Simon Kung, M.D., works in the Mayo Clinic Depression Center. His research centers around treatment-resistant depression and quality of life in cancer patients and caregivers. He is also interested in computer applications to the clinical practice of psychiatry.
- Pharmacogenetic testing (such as cytochrome P450 2D6 and 2C19, serotonin transporter gene)
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Psychotherapy techniques (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
- Quality of life in cancer patients and caregivers
Significance to patient care
Depression can be difficult to treat, resulting in great disability to patients and their families. The goal of Dr. Kung and his colleagues is to translate clinical research into clinical care to improve patients' lives.