Research Overview

The Neuroscience P.E.T. Lab conducts functional and structural brain imaging studies in healthy individuals, as well as, individuals who suffer from illnesses which impair attention and emotion. We have published several PET studies examining patients with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, autism, and personality disorders. Our mission is to better understand individual differences in the neural circuitry underlying specific attentional and emotional tasks. We are also interested in how brain function changes with treatment (medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.) and clinical response.

What is Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Positron Emission Tomography with 18-F-deoxyglucose provides functional information about regional cerebral metabolic rate. These images complement anatomical methods such as MRI and CT in providing assessment of tissue viability, extent of loss of function, and changes in regional activation. Clinical uses of PET include traumatic brain injury, differentiation of Alzheimer's disease and stroke, and evaluation in Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. Research in Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder, Personality disorders and other psychiatric illnesses actively ongoing.

Our Research

  • Schizophrenia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Panic Disorder
  • Alcoholism

Our Journals

Dr. Buchsbaum is Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry Research and Editor of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.