The Winner of the EFPT Porto Research Award 2019

Adrian Chrobak

Adrian Chrobak is the 2nd year psychiatric trainee, PhD student at the Department of Adult Psychiatry, Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum and Master of Science in Neuroscience. He authored 32 publications in the field of motor functions deficits in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder patients, chronobiology and the cerebellum in reputable scientific journals such as Molecular Neurobiology, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry or Journal of Affective Disorders.

Currently, Adrian Chrobak is conducting two research grants devoted to neuroimaging of motor deficits in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Combining various MRI techniques (sMRI, fMRI, rsfMRI, DTI), he is evaluating structural and functional neurocorrelates of novel eye movement disorder he discovered in group of schizophrenia patients – the convergence insufficiency with unilateral exophoria at near. The second neuroimaging project is devoted to evaluating implicit motor learning impairments in bipolar disorder and schizophrernia patients, especially focusing on the neural correlates of reversed learning features, the newly discovered impairments for the first time described in his previous studies.

How to prepare the application for the EFPT Porto Research Award? Adrian Chrobak gives the following advice: “In my motivation letter I have decided to tell a short story. I have briefly summarised how did I start my adventure with psychiatric research, from bedside neurological examination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder patients to neuroimaging projects. I have finished the letter indicating how my story may motivate others to start their own research.”