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VISN 4 MIRECC Pittsburgh Investigators and Mentors - Howard Aizenstein

Howard Aizenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
MIRECC Role(s): Fellowship Co-Mentor
Bio: Dr. Aizenstein is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioengineering. He is the author or co-author of over 75 articles and book chapters in the area of cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging in aging populations, and computational methods for analyzing neuroimages. His research program uses different converging methodologies, traditional computer tasks, as well as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, to identify key brain structures that affect memory, attention, and learning in elderly individuals, and how these change over the course of treatment for depression. Dr. Aizenstein has become a nationally and internationally recognized expert on the cognitive and affective neuroscience of geriatric depression.
His research is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Research Interests: Dr. Aizenstein's research focuses on the neural basis for depression in the elderly. He uses fMRI to relate the cognitive and affective symptoms of depression in the elderly to the functional neuroanatomy.