Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory

Diabetes and the Brain

Understanding the relationships between diabetes and brain function
After a meal, people who are more sensitive to insulin have stronger brain connectivity in a region involved in self-control

Diabetes and obesity are major public health problems. In addition to increasing risk for health complications like heart and kidney disease, diabetes increases the risk for depression and dementia. The pathways that link diabetes with brain dysfunction are not yet understood. A key hormone involved in the development of diabetes is insulin. Our research investigates how insulin signaling affects brain function in humans. By understanding the interactions between insulin and the brain, we hope to understand the brain pathways that may link diabetes to mental health.

Studies Currently Recruiting

Metabolism and Mental Health

Relevant Publications

A Neural Circuitry Linking Insulin Resistance to Depressed Mood
Type 2 Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment: Contributions from Neuroimaging

Diabetes and Obesity Resources

Diabetes Information
Hormone Information