Veterans Bio-Medical Research Institute

Kevin Beck, PhD

 

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Chief of Staff of Research

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Associate Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience, Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School

Education:

  • BA La Salle University
  • MA Teachers College, Columbia University
  • PhD Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York

Brief Statement:

Many of the difficult problems facing our veterans are unique to their experiences and highly influenced by their sociobiological backgrounds. High rates of unexplained illness and psychological disorders exemplify this fact. As a result, our laboratory has focused on delineating biopsychological factors that increase the risk for developing conditions such as Gulf War Illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, and depression. Discovering the unique neural and psychological pathways that confer risk for these disorders will provide critical knowledge for creating more efficient, individualized treatments for these conditions. A similar philosophy is employed for identifying sex differences in these psychophysiological disorders and conducting research to determine whether sex-specific interventions can be developed for these conditions.

Areas of Research Interest:

Stress-related mental disorders, sex differences in psychopathology, neural processes associated with neuroplasticity, learning and memory, neurotransmission, psychoimmunology

Memberships:

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD)
  • Pavlovian Society
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Select Publications:

  1. Catuzzi, J.E. & Beck, K.D.; Anxiety vulnerability in women: A two-hit hypothesis; Experimental Neurology, Epub ahead of print, doi: 10.1016/expneurol.2014.01.023, 2014.
  2. Perrotti, L.I., Dennis, T.S., Jiao, X., Servatius, R.J., Pang, K.C.H., & Beck, K.D.; Activation of extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK) and ΔFosB in emotion-associated neural circuitry after asymptotic levels of active avoidance are attained; Brain Research Bulletin, 98C, 102-110, 2013.
  3. Beck, K.D. & Catuzzi, J.E.; Understanding the causes of reduced startle reactivity in stress-related mental disorders; In: New Insights into Anxiety Disorders; F. Durbano ed. InTech (open access): Rijeka, Croatia. 135-169, 2013.
  4. Beck, K.D., Wasserman, M.C., Furst, S.J., Pang, K.C.H., & Servatius, R.J.; Differential effects of progesterone and medroxyprogesterone on delay eyeblink conditioning in ovariectomized rats; Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, 97, 148-155, 2012.
  5. Beck, K.D., Jiao, X., Ricart, T.M., Myers, C.E., Minor, T.R., Pang, K.C.H., & Servatius, R.J.; Vulnerability factors in anxiety: Strain and sex differences in the use of signals associated with non-threat during the acquisition and extinction of active-avoidance behavior; Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 35, 1659-1670, 2011.
  6. Beck, K.D., McLaughlin, J., Bergen, M.T., Cominski, T.P., Moldow, R.L., & Servatius, R.J.; Facilitated acquisition of the classically conditioned eyeblink response in women taking oral contraceptives; Behavioural Pharmacology, 19, 821-828, 2008.
  7. Beck, K.D. & Servatius, R.J.; Stress-induced reductions of sensory reactivity in female rats depend on ovarian hormones and the application of a painful stressor; Hormones and Behavior, 47, 532-539, 2005.
  8. Servatius, R.J. & Beck, K.D; Mild interoceptive stressors affect learning and reactivity to contextual cues: Toward understanding the development of unexplained illnesses; Neuropsychopharmacology, 30, 1483-1491, 2005.

Awards and Recognitions:

Elected Councilor and Treasurer of the OSSD (2007-2012); OSSD 2013 Annual Meeting Organizer and Program Chair; Elected to Pavlovian Society Executive Committee (2012-2015); Member of the National Institute of Justice Community Acceptance Panel on Riot Control Agents (2007); Member of the NASA Decadal Review Working Group Panel: Reproduction and Space (2013); Guest editor, Experimental Neurology Special Issue: Sex and Neurological Disease (2014)

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Allen J. Blaivas, MD

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Medical Director, Sleep Services;
Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine Physician

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Education:

  • Fellow, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – NJMS, Newark, New Jersey (July 2002 – June 2005)
  • Chief Resident, Department of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – NJMS, Affiliated Program at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey (July 2001 – June 2002)
  • Resident, Department of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- NJMS, Newark, New Jersey (July 1999 – June 2002)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, New York, (1999)
  • B.Sc. Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, CUNY Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, (May 1994)

