NIACAL Bios

Director:

Lei Wang, PhD
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Phone: 312-503-3983
Email:

Address:
Abbott Hall, Suite 1322
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
B.S. Electrical Engineering with Honors: University of Maryland at College Park, 1990
M.S. Engineering Sciences: Harvard University, 1992
Ph.D. Engineering Sciences: Harvard University, 1995
Curriculum Vitae

Interests:
My research focuses on developing neuroimaging markers for neuropsychiatric diseases including schizophrenia and Alzheimer disease and related dementias. I apply tools of mathematics, engineering and computer science to the analysis of in vivo and ex vivo structural and functional MRI neuroimaging datasets. Recently, I've explored the use of nanotechnology for imaging neuronal activity using in vivo animal imaging. I also enjoy running, cycling, and hiking with my wife and daughters.

News:

  • New Publication: Mamah, D., Alpert, K.I., Barch, D.M., Csernansky, J.G., Wang, L.. Subcortical neuromorphometry in schizophrenia spectrum and bipolar disorders. Neuroimage Clin 2016; 11:276-286
  • New Publication: Cobia, D.J., Smith, M.J., Salinas, I., Ng, C., Gado, M., Csernansky, J.G., Wang, L.. Progressive deterioration of thalamic nuclei relates to cortical network decline in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res 2016; Sep
  • New Publication: C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles; Kathryn I. Alpert; Paige L. Williams; Kathleen Malee; Yanling Huo; John G. Csernansky; Ram Yogev; Russell B. Van Dyke; Elizabeth R. Sowell; Lei Wang; for the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). Deformed subcortical structures are related to past HIV disease severity in youth with perinatally acquired HIV infection. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 2016; 5:S6-S14
  • Mar 9, 2016, Commentary on "EXERCISE BOOSTS BRAIN ACTIVITY": Maddock RJ, Casazza GA, Fernandez DH, Maddock MI. Acute Modulation of Cortical Glutamate and GABA Content by Physical Activity. J Neurosci. 2016 Feb 24;36(8):2449-57.
  • New publication: Schroeder, M.P., Weiss, C., Procissi, D., Wang, L., Disterhoft, J.F., 2016. Activity-induced manganese-dependent MRI (AIM-MRI) and functional MRI in awake rabbits during somatosensory stimulation. Neuroimage 126, 72-80.
  • New publication: Schroeder, M.P., Weiss, C., Procissi, D., Disterhoft, J.F., Wang, L., 2016. Intrinsic connectivity of neural networks in the awake rabbit. Neuroimage 129, 260-267.
  • Oct 22, 2015, Research reported by Oncology Nurse Advisor: Under-Recruitment of Brain Regions May be Linked With Postchemotherapy Cognitive Impairment
  • Nov 10 2015, SchizConnect reported by Medical Xpress: Database translates schizophrenia research into one 'language'
  • Nov 11 2015, SchizConnect reported by Medical News Today (United Kingdom): Database translates schizophrenia research into one 'language'
  • New Publication: Schroeder, M.P., Weiss, C., Procissi, D., Disterhoft, J.F., Wang, L., 2015 (accepted). Intrinsic Connectivity of Neural Networks in the Awake Rabbit. Neuroimage.
  • Jan 14, 2016: SchizConnect spotlighted by Schizophrenia Research Forum: SchizConnect Integrates Neuroimaging Data
  • New Publication: Kogan A, Alpert K, Ambite JL, Marcus DS, Wang L. Northwestern University schizophrenia data sharing for SchizConnect: A longitudinal dataset for large-scale integration. NeuroImage 2016; 124:1196-1201
  • New Publication: Alpert K, Kogan A, Parrish T, Marcus D, Wang L.. The Northwestern University Neuroimaging Data Archive (NUNDA). NeuroImage 2016; 124:1131-1136
  • New Publication: Wang, L., Alpert, K.I., Calhoun, V.D., Cobia, D.J., Keator, D.B., King, M.D., Kogan, A., Landis, D., Tallis, M., Turner, M.D., Potkin, S.G., Turner, J.A., Ambite, J.L.. 2015. SchizConnect: Mediating neuroimaging databases on schizophrenia and related disorders for large-scale integration. Neuroimage 2016; 124:1155-1167
  • New publication: Johnson, S. L., Wang, L., Alpert, K. I., Greenstein, D., Clasen, L., Lalonde, F., Miller, R., Rapoport, J., and Gogtay, N., 2013, Hippocampal shape abnormalities of patients with childhood-onset schizophrenia and their unaffected siblings: J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, v. 52, p. 527-536 e2.

