Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory

News and Events

Date News
June 2017 Congratulations to Erica Tamburo for her nomination for the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic’s Research Employee of the Year award. Two awards were presented to staff at the 18th Annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day event on June 7, 2018."
June 2018 Helmet Karim and Maxwell Wang published their paper on prediction of treatment response in LLD using a computational model.

Read the paper here.
June 2017 Joanne Beer won Best Student Paper Award at the 3rd Annual Statistics in Imaging Conference entitled "Predicting Continuous Measures From Neuroimages: Incorporating Information About Functional Networks and Spatial Structure."
June 2017 Helmet won outstanding poster (graduate student category) at the 17th annual WPIC Research Day with the poster entitled "Functional Activation During Emotion Reactivity in Late-Life Depression: Early Markers of Treatment Response."
May 26th 2017 Helmet Karim successfully defended his PhD entitled "Early prediction of late-life depression remission: multi-factor kernel-based machine learning utilizing single dose pharmacological functional magnetic resonance imaging."
May 2017 Helmet Karim was given an honorable mention for his poster presentation (entitled "Association between change in brain gray matter volume, cognition, and depression severity: pre- and post- antidepressant pharmacotherapy for late-life depression") at Aging Institute Research Day 2017.
April 2017 Congratulations to Minjie Wu for being selected for the 2017 Research Career Institute in Mental Health of Aging (CIMA) mentoring program!
April 2017 Helmet Karim won the award for the best spotlight talk on Bioengineering Day 2017 entitled "Functional Activation During Emotion Processing in Late-Life Depression: Early Markers of Treatment Response."
March 2017 - February 2022 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.
June 26th - July 14th 2017 Akiko Mizuno was accepted to the prestigious Summer Computational Neuroscience Course (OCNC 2017) at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). See more about the program here!
May 31st - June 2nd 2017 Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference at the University of Pittsburgh organized by Dana Tudorascu.
Spring 2017 Undergraduate students Asim and Kristen win the University of Pittsburgh Computer Science Department's 50th Anniversary Undergraduate Project Competition for their project on the Simulation of White Matter Hyperintensities.
August 2016 Congratulations to Asim Viqar for being awarded the Brackenridge Research Fellowship! He will be continuing his work on white matter hyperintentisy algorithms.
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.
January 2016 Kudos to Janki Patel for her Letter to the Editor in this month's Neuro-Oncology. See the letter here!
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.