Areas of Research Interest:

Excessive daytime sleepiness and insomnia in sleep apnea
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Memberships:

Fellow, College of Chest Physicians
Member, American Thoracic Society

Select Publications:

  1. Blaivas AJ, Uddin F. Obstructive sleep apnea caused by substernal goiter presenting as nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. Sleep and Breathing, 2012. In Press, [Epub ahead of print; PMID 22899396].
  2. Blaivas AJ. Review: Preoperative staging using PET-CT reduced futile thoracotomies more than conventional staging in non-small cell lung cancer [Comment]. ACP Journal Club, 2009; 151 (5): JC5-8.
  3. Blaivas AJ. Review: Graduated compression stockings did not prevent deep venous thrombosis after stroke and increased skin complications [Comment]. ACP Journal Club, 2009; 151(4):JC4-9.
  4. Blaivas AJ, Strauss W. Middle Lobe Syndrome in the Left Lower Lobe in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease? Two Unusual Causes of the Middle Lobe Syndrome. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 2009; 18(4): 331-333.
  5. Blaivas AJ. Sleep Apnea and Hypertension: The Importance of Choosing the Right Dip, American Journal of Kidney Disease 2008; 51 (6): 1069.
  6. Blaivas AJ, Yudd M, Strauss W. Subglottic Stenosis as a Consequence of Wegener’s Granulomatosis. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 2008; 17(2): 114-116.
  7. Blaivas AJ, Patel R, Hom D, Asthyani H. Quantifying Microsleep to Assess Sleepiness. Sleep Medicine 2007; 8(2):156-159.
  8. Blaivas AJ. Review: Oral appliances are better than control appliances, but not CPAP in the obstructive sleep apnea– hypopnea syndrome [Comment]. ACP Journal Club 2006; 145(2):43.
  9. Blaivas AJ, Lardizabal, McDonald R. Two Unusual Sequelae of Tuberculous Meningitis. Southern Medical Journal 2005; 98(10): 1028-30.
  10. Blaivas AJ. Case and Comment: A Dangerous Mix. Patient Care 2004; 38(9): 75-6.
  11. Gejerman G, Mullokandov EA, Bagiella E, Blaivas AJ, Beitler JJ. Endobronchial Brachytherapy and External Beam Radiotherapy in Patients with Endobronchial Obstruction and Extrabronchial Extension. Brachytherapy 2002; 1(4): 204-210.
  12. Blaivas AJ. May a Doctor Refuse To See Patients? The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Fall 1999; No. 38: 100-116.2014)

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Victor T. Chang, MD, FACP

Hematology/Oncology,
Medical Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Professor of Medicine, Rutgers University/New Jersey Medical School

Education:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SB/SM, (1979)
  • New York University School of Medicine, M.D., (1983)
  • Intern, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, (1983-84)
  • Research Associate, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, (1984-85)
  • Clinical Fellow in Medicine/Medical Genetics, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, (1984-85)
  • Resident, Department of Medicine, The Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. (1985-87)
  • Chief Resident, Department of Medicine, The Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, (1987-88)
  • Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York, (1988-1991)
  • Fellow, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York, (1991-92)
  • Fellow, Pain Service, Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, (1992-93)

Areas of Research Interest

  • Symptom Control
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Hematology

Memberships:

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  • Palliative Care Research Consortium
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Chinese American Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians, Fellow
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Project Death in America Faculty Scholar, (2000-2002)
  • Co-Chair, ECOG Symptom Management Committee
  • Research Excellence in Trials Award by the National Cancer Institute

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Michael J. Falvo, PhD

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Health Sciences Specialist,
War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences – Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Newark, New Jersey
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences – New Jersey Medical School; Newark, New Jersey

Education:

The College of New Jersey, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ewing, New Jersey, (2004)
University of Memphis, M.S. in Kinesiology, Memphis, Tennessee, (2006)
Washington University in St. Louis, Ph.D. in Kinesiology, St. Louis, Missouri, (2010)
VA New Jersey Health Care System, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Integrative Physiology, East Orange, New Jersey, (2010 – 2012)

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiopulmonary Function and Assessment
  • Environmental and Occupational Exposure
  • Movement Disorders
  • Rehabilitation

