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Welcome to the Neurophysics Laboratory Web Site

The Neurophysics Laboratory is a research group within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic's Department of Psychiatry, Department of Bioengineering and the Neurophysics Laboratory's main focus of research is to obtain a better understanding of the chemical, molecular and metabolic functioning of the brain.

Current research projects are directed toward the use of in vivo, ex vivo, and in vitro magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and magnetic resonance imaging spectroscopy (MRSI) technologies to better understand the molecular underpinnings of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, autism, and schizophrenia.  Because magnetic resonance techniques are non-invasive and involve minimal risk to subjects, they can be used in longitudinal studies of these and other psychiatric illnesses.  Grants have recently been funded to apply the same range of techniques to investigate nicotine addiction, especially among adolescents and to investigate normal molecular neurodevelopment in children.  Applications have been, or are being, prepared to study chronic alcoholism and the effect of proposed new drug treatments (ALCAR, or acetyl-L-carnitine, and myo-inositol) for geriatric depression.

In this site you will be able to find information about on-going research, current studies and our investigators.




Neurophysics Laboratory




260 Kappa Drive


Pittsburgh, PA  15238


Phone: 412-967-6508


Fax: 412-967-6563


Email: Neurophysics Laboratory


Last Updated May 14, 2009