenberger; M Alkhalaf; A Haffar; B Kaseer; J Goldberg; N Smith; R Lampert