- Brain Awareness Week
Brain imaging in the major psychoses
Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa College of Medicine. She is actively involved in neuroimaging research, which involves the use of structural MR imaging, functional MR, and positron emission tomography. In addition, she leads a team working on three-dimensional image analysis techniques to integrate multi-modality imaging and to develop innovative methods for analyzing structural and functional imaging techniques in an automated manner. She has been given a Research Scientist Award from NIMH for her work in this area, directs a Mental Health Clinical Research Center and a training program that emphasizes neuroimaging, and conducts several investigator initiated projects in the area. Dr. Andreasen is past president of the American Psychopathological Association and the Psychiatric Research Society, as well as a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She won the President's National Medal of Science for 2000. She has received the American Psychiatric Association Prize for Research and the Dean Award from The American College of Psychiatrists, as well as the Distinguished Service Award of the latter organization. Dr. Andreasen is Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Psychiatry. She has written a book on neuroimaging (Brain Imaging: Applications in Psychiatry), as well as more than 500 articles and seven books on other related topics. Title of Research: The primary emphasis of her research is on the development and application of novel neuroimaging tools, the study of normal cognition and emotion, and the study of major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, and schizotypal personality.