Memberships:

  • American Physiological Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiology Association

Select Publications:

  1. Falvo MJ, Bradley M, Brook SM. Is Deployment an ‘Exposure’ in Military Personnel? In Press, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Earhart GM, Falvo MJ. Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise. Comprehensive Physiology, 3:1-16, 2013.
  2. Falvo MJ, Serrador JM, McAndrew LM, Chandler HK, Quigley KS. U.S. service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq: Is physical health worsening over time? BMC Public Health, 12:1124, 2012.
  3. Falvo MJ, Sirevaag EJ, Rohrbaugh JW, Earhart GM. Central adaptation to repetitive grasping in healthy aging. Brain Topography, 24(3-4): 292-301, 2011.
  4. Falvo MJ, Sirevaag EJ, Rohrbaugh JW, Earhart GM. Resistance training induces supraspinal adaptations: Evidence from movement-related cortical potentials. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 109(5):923-33, 2010.

Awards:

  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Applied Muscle Physiology, University of Memphis, (2006)
  • Melvin Humphrey Student Research Award, University of Memphis, (2006)
  • Alumni Wall of Fame, Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, (2013)
  • Outstanding Alumni, Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Memphis, (2014)

Recognitions:

American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (RCEP®)
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)

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Patricia Gilhooly, MD

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Staff Urologist,
Surgical Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Assistant Professor of Surgery/Urology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Education:

  • AB, Manhattanville College
    MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Brief Statement:

During my 20 years of research at the VANJHCS, I have been the Principal Investigator of 25 clinical research trials including 3 VA Cooperative Studies. My aim has been to involve our Veterans in research that could significantly impact their and/or their fellow Veterans’ health in areas that also affect quality of life, such as incontinence and sexual functioning.

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Voiding Dysfunction
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Prostatic Disease

Memberships:

  • Society of Urodynamics and Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction, formerly Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology
    International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Urological Association
  • Society of Women in Urology
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Medical Society of the USA

Select Publications:

  1. Kaplan S, Garvin D, Gilhooly P, Koppel M, Labasky R, Milsten R, Reddy P, Rosenberg S, Sussman D, White C, Lee M, Pappas F, Waldstreicher J.
  2. Impact of baseline symptom severity on future risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia-related outcomes and long-term response to finasteride. The Pless
    Study Group. Urology. 2000 Oct 1;56(4):610-6.
  3. Sheynin, J.; Shikari, S.; Gluck, M. A.; Moustafa, A. A.; Servatius, R. J. & Myers, C. E. (2013). Enhanced avoidance learning in behaviorally-inhibited young men and women. Stress, 16(3):289-299. PMID: 23101990; PMCID: PMC3767128
  4. Gilhooly, P., Ottenweller, J.,Lange, G., Tiersky, L., Natelson, B. Chronic Fatigue and Sexual Dysfunction in Female Gulf War Veterans. J.Sex and Marital Therapy , 2001, 27: 483-487.
  5. Young JM, Bennett C, Gilhooly P, Wessells H, Ramos DE. Efficacy and Safety of Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra) in Black and Hispanic American men. Urology. 2002 Sep; 60(2 Suppl 2): 39-48.
  6. Sadeghi-Nejad H, Lim H, Long K, and Gilhooly P. Assessment of Viagra Efficacy Using the Erectile Dysfunction Inventory of Treatment Satisfaction (EDITS) Urologia Internationalis; Acta Italica Urologica 71 (1): 100-102, 2003.
  7. Wilt TJ, Brawer MK, Jones KM, Barry MJ, Aronson WJ, Fox S, Gingrich JR, Wei JT, Gilhooly P, Grob BM, Nsouli I, Iyer P, Cartagena R, Snider G, Roehrborn C, Sharifi R, Blank W, Pandya P, Andriole GL, Culkin D, Wheeler T; Prostate Cancer Intervention versus Observation Trial (PIVOT) Study Group. Radical prostatectomy versus observation for localized prostate cancer. N Engl J Med. 2012 Jul 19;367(3):203-13

