Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory

News and Events

  1. Helmet Karim was given an honorable mention for his poster presentation at Aging Institute Research Day 2017.
    • The title was "Association between change in brain gray matter volume, cognition, and depression severity: pre- and post- antidepressant pharmacotherapy for late-life depression"

  2. Congratulations to Minjie Wu for being selected for the 2017 Research Career Institute in Mental Health of Aging (CIMA) mentoring program!

  3. Helmet Karim won the award for the best spotlight talk on Bioengineering Day 2017.
    • The title of the talk was "Functional Activation During Emotion Processing in Late-Life Depression: Early Markers of Treatment Response."

  4. Stephen F. Smagula, PhD, recently received a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from the National Institute of Mental Health.
    • This award will sponsor Dr. Smagula's investigation into the risk architecture of depression in dementia caregivers who are experiencing stress. In particular, as a mentored-scientist in the GPN Lab, he will be focused on understanding which neurobiological pathways must be intervened upon to prevent caregiver depression.

  5. Akiko Mizuno was accepted to the presitigious summer Computational Neuroscience Course (OCNC 2017) at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

  6. May 31st-June 2nd: Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference at the University of Pittsburgh organized by own Dana Tudorascu.
    • Our first day consists of lectures on Structural Imaging and fMRI which do not require registration for anybody at UPitt. The second day consists of stats methods oriented talks with applications in imaging in the morning and collaborative lectures in the afternoon.
      In the afternoon we have few invited collaborators which will present some of their work in joint talk with a statistician collaborator:
      (1) Ciprian Crainiceanu with Matthew Schindler (NIH/NINDS)
      (2) Dana Tudorascu with Brad Christian (University of Wisconsin) and Bill Klunk (University of Pittsburgh)
      (3) John Kornak (UCSF) with Katherine Rankin (University of California, SF)
      Our third day will focus on genetics/Imaging and other biological imaging. Speakers include Wesley Thompson, (University of California, SD), Kayhan Batmanghelich, (University of Pittsburgh).

  7. Spring, 2017: Undergraduate students Asim and Kristen win the University of Pittsburgh Computer Science Department's 50th Anniversary Undergraduate Project Competition.
    • Competition Description: This year the Department of Computer Science will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. To demonstrate and display our departmentís innovation and computing prowess we are hosting a competition for students to collaborate, express creativity, and solve computing problems. We want students to work on creating a project which solves a problem. There is a large variety of problems in computer science and across other disciplines that can be solved and you can help create a solution to them You are strongly encouraged to consider not only problems within our discipline, but also across disciplines.
    • With guidance and a great deal of assistance from Helmet, Kristen and Asim won for their project on the Simulation of White Matter Hyperintensities.

  8. August 2016: Congratulations to Asim Viqar for being awarded the Breckenridge Research Fellowship!
    • He will be continuing his work on white matter hyperintentisy algorithms.

  9. May, 2016: Congratulations to Undergraduate, Janki Patel who will be participating in the 2016 Center for Translational Mental Health Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CTMHR).
    • Under the mentorship of Dr. Aizenstein here at the GPN Lab.

  10. January 2016: Kudos to Janki Patel for her Letter to the Editor in this month's Neuro-Oncology!
    • Patel et al. Insulin like growth factor 1-receptor signaling via Akt: A general therapeutic target in neurocutaneous melanocytosis?Neuro-oncology. 2016; 18, 142-143. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/nov271. Print.

  11. January 2016: Congratulations to Asim Viqar for receiving the 2016 Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship!
    • He is working with graduate student, Helmet Karim on the development of a novel Matlab algorithm to simulate white matter abnormalities in MRI images for diagnostic testing.