June 14, 2017

Francisco Moreno, M.D.

Francisco Moreno, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Interim Department Head

University of Arizona


Dr. Moreno is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is currently serving as the Interim Department Head. He has been conducting research in biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, geared to improve our understanding of the brain basis for mental illness and the underlying mechanism of action of antidepressants / antianxiety drugs, and treatment resistance. He is originally from Mexico where he obtained his MD at the University of Baja California, then completed his psychiatry residency and research training in Neuropsychopharmacology at The University of Arizona Health Sciences.

Dr. Moreno through his research collaborations utilizes various research methodologies such as molecular, biochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral correlates of depression. His work is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Private Foundations, and Collaborations with Industry. He has supervised and mentored a number of interdisciplinary students, psychiatry residents, research fellows and junior faculty. His clinical interest and expertise include treatment resistant mood and anxiety disorders, and serves often as a psychopharmacology consultant to government institutions, health insurances, and pharmaceutical/device industry.

Research Areas: Biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders

Title of Grant Funded:
Association of Monoamine System Genes and Depression


Current Research Update: Dr. Moreno is presently working on addressing treatment of OCD.

How IMHR Has Helped Facilitate This Work: IMHR “supported efforts to advance our understanding of treatment resistance through genetic studies of individuals with different responses to treatment.”