Our research encompasses understanding psychiatric disorders through studies in neurogenetics and neurochemistry; functional brain imaging across the lifespan; evaluating cognition deficits in schizophrenia; understanding the molecular and cellular basis of Alzheimer’s disease; early intervention for people at high risk; and culturally competent care.
Our focus is to diminish the impact of psychiatric illness by changing the landscape of brain health, and adding to the knowledge base — from genes and neurons, to drugs and receptors, to cultural understanding.
New research from the lab of Paul Mathews, PhD, part of NKI’s Center for Dementia Research, indicates a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which appears in the Journal of Neuroscience, examined the brains of diabetic monkeys and found insulin resistance and other changes consistent with early events in the brain that may predispose people to Alzheimer’s disease. This research was reported in Alzforum.