New Training Program in Population Neuroscience of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

July 30, 2018

Training Program in Population Neuroscience of Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease (PNA) The Graduate School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh are pleased to announce a new pre- and postdoctoral training program in Population Neuroscience of Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease.  

The program is codirected by Drs. C. Rosano and M. Ganguli, with positions available immediately. Please contact   The PNA program trains highly talented individuals to pursue successful independent research in the etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease and other age-related dementia (ADRD). Eligible applicants must have backgrounds in either contemporary neuroscience or population/data science. For example: PhD graduates or candidates in Epidemiology, Neuroscience, Information Science, Biostatistics, Biomedical informatics and MD/DO graduates with training in Neurology, Psychiatry, Geriatric medicine, and related disciplines.

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Background: The field of brain aging is undergoing a profound transformation because of the collision of two phenomena: worldwide increase of the aging population, and rapid technological advancements in health measurements in general and in brain science in particular. Our successes in extending lifespan, combined with only marginal improvements in healthspan, increase the number of very old adults, but they also increase the burden of chronic conditions; these conditions can affect the central nervous system either directly (e.g. stroke) or indirectly (heart conditions, diabetes). It is expected that the cumulative exposure to such chronic conditions, chronological aging, and possibly to other life-long novel environmental and genetic factors, will interact with each other in very complex ways to produce heterogeneous neurocognitive phenotypes and ultimately drive increased risks of dementia. Understanding these complex pathways is fundamentally important to conduct successful rigorous etiological research into causes and determinants of ADRD. We are also living through a time of great technological advances in methods to measure brain abnormalities, the application of which is providing ever more precise phenotypes but also very large and complex datasets.  Such data require careful sampling designs and analytical approaches infused with an understanding of the condition being studied to effectively produce new knowledge to move research to treatment and prevention.   Our vision: Successful clinical neuroepidemiological investigators of the future must be able to link comorbidities, environmental exposures, lifestyles, genomics, e.g. host susceptibility, with knowledge of modern technology of neurosciences and measurement of brain disease and data science.