Kyung-Heup Ahn, MD

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry

Research Departments & Organizations


Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Affective Disorders, Psychotic; Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

Research Summary

The main area of research interest has been investigating neurochemical underpinning of schizophrenia. More specifically, investigating effects and interactions of various psychoactive chemicals inducing clinical characteristics of schizophrenia or inducing vulnerability to psychosis in human subjects. In this context, I have involved in several challenge studies using ketamine, iomezanil, and amphetamine during my residency training at Seoul National University and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA-Yale schizophrenia research program. I also have some expertise in neuro-imaging studies from experience as a research fellow at Brain Imaging Center at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Currently, I am conducting study, as a PI, investigating interactive effects of GABA and Dopamine system in schizophrenia.

Clinical Trials

Conditions Study Title
Diseases of the Nervous System, Mental Health & Behavioral Research A Study to Evaluate Efficacy, Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of 3 Dose Levels of TAK-831 in Adjunctive Treatment of Adult Participants With Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Mental Health & Behavioral Research A Four-week Clinical Trial Investigating Efficacy and Safety of Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Acutely Ill Schizophrenic Patients
Mental Health & Behavioral Research Translational Neuroscience Optimization of GlyT1 Inhibitor (NCATS)

Selected Publications

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