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Brielle Paolini, MD PhD

Matriculated: 2010

Graduate Program: Neuroscience


Cape Henry Collegiate School '06
College of William and Mary '10

Ph.D. (Neuroscience), 2015, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC

M.D., 2017, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Radiology-Diagnostic, Medical University of SC, Charleston, SC

The complex brain networks associated with mindfulness, resting sinus arrhythmia (RSA), lifestyle interventions, and the hedonic/homeostatic drives to eat.
Mentors: Paul Laurienti, MD/PhD; Jack Rejeski, PhD

- Neuroscience Research Day Poster Presentation 12/2012
*It was awarded first place in Transitional Science
- Medical Student Research Day Poster Presentation 10/12/2011
- Summer Research Opportunities Program Poster Presentation 08/2009
*It was awarded the Translational Science Award (mentioned below).

Paolini, B.M., Burdette, J.H., Laurienti, P.J., Morgan, A.R., Williamson, D.A., Rejeski, W.J., “Coping with Brief Periods of Food Restriction: Mindfulness Matters,” Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2012; 4; 13.

Paolini, B.M., Danelson, K.A., Geer, C.P., Stitzel, J.D., "Pediatric Head Injury Prediction: Investigating the Distance Between the Skull and the Brain Using Medical Imaging," Biomedical Sciences and Instrumentation, 2009; 45; 161-6.*
*won Runner-up at the Student Presentation Awards

Stanley, M.L., Moussa, M.N., Paolini, B.M., Lyday R.G., Burdette J.H., Laurienti P.J., “Defining Nodes in Complex Brain Networks,” Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2013; 7:169.

Bullins, J., Laurienti, P.J., Morgan A.R., Norris J., Paolini B.M., Rejeski W.J., “Drive for Consumption, Craving, and Connectivity in the Visual Cortex during the Imagery of Desired Food,” Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2013; 5: 77.

Marsh, A.P., Janssen J.A., Ambrosius, W.T., Burdette, J.H., Gaukstern, J.E., Morgan A.R., Nesbit B.A., Paolini B.M., Sheedy J.L., Rejeski W.J., “The Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program- II (CLIP-II): Design and Methods,” Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2013; 36:2.

Honors and Awards:
1st Place in Translational Science at the Wake Forest Medical Student Poster Presentation Research Day 2011

1st Place in Art & Photography for the Drawing ‘In God’s Image’ 2011
Featured in the University of South Florida College of Medicine’s 2011 National Literary Journal, The Legible Script

Integrative Medicine Micro-Grant Awarded for Educational Development through the American Medical Student Association 2011

Goldwater Scholar '09

Summa Cum Laude, College of William and Mary '10

Cornell Award- Top pre-medical student at the College of William and Mary '10

Robert Usry Award- Highest GPA among all athletes at William and Mary '10

Recognition of academic excellence by ESPN the magazine '10

National Golf Coaches Academic All-American '10

Wake Forest University School of Medicine MD/PhD fellowship '10-'17

Professional Society Memberships:
Phi Beta Kappa '10

Interests & Hobbies:
golf, painting, digital photography, running, cooking, medical nutrition, reading, prevention medicine, hiking, yoga (instructor), Pilates, meditation, and green tea

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