Javier Contreras

University of Costa RicaCosta Rica

I was born in the country side of Costa Rica and moved to our Capital (San Jose) where I studied medicine. I completed my medical residency on Psychiatry in the University of Costa Rica and a four years postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatric Genetic Research in the University of Texas at San Antonio, Tx, USA. Currently, I work in private practice and Psychiatric Genetic Research in the University of Costa Rica at San Jose. I have been awarded with local funds for research on psychosis, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. I also received a NIMH grant (GRIP) to study Anxiety as endophenotype in Bipolar Disorder in the isolated population of Costa Rica. I am the president of the Bipolar Disorder Costa Rican Foundation and the General Secretary of the Central American Psychiatric Association.

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