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Internal Collaborations

Raffi Aroian, Ph.D. (UMass Med School, Molecular Medicine): Collaboration to extend the group’s work on treatment discovery and amelioration for soil-transmitted helminths (intestinal nematode parasites) by examining the cognitive impact of these parasites.

Guangping Gao, Ph.D. (UMass Med School, Microbiology and Physiological Systems): Collaboration to help characterize with neuroimaging a mouse model of an inherited neurodegenerative disease, Canavan Disease, and its treatment using novel adeno-associated virus vectors for gene therapy.

Fen-Biao Gao Ph.D. (UMass Med School, Neurology): Collaborative neuroimaging work in animal model of frontotemporal dementia.

Nils Henninger, M.D. (UMass Med School, Neurology) : Collaborative neuroimaging work to help elucidate mechanisms of axonal degeneration in traumatic brain injury.

Kristina Deligiannidis, M.D. (UMass Med School, Psychiatry): Collaborative neuroimaging work to help elucidate effects of neuroactive steroids and their neural substrates in postpartum depression.      

Douglas T Golenbock, M.D. (UMass Med School,Medicine): Collaboration to help characterize with neuroimaging a mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Pranoti Mandrekar, Ph.D. Collaboration to extend the group’s work on treatment discovery and amelioration of alcohol-induced liver pathology by examining the behavioral impact and the brain using neuroimaging.

Carl Fulwiler, M.D. Ph.D. (UMass Med School; Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society): Neural substrates of mindfulness training in relation to emotion regulation.

Joseph DiFranza, M.D. (UMass Med School, Family Medicine and Community Health): Neural substrates of smoking and addiction in young adults and animal models.

Patricia D Franklin M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. (UMass Med School, Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation): Collaborative work on use of mindfulness-centered intervention for post-operative pain recovery, and associated neural substrates.

Gina Vincent, Ph.D. (UMass Med School, Psychiatry): Neural substrates in callous-unemotional adolescents in relation to substance craving.

External Collaborations

UMASS Amherst Collaboration
Dr. Jean King and Dr. Constance Moore have launched a collaborative effort between researchers at UMASS-Worcester and UMASS-Amherst in bringing together experience in clinical assessment and neuroimaging techniques with strengths in cognitive/affective testing and complimentary, alternative interventions. The team at UMASS-Worcester provides extensive clinical experience, access to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and established neuroimaging capabilities. The long-term collaboration will build on these strengths to investigate innovative outcome measures for ASD, all the while, bringing seven different researchers with specific areas of expertise to carry out a research project across campus interaction.

Agnès Lacreuse, Ph.D.: Collaborative work for neuroimaging complementing studies of gonadal hormones and their effects on the brain and cognitive function.

Portugal Collaboration
Dr. Jean King has formed a collaboration with Dr. Óscar Gonçalves and Dr. Ana Mesquita at the Center for Research in Psychology (CIPsi) from the School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal. The main focus of the researchers at the University of Minho is to study the neuropsychological, neuroanatomical, and psychophsyiological correlates of cognitive-emotional processes in different psychiatric conditions. Dr. King and the team at the CCNI will collaborate in the study by lending functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) expertise and facilities.

Tufts University Collaboration
Ben Nephew, Ph.D.: Collaborative work for neuroimaging in rat model of stress-induced postpartum maternal behavioral disorders.

Bob Bridges, Ph.D.: Collaborative work for neuroimaging in rats to better understand the role of pregnancy and related hormones, associated neural connectivity, and maternal behavior.