Projects:

  • SchizConnect: Large-Scale Schizophrenia Neuroimaging Data Mediation & Federation (PI: Lei Wang (Contact, NU), Jose Luis Ambite (USC), Steven Potkin (UCI), Jessica Turner (MRN), David Keator (UCI)): Large-scale data sharing and integration is needed to further the state-of-the-art schizophrenia research, but is presently not possible due to practical limitations in the way in which data are being shared. SchizConnect is a data mediation and integration resource to overcome these limitations in a low-cost manner and deliver a web portal to interact with the federated databases. Access SchizConnect at http://schizconnect.org.
  • Northwestern University Schizophrenia Data and Software Tool (NUSDAST) (PI: Wang): To make structural magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data, genotyping data, and neurocognitive data as well as analysis tools available to the schizophrenic research community. Please note that this dataset is also accessible through the SchizConnect project at: http://schizconnect.org. Here, you will be able to get additional schizophrenia neuroimaging data from FBIRN and COINS.

Grants:

  • NSF: SP0037646 National Science Foundation (PI: Pestilli, MPI: Wang, Saykin, Sporns) - BD Spokes: SPOKE: MIDWEST: Collaborative: Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN) (09/01/2016 - 08/31/2019). Associated project: BD Spokes: SPOKE MIDWEST Collaborative: Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN)
  • NIBIB: 1R01EB020062-01A1 NIBIB (Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Subcortical Shape Diffeomorphometry Software) (PI: Miller, MPI: Paulsen, Mostfosky, Wang) - Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Subcortical Shape Diffeomorphometry Software (09/01/2015 - 08/31/2019). Associated project: Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Subcortical Shape Diffeomorphometry Software
  • NICHD: R01 HL122328 NHLBI/NICHD (Childhood Origins of CHD Disparities: Neural & Immune Pathways) (PI: Wang, Miller) - Childhood Origins of CHD Disparities: Neural & Immune Pathways (11/01/2014 - 08/31/2019). Associated project: Childhood Origins of CHD Disparities: Neural & Immune Pathways
  • James S. McDonnell Foundation: “The ENDURES Study: Environmental Dynamics Underlying Responsive Extreme Survivors of Glioblastoma” (PI: Kristin Swanson, PhD; Collaborating-PI: Lei Wang) - Tumor biologists and clinical oncologists are searching for new ways of developing and testing treatment approaches that consider cancer in the context of its environment. Borrowing concepts from ecosystems science and mathematical biology, researchers are investigating the dynamic and adaptive changes that make tumors less susceptible or resistant to mainline therapies and more invasive and aggressive upon recurrence. The collaborative activity proposal submitted by Swanson and collaborators will study extreme long-term survivors of Glioblastoma Multiforma (GBM) to characterize treatment responses and the causes of disease progression. An expanded use of imagederived cancer dynamics could reveal environmental contributions to long-term survival. Extreme long-term survivors are typically patients surviving five years or more beyond initial diagnosis and treatment. The team will also collect data on the GBM microenvironment, interactions between the tumor and the rest of the body and the role of other environmental influences. As stated in the proposal “…current approaches are akin to trying to understand the germination of a seed by looking at its genetic profile but ignoring the impact of the surrounding environment.” (09/01/2014 - 08/31/2017). Associated project: The ENDURES Study: Environmental Dynamics Underlying Responsive Extreme Survivors of Glioblastoma
  • 1U01 MH097435: SchizConnect: Large-Scale Schizophrenia Neuroimaging Data Mediation & Federation (PI: Lei Wang (Contact, NU), Jose Luis Ambite (USC), Steven Potkin (UCI), Jessica Turner (MRN)) - We propose a data mediation and integration resource to overcome limitations in large-scale data sharing and integration in state-of-the-art schizophrenia research in a low-cost manner and deliver a web portal to interact with the federated databases. (03/19/2013 - 01/31/2017). Associated project: SchizConnect: Large-Scale Schizophrenia Neuroimaging Data Mediation & Federation
  • 1R01 NR014182: HippoPCI Hippocampal Predictors of Cognitive Impairment in Breast Cancer Patients (PI: Wang) - Post-surgery adjuvant therapy produces changes in cognitive function in up 10-70% of women with breast cancer. To date, no investigation has assessed the neural correlates of adjuvant hormonal therapy, nor have any studies determined how to identify individuals at risk for treatment-related cognitive impairment. We propose to use longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify predictors and mechanisms of cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients receiving hormonal treatment. (09/26/2012 - 06/30/2017). Associated project: HippoPCI: Hippocampal Predictors of Cognitive Impairment in Breast Cancer Patients

Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) Graduate Students:

C. Paula De Los Angeles (C. Paula Lewis De Los Angeles)
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Phone: 312-503-4923
Email:

Address:
Abbott Hall, Suite 1318
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
Stanford University, Class of 2010: BS in Biology; BA in Psychology
Harvard University, Class of 2011: EdM in Mind, Brain, and Education
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Class of 2019: MSTP MD/PhD Student

Interests:
Full name: Christine Paula Lewis-de los Angeles
MSTP MD/PhD student;
research interests: cognition, pediatric neurology, pediatric infectious diseases (HIV), developmental cognitive neuroscience, global health, brain plasticity

News:

  • New Publication: C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles; Kathryn I. Alpert; Paige L. Williams; Kathleen Malee; Yanling Huo; John G. Csernansky; Ram Yogev; Russell B. Van Dyke; Elizabeth R. Sowell; Lei Wang; for the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). Deformed subcortical structures are related to past HIV disease severity in youth with perinatally acquired HIV infection. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 2016; 5:S6-S14
  • New Grant: NICHD: NRSA F30: Cortical thickness, subcortical deformation, and structural covariance networks in youth with perinatally-acquired HIV: associations with HIV disease severity and cognition (PI: de los Angeles) - C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles was awarded an NRSA F30 Predoctoral Fellowship for MD/PhD students from the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The project focuses on characterizing brain morphology and networks in youth with perinatally-acquired HIV using neuroimaging. The fellowship will support research and clinical training. (09/23/2016 - 09/23/2018).
  • C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles won first place for Best G3 poster at the 2016 Annual Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Retreat Poster Session.: C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles won first place for best judged poster at the 2016 Annual Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Retreat Poster Session. Poster title: "Grey matter differences in youth with perinatally-acquired HIV: a cross-sectional neuroimaging study."
  • C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles was awarded a 2016 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Travel Award.: C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles was awarded a Trainee Travel Award for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the ACNP (Hollywood, Florida, December 4-8, 2016). This meeting brings together basic and clinical scientists in the field of psychiatric research and is an opportunity to see the latest advances in the field.
  • C. Paula de los Angeles was selected to participate in Neurohackweek 2016.: Neurohackweek is a 5-day hands-on workshop in neuroimaging and data science, held at the University of Washington eScience Institute (Seattle, WA, September 5-9, 2016). Morning sessions will be devoted to hands-on lectures (data visualization, data science, open data sets, image processing, machine learning, and reproducible pipelines) and afternoon sessions will be devoted to hackathons and breakout sessions.
  • C. Paula de los Angeles was appointed a Dr. John N. Nicholson Fellow at Northwestern Univeristy for the 2016-2017 academic year.: The Dr. John N. Nicholson Fellowship provides financial support for outstanding Northwestern graduate students enrolled in PhD programs in the sciences, engineering, and management.
  • C. Paula de los Angeles was awarded funding to attend the 2016 fMRI Training Course at University of Michigan.: C Paula de los Angeles was accepted into the NIH-funded University of Michigan fMRI training course directed by John Jonides, PhD. The training program will span two weeks from August 8th-19th 2016 and include topics on MR physics, study design, fMR signal processing, and network analysis.

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Clinical Psychology at Feinberg School of Medicine Graduate Students:

Alexandra Apple
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Phone: 312-503-1982
Email:

Address:
Abbott Hall, Suite 1306
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
B.A. Psychology: University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Social Welfare: University of California, Berkeley

Interests:
I am a Northwestern University Clinical Psychology PhD student specializing in Neuropsychology in Dr. Wang’s lab. I am interested in using neuroimaging to explore memory, aging, and emotional processes, and am currently involved in a project looking at the structure and function of the hippocampus in ‘chemo brain.’

