The AMBI Executive Committee provides guidance to the leadership and faculty members of the AMBI.  They meet every other month.

Executive Committee, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative Members

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

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M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology

Dr. Anderson's research interests are in human cognitive neuropsychology, with emphases in frontal lobe dysfunction, language processing, and cognitive/behavioral rehabilitation. The primary methods involve application of experimental cognitive and behavioral paradigms in patients with circumscribed brain lesions defined by MRI. Current projects are directed at delineating impairments of social behavior and executive function associated with adult- and childhood-onset damage to prefrontal cortex, evaluating the validity of the classical aphasia classification scheme, and investigating the...

Ryan Carnahan, Ph.D.

Ryan Carnahan

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PharmD, MS, BCPP
Associate Professor
Epidemiology/College of Public Health

Ryan Carnahan, PharmD, MS, BCPP, is the Associate Director of Education and Outreach. He is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health. His work aims to improve quality of care, particularly medication use, for people with dementia and delirium through education and implementation of best practices. He also studies patterns of use and adverse effects of medications in the elderly, and is involved in drug safety surveillance for the FDA. He is particularly interested in adverse events related to medication-associated cognitive impairment. His work involves...

Gary Christensen

Gary Christensen

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M.S., D.Sc.
Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Radiology Oncology

Dr. Christensen teaches computer engineering and signal/image processing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  His research interests include image processing, medical imaging, deformable shape models, 3D visualization, computer architecture, and parallel computing.  His research involves developing new image registration methods for customizing electronic anatomical atlases, automatic segmentation, modeling anatomical shape for the characterization of normalcy and disease, and brain mapping.

Expertise: image and statistical analysis

Bernd Fritzsch, Director

Bernd Fritzsch

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Ph.D.
Director, Center on Aging
Director, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology
Department of Biology

Bernd Fritzsch, Ph.D., is the Director of the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative. He is Professor in the Department of Biology, holds an Endowed Entrepreneurial Professor title and is a Fellow of the AAAS. He holds secondary appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology, is a member of the DELTA center and is core co-director of the recently awarded P30 in auditory research. He received his PhD from the University of Darmstadt, was awarded the prestigious Heisenberg Fellowship and has published over 250 papers and reviews. Prior to becoming the Chair in the Department of Biology he served...

Mathews Jacob, Ph.D.

Mathews Jacob

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Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mathews Jacob, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received a Ph.D. degree from the Biomedical Imaging Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2003. He was a Beckman postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign between 2003 and 2006. He was an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Radiology at the University of Rochester between 2007 and 2011. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and is currently serving as the associate...

Gerald Jogerst, M.D.

Gerald Jogerst

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M.D.
Mary Ristine Brodie Geriatrics Education Professor
Professor and Senior Vice Chair, Family Medicine
Professor, Psychiatry
Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry

Gerald J. Jogerst, M.D., received his B.A. from Loras College and M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine.  He completed his Family Practice Residency and Fellowship at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.  His research interests include Elder Abuse Methods of teaching geriatric medicine Functional Assessment in the geriatric population; modifiable risk factors of function, international family medicine training, depression in the older population (cultural differences).

John Kamholz

John Kamholz

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M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Huntington Disease Clinic
Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry

John Kamholz, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Neurology, is the director of the Huntington disease (HD) clinic, where he is involved in a number of neuroimaging studies attempting to identify biomarkers for disease progression. These data will be used to establish outcome measures for clinical trials in HD. He is currently the PI in two clinical trials for HD: LEGATO, sponsored by the Huntington Study Group to evaluate a monocloncal antibody to the protein Semaphorin 4B; and SIGNAL, sponsored by TEVA pharmaceuticals to evaluate the compound liquinimod. He is also the director...

Jodie Plumert

Jodie Plumert

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Ph.D.
Professor and Starch Faculty Fellow
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Aging Related Research:
Dr. Plumert's research interests include development of spatial memory and communication, perception-action coupling in children and adults, and risk factors for unintentional childhood injuries.

Dr. Susan Schultz, Co-Director

Susan Schultz

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MD
Director, Center on Aging
Director, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative
Director, Geriatric Education Center
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Vice-Chair for Clinical Translation
Department of Psychiatry

Susan K. Schultz, M.D., is the Director of the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative.  She is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Vice-Chair for Clinical Translation, and Director of the Iowa Geriatric Education Center. She is the President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has board qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.  She joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1995 after completing a research fellowship in the Neurobiology of...