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Barbara K. Lipska

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Barbara K. Lipska

Barbara K. Lipska, Ph.D. is director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she studies mental illness and human brain development. A native of Poland, she holds a Ph.D. in medical sciences from the Medical School of Warsaw, and is an internationally recognized leader in human postmortem research and animal modeling of schizophrenia. Before emigrating from Poland to the United States, Dr. Lipska was a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw. She has been at NIMH since 1989 and has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals. A marathon runner and a triathlete, she lives with her husband, Mirek Gorski, in Virginia.

Barbara K. Lipska

Books by Barbara K. Lipska

by Barbara K. Lipska with Elaine McArdle - Memoir, Nonfiction

In January 2015, Barbara Lipska --- a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness --- was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, she descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and co-workers. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity. In THE NEUROSCIENTIST WHO LOST HER MIND, Lipska describes her extraordinary ordeal and its lessons about the mind and brain.