News:

  • New Grant: NCI: The role of the hippocampal-prefrontal network in cancer-related cognitive impairment; a multimodal cross sectional study (PI: Apple) - Alexandra Apple was awarded an NRSA F31 Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute. Her project investigates the role of the hippocampal-prefrontal network in cognitive impairment due to cancer and its treatments using structural and functional imaging data. (07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018).
  • Oct 22, 2015, Research reported by Oncology Nurse Advisor: Under-Recruitment of Brain Regions May be Linked With Postchemotherapy Cognitive Impairment

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Medical Student at Feinberg School of Medicine Graduate Students:

Ivy Huang
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Phone: 312-503-3981
Email:

Address:
Abbott Hall, Suite 1312
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology, University of California Berkeley, 2014
M.D. Candidate, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2018

Interests:
My interests include neuropsychiatric changes in patients with Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. Currently, I am working on a project on characterizing the default mode network in depressed rats by using rsfMRI to map resting state connectivity. The goal of this project is to analyze differences in default mode network connectivity by disease state (depressed vs. healthy control) and by ovarectomy state, in hopes of better understanding network changes that occur in depressed humans.


Veronika Hanko
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Phone: 312-503-3981
Email:

Address:
Abbott Hall, Suite 1312
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
B.A. Biological Sciences: University of Chicago, 2012
M.D. Candidate: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2017

Interests:
I am interested in exploring how structural MRI biomarkers can be used to predict underlying neuropathological disease states in subcortical structures.


Software Developer:

Kate Alpert
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Phone: 312-503-3981
Email:

Address:
Abbott Hall, Suite 1312
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
Dartmouth College, BA Government, 2008
Northwestern University, Post-Bacc Computer Science, 2010
Georgia Institute of Technology, MS Computer Science, In progress

Interests:
Brainmapping software and automated image processing; Data sharing and open source software; Being outside and in the mountains as often as possible.

News:

  • Nov 10 2015, SchizConnect reported by Medical Xpress: Database translates schizophrenia research into one 'language'
  • Nov 11 2015, SchizConnect reported by Medical News Today (United Kingdom): Database translates schizophrenia research into one 'language'
  • Jan 14, 2016: SchizConnect spotlighted by Schizophrenia Research Forum: SchizConnect Integrates Neuroimaging Data
  • New Publication: Kogan A, Alpert K, Ambite JL, Marcus DS, Wang L. Northwestern University schizophrenia data sharing for SchizConnect: A longitudinal dataset for large-scale integration. NeuroImage 2016; 124:1196-1201
  • New Publication: Alpert K, Kogan A, Parrish T, Marcus D, Wang L.. The Northwestern University Neuroimaging Data Archive (NUNDA). NeuroImage 2016; 124:1131-1136
  • New Publication: Wang, L., Alpert, K.I., Calhoun, V.D., Cobia, D.J., Keator, D.B., King, M.D., Kogan, A., Landis, D., Tallis, M., Turner, M.D., Potkin, S.G., Turner, J.A., Ambite, J.L.. 2015. SchizConnect: Mediating neuroimaging databases on schizophrenia and related disorders for large-scale integration. Neuroimage 2016; 124:1155-1167
  • New publication: Johnson, S. L., Wang, L., Alpert, K. I., Greenstein, D., Clasen, L., Lalonde, F., Miller, R., Rapoport, J., and Gogtay, N., 2013, Hippocampal shape abnormalities of patients with childhood-onset schizophrenia and their unaffected siblings: J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, v. 52, p. 527-536 e2.

Projects:

  • BD Spokes: SPOKE MIDWEST Collaborative: Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN) (PI: Lei Wang PhD and Franco Pestilli PhD (Indiana)): The SchizConnect technology is being leveraged to enable cross-center neuroimaging data and high-level accessibility, and provide an integrated virtual database with a well-defined consistent schema. The overall ACNN project is aimed at building broad consensus on the core requirements, infrastructure, and components needed to develop a new generation of sustainable interdisciplinary neuroscience big data research. Six major universities in the Midwest including Northwestern will coordinate activities across more than 25 other universities, industry partners, neuroscience research centers and hospitals.
  • Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Subcortical Shape Diffeomorphometry Software (PI: Lei Wang PhD and Michael Miller PhD (JHU)): Our lab’s role is to use SchizConnect to retrieve schizophrenia imaging data for pipeline processing; implement the subcortical software developed and hardened at JHU, with remote processing being carried out at MriCloud. The overall project extends and hardens powerful computational anatomy and computer science software to analyze large datasets from neuroimaging studies of neurodevelopmental and neurodegeneration disorders including Huntington’s Disease, Schizophrenia and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders.
  • SchizConnect: Large-Scale Schizophrenia Neuroimaging Data Mediation & Federation (PI: Lei Wang (Contact, NU), Jose Luis Ambite (USC), Steven Potkin (UCI), Jessica Turner (MRN), David Keator (UCI)): Large-scale data sharing and integration is needed to further the state-of-the-art schizophrenia research, but is presently not possible due to practical limitations in the way in which data are being shared. SchizConnect is a data mediation and integration resource to overcome these limitations in a low-cost manner and deliver a web portal to interact with the federated databases. Access SchizConnect at http://schizconnect.org.
  • Northwestern University Schizophrenia Data and Software Tool (NUSDAST) (PI: Wang): To make structural magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data, genotyping data, and neurocognitive data as well as analysis tools available to the schizophrenic research community. Please note that this dataset is also accessible through the SchizConnect project at: http://schizconnect.org. Here, you will be able to get additional schizophrenia neuroimaging data from FBIRN and COINS.
  • Northwestern University Neuroimaging Data Archive (NUNDA) (PI: Wang): To establish a data archive for the neuroimaging community at Northwestern University, which has the capacity to efficiently and securely store collected MR scans, and to later retrieve them in time-sensitive datasets.

