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profileGaelle Desbordes, Ph.D.

TitleInstructor in Radiology
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Room 2301
149 13th Street
Charlestown MA 02129
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2001 - 2004Arts and Sciences Dean's Fellowship, Boston University
2010 - 2013Francisco J. Varela Research Award, Mind and Life Institute
2012Poster Prize at the Int'l Research Congress for Integrative Medicine
2012CompNet Travel Award, Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, Boston University
2013 - 2014Martinos Center Neuroimaging Pilot Funding Initiative, Mass. General Hospital
2014Poster Award at the Integrative Medicine Forum at Harvard Medical School
2014Travel Award, International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH)
2014 - 2019NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development (K01) Award
2016 - 2016Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program Enrichment Award
2016 - 2017Harvard Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative Faculty Award
2016 - 2017Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Pilot Research Grant
2016Research Affiliate, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
2017Mind and Life Fellow, Mind and Life Institute

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Pilot Research Grant     (DESBORDES, GAELLE)Oct 1, 2016 - Sep 30, 2017
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Neural and physiological effects of self-compassion on chronic pain
Role: PI

Harvard MBB Faculty Award     (DESBORDES, GAELLE)Sep 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2017
Harvard Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative
Neural and physiological effects of self-compassion on chronic pain
Role: PI

Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Progr     (DESBORDES, GAELLE)Jan 1, 2016 - Apr 30, 2016
Harvard Catalyst
Making a mindfulness intervention available to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking minorities towards reducing health disparities
Role: PI

UH2AT009145     (LOUCKS, ERIC)Sep 15, 2015 - Aug 31, 2020
Mindfulness Influences on Self-Regulation: Mental and Physical Health Implications
Role: Co-Investigator