Software Engineer:

Alex Kogan
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Phone: --
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Address:
Abbott Hall, Suite 1312
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
B.S. Computer Science, DePaul University, 1997
M.S. Medical Informatics, Northwestern University, 2012

Interests:
Clinical and medical research information transmission and storage, effective use of healthcare electronic standards. On rare occasions of leisure time, I like to do long-distance motorcycling, scuba diving, and bicycling.

News:

Projects:

  • SchizConnect: Large-Scale Schizophrenia Neuroimaging Data Mediation & Federation (PI: Lei Wang (Contact, NU), Jose Luis Ambite (USC), Steven Potkin (UCI), Jessica Turner (MRN), David Keator (UCI)): Large-scale data sharing and integration is needed to further the state-of-the-art schizophrenia research, but is presently not possible due to practical limitations in the way in which data are being shared. SchizConnect is a data mediation and integration resource to overcome these limitations in a low-cost manner and deliver a web portal to interact with the federated databases. Access SchizConnect at http://schizconnect.org.
  • Northwestern University Schizophrenia Data and Software Tool (NUSDAST) (PI: Wang): To make structural magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data, genotyping data, and neurocognitive data as well as analysis tools available to the schizophrenic research community. Please note that this dataset is also accessible through the SchizConnect project at: http://schizconnect.org. Here, you will be able to get additional schizophrenia neuroimaging data from FBIRN and COINS.
  • Northwestern University Neuroimaging Data Archive (NUNDA) (PI: Wang): To establish a data archive for the neuroimaging community at Northwestern University, which has the capacity to efficiently and securely store collected MR scans, and to later retrieve them in time-sensitive datasets.

Affiliated Member Bios

John G. Csernansky, MD
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Phone: 312-926-2323
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Address:
Onterie Building
446 East Ontario Street, Suite 7-100
Chicago, IL 60611

Education:
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine and the Palo Alto Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine and the Palo Alto Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Fellowship: Psychopharmacology - Palo Alto Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center under the mentorship of Leo Hollister, MD

Interests:
My research interests include in vivo neuroimaging of neuropsychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia and Alzheimer disease, clinical trials of cognition-enhancing drugs, and the development of valid animal models for neuropsychiatric disorders.

News:

  • New Publication: Mamah, D., Alpert, K.I., Barch, D.M., Csernansky, J.G., Wang, L.. Subcortical neuromorphometry in schizophrenia spectrum and bipolar disorders. Neuroimage Clin 2016; 11:276-286
  • New Publication: Cobia, D.J., Smith, M.J., Salinas, I., Ng, C., Gado, M., Csernansky, J.G., Wang, L.. Progressive deterioration of thalamic nuclei relates to cortical network decline in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res 2016; Sep

Projects:

  • SchizConnect: Large-Scale Schizophrenia Neuroimaging Data Mediation & Federation (PI: Lei Wang (Contact, NU), Jose Luis Ambite (USC), Steven Potkin (UCI), Jessica Turner (MRN), David Keator (UCI)): Large-scale data sharing and integration is needed to further the state-of-the-art schizophrenia research, but is presently not possible due to practical limitations in the way in which data are being shared. SchizConnect is a data mediation and integration resource to overcome these limitations in a low-cost manner and deliver a web portal to interact with the federated databases. Access SchizConnect at http://schizconnect.org.
  • Northwestern University Schizophrenia Data and Software Tool (NUSDAST) (PI: Wang): To make structural magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data, genotyping data, and neurocognitive data as well as analysis tools available to the schizophrenic research community. Please note that this dataset is also accessible through the SchizConnect project at: http://schizconnect.org. Here, you will be able to get additional schizophrenia neuroimaging data from FBIRN and COINS.