K01AT008225     (DESBORDES, GAELLE)Jun 1, 2014 - May 31, 2019
MBCT effects on brain mechanisms of interoceptive awareness and rumination in MDD
Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Desbordes G. PsycCRITIQUES. Inserting meditation practices into psychotherapy: Yes, but... [review of the book Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatments, by Annellen M. Simpkins and C. Alexander Simpkins]. 2017; 12(62).
  2. Sclocco R, Beissner F, Desbordes G, Polimeni JR, Wald LL, Kettner NW, Kim J, Garcia RG, Renvall V, Bianchi AM, Cerutti S, Napadow V, Barbieri R. Neuroimaging brainstem circuitry supporting cardiovagal response to pain: a combined heart rate variability/ultrahigh-field (7 T) functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2016 May 13; 374(2067). PMID: 27044996; PMCID: PMC4822448 [Available on 05/13/17].
  3. Desbordes G. PsycCRITIQUES. On the relationship between mindfulness and Buddhism (hint: It's complicated) [review of the book Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness, by Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon, and Nirbhay Singh]. 2016; 23(61).
  4. Loucks EB, Schuman-Olivier Z, Britton WB, Fresco DM, Desbordes G, Brewer JA, Fulwiler C. Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: State of the Evidence, Plausible Mechanisms, and Theoretical Framework. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2015 Dec; 17(12):112. PMID: 26482755; PMCID: PMC4928628 [Available on 12/01/16].
  5. Napadow V, Li A, Loggia ML, Kim J, Mawla I, Desbordes G, Schalock PC, Lerner EA, Tran TN, Ring J, Rosen BR, Kaptchuk TJ, Pfab F. The imagined itch: brain circuitry supporting nocebo-induced itch in atopic dermatitis patients. Allergy. 2015 Nov; 70(11):1485-92. PMID: 26280659; PMCID: PMC4609272 [Available on 11/01/16].
  6. Desbordes G. In: Boison D and Masino SA, editors. Homeostatic Control of Brain Function. New York: Oxford University Press. Part III, Chapter 8: Meditation. 2015; 353-370.
  7. Desbordes G, Li A, Loggia ML, Kim J, Schalock PC, Lerner E, Tran TN, Ring J, Rosen BR, Kaptchuk TJ, Pfab F, Napadow V. Evoked itch perception is associated with changes in functional brain connectivity. Neuroimage Clin. 2015; 7:213-21. PMID: 25610783; PMCID: PMC4300003.
  8. Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL. Effects of eight-week meditation training on hippocampal volume: a comparison of mindful attention training and cognitively-based compassion training. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):A24. PMID: 24805550.
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  9. Desbordes G, Gard T, Hoge EA, Hölzel BK, Kerr C, Lazar SW, Olendzki A, Vago DR. Moving beyond Mindfulness: Defining Equanimity as an Outcome Measure in Meditation and Contemplative Research. Mindfulness (N Y). 2014 Jan 21; 2014(January). PMID: 25750687.
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  10. Desbordes G & Miller WB. Neuropsychology meets Dzogchen: A review of the current science of meditation from a Buddhist perspective [review of the book Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness: A Guide to Buddhist Mind Training and the Neuroscience of Meditation, by D. Dorjee]. PsycCRITIQUES. 2014; 42(59).
  11. Desbordes G, Negi LT. A new era for mind studies: training investigators in both scientific and contemplative methods of inquiry. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7:741. PMID: 24204340; PMCID: PMC3817371.
  12. Condon P, Desbordes G, Miller WB, DeSteno D. Meditation increases compassionate responses to suffering. Psychol Sci. 2013 Oct; 24(10):2125-7. PMID: 23965376.
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  13. Garrison KA, Scheinost D, Worhunsky PD, Elwafi HM, Thornhill TA, Thompson E, Saron C, Desbordes G, Kober H, Hampson M, Gray JR, Constable RT, Papademetris X, Brewer JA. Real-time fMRI links subjective experience with brain activity during focused attention. Neuroimage. 2013 Nov 01; 81:110-8. PMID: 23684866; PMCID: PMC3729617.
  14. Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL. Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Front Hum Neurosci. 2012; 6:292. PMID: 23125828; PMCID: PMC3485650.
  15. Stanley GB, Jin J, Wang Y, Desbordes G, Wang Q, Black MJ, Alonso JM. Visual orientation and directional selectivity through thalamic synchrony. J Neurosci. 2012 Jun 27; 32(26):9073-88. PMID: 22745507; PMCID: PMC3444154.
  16. Desbordes G, Jin J, Alonso JM, Stanley GB. Modulation of temporal precision in thalamic population responses to natural visual stimuli. Front Syst Neurosci. 2010; 4:151. PMID: 21151356; PMCID: PMC2992450.
  17. Butts DA, Desbordes G, Weng C, Jin J, Alonso JM, Stanley GB. The episodic nature of spike trains in the early visual pathway. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Dec; 104(6):3371-87. PMID: 20926615; PMCID: PMC3007659.
  18. Boloori AR, Jenks RA, Desbordes G, Stanley GB. Encoding and decoding cortical representations of tactile features in the vibrissa system. J Neurosci. 2010 Jul 28; 30(30):9990-10005. PMID: 20668184; PMCID: PMC2957657.
  19. Desbordes G, Jin J, Weng C, Lesica NA, Stanley GB, Alonso JM. Timing precision in population coding of natural scenes in the early visual system. PLoS Biol. 2008 Dec 16; 6(12):e324. PMID: 19090624.
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  20. Desbordes G, Rucci M. A model of the dynamics of retinal activity during natural visual fixation. Vis Neurosci. 2007 Mar-Apr; 24(2):217-30. PMID: 17640413.
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  21. Rucci M, Desbordes G. Contributions of fixational eye movements to the discrimination of briefly presented stimuli. J Vis. 2003 Dec 19; 3(11):852-64. PMID: 14765967.
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  22. B. Moulin, H. Irandoust, M. Bélanger, G. Desbordes. Artificial Intelligence Review. Explanation and argumentation capabilities: Towards the creation of more persuasive agents. 2002; 3(17):169-222.
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