Grants:


Matthew Smith, PhD
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Phone: 312-695-8173
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Address:
Onterie Building
446 East Ontario Street, Suite 7-100
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Education:
M.S.W. Master of Social Work: University of Illinois-Urbana, 2000
Ph.D. Social Welfare: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
M.P.E. Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology: Washington University School of Medicine, 2008

Interests:
To study the neural substrates underlying functional disturbances in empathy within schizophrenia and other neurodegenerative disorders. To identify biomarkers that serve as indicators for pharmacologic and psychosocial treatment of impaired empathy within schizophrenia and other neurodegenerative disorders. To identify whether psychosocial stress contributes to the clinical progression of dementia.

News:

  • New Publication: Cobia, D.J., Smith, M.J., Salinas, I., Ng, C., Gado, M., Csernansky, J.G., Wang, L.. Progressive deterioration of thalamic nuclei relates to cortical network decline in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res 2016; Sep

Mehmet Dokucu, MD, PhD
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Phone: 312-695-8249
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Address:
Onterie Building
446 East Ontario Street, Suite 7-100
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Education:
Medical School: The University of Ege School of Medicine
Residency: Washington University in St Louis
Fellowship: Washington University in St Louis

Interests:
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Cancer Psychiatry, Well-Being and Positive Psychology, Somatoform Disorders, Sleep and Circadian Disorders.


Will Cronenwett, MD
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Phone: 312-926-1486
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Address:
Onterie Building
446 East Ontario Street, Suite 7-100
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Education:
B.A., Lake Forest College, 1991
M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, 2004
General Psychiatry Residency: Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine, 2008

Interests:
I use functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging to study the biological changes that underlie schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. At their core, these devastating disorders hit hardest at the very things that make us human: our unique experience of intelligence, reflective self-awareness, and cognition. I hope someday to bring the results of my research back into the clinical setting for the reliable diagnosis, early detection, and prevention of disease.


Alumni Bios

Adam Christensen
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Position at NIACAL: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow in clinical psychology. Beth Israel, Boston

Education:
B.A. Psychology and English: State University of New York at Buffalo, 2002
M.S. Neuro-Cognitive Psychology: Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich, Germany), 2008
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: Northwestern University


Anna Varentsova
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Position at NIACAL: Postdoctoral fellow
Current Position: Insurance industry

Education:
Ph.D. Physics: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 2015
Curriculum Vitae


Derin Cobia, PhD
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Position at NIACAL: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry Brigham Young University

Education:
B.S. Psychology: Brigham Young Univerity, 2003
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: St. Louis University, 2008
Internship Clinical Neuropsychology: West Virginia University School of Medicine, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2011


Jing Ming
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Position at NIACAL: Research Assistant
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Mind Research Network

Education:
B.S. Electrical Engineering: Zhejiang University (China)
M.S. Bioengineering: University of Illinois at Chicago
Ph.D. Bioengineering: University of Illinois at Chicago


Katherine Blizinsky
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Position at NIACAL: Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) Graduate Student
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Rush University

Education:
B.S. Neurobiology, University of Washington
Ph.D. Neuroscience, Northwestern University


Katherine Reiter
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Position at NIACAL: Research Assistant
Current Position: Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student at Marquette University

Education:
B.A. Psychology: Indiana University, 2008
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student: Marquette University


Marta Turowski
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Position at NIACAL: Research Assistant
Current Position: Project Manager at Epic

Education:
Northwestern University B.S., 2015


Matthew Schroeder
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Position at NIACAL: Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) Graduate Student
Current Position: .

Education:
Ph.D. Neuroscience Candidate: Northwestern University
Postbaccalaureate: National Institute on Drug Abuse (IRTA Fellow)
M.Sc. Forensic Mental Health Science: King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry
B.A. Psychology: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Curriculum Vitae


Neha Mehta
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Position at NIACAL: NUIN PhD Student
Current Position: -

Education:
B.S. Psychology and Biology: Carnegie Mellon, 2008
Ph.D. Neuroscience: Northwestern University, 2015


Sheeraz Daudi
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Position at NIACAL: Research Assistant
Current Position: Medical Student at UIC

Education:
B.S. Electrical Engineering: Michigan State University, 1996
M.S. Computer Engineering: Northwestern University, 2001
Premedicine Postbaccalaureate: Northwestern University, 2010
Medical Student: University of Illinois at Chicago