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 1995: Certificate of Appreciation for meritorious service within the VA Cooperative Studies Program of the medical research service ( CSP #359)
  • 2009: Certificate of Recognition for dedication in advancing research in the prevention of prostate cancer, SELECT TRIAL, Southwest Oncology Group
  • 2011: Certificate of Recognition for advancing research in the treatment of prostate cancer, PIVOT TRIAL, VA Cooperative Studies

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Drew A. Helmer, MD, MS

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Director,
War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) at East Orange, New Jersey

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Associate Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School

Education:

  • University of Minnesota, B.S., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Columbia University, M.D./M.S., New York, New York

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Ambulatory Care Utilization
  • Patient Outcomes
  • Deployment Health

Memberships:

  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • AcademyHealth

Select Publications:

  1. Dobscha S, Denneson LM, Kovas AE, Corson K, Helmer DA, Bair MJ. Primary care clinician responses to positive suicidal ideation risk assessments in Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. General Hospital Psychiatry. In press.
  2. Lange G, McAndrew L, Ashford JW, Reinhard M, Peterson M, Helmer DA.War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC): a multidisciplinary translational approach to the care of Veterans with Chronic Multisymptom Illness. Mil Med. 2013 Jul;178(7):705-7.
  3. Ganzini L, Press N, Helmer DA, Bair M, Poat J, Dobscha S. Trust is the Basis for Effective Screening for Suicidal Ideation in Veterans. JGIM. 2013 April 12 (ePub ahead of print).
  4. Graham DP, Helmer DA, Harding MJ, Kosten TR, Petersen NJ, Nielsen DA. Serotonin transporter genotype and mild traumatic brain injury independently influence resilience and perception of limitations in Veterans. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2013 Jun;47(6):835-42.
  5. Dobscha SK, Corson K, Helmer D, Bair M, Denneson LM, Brandt C, Beane A, Ganzini L. Brief assessment for suicidal ideation in OEF/OIF veterans with positive depression screens. General Hospital Psychiatry, 2013 May-Jun;35(3):272-8.
  6. Helmer DA, Beaulieu GR, Houlette C, Latini D, Goltz HH, Etienne S, Kauth M. Assessment and Documentation of Sexual Health Issues of Recent Combat Veterans seeking VHA Care. J Sex Medicine. 2013 Apr;10(4):1065-73.
  7. Hosain GMH, Latini DM, Kauth M, Honore-Goltz H, Helmer DA. Sexual dysfunction among male Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan: Prevalence and correlates. J Sex Medicine. 2013 Feb;10(2):516-523.
  8. Romesser, J, Lewis, J, Booth, J, Pastorek, N, Helmer, DA; Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Pain in OEF/OIF Veterans; JRRD. 2012 49(7):1127-36.
  9. Santos, S, Helmer, DA, Teichman, R; Risk Communication in Deployment Related Exposure Concerns; JOEM. 2012 Jun;54(6):752-9.
  10. Kim, H, Helmer, DA, Zhao, Z, Boockvar, K; Disparities in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Acute and Chronic Conditions among Older Adults with Diabetes; Am J Manag Care, 17(11):e419-26, 2011.
  11. Helmer, DA, Chandler, HK, Quigley, KS, Blatt, M, Teichman, R, Lange, G; Chronic widespread pain, mental health, and physical role function in OEF/OIF veterans; Pain Med, 10(7):1174-82, 2009. 12.
  12. Helmer, DA, Sambamoorthi, U, Shen, Y, Tseng, CL, Rajan, M, Tiwari, A, Maney, M, Pogach, L; Opting Out of an Integrated Healthcare System: Dual-system use is associated with poorer glycemic control in Veterans with diabetes; Primary Care Diabetes, 2(2):73-80, 2008 Jun, Epub 2008 Apr10.
  13. Helmer, DA, Tseng, CL, Rajan, M, Crystal, S, Shen, Y, Miller, DR, Safford, MM, Pogach, L; Can ambulatory care prevent hospitalization for metabolic decompensation?; Med Care, 46(2):148-57, 2008 Feb.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Clinical Champion and Leader of the Workgroup on Management for the revision of the VA
  • DoD clinical practice guideline on Chronic Multisymptom Illness
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine Consultant Pilot Advisory Committee, (2013)
  • Post-Deployment Integrated Care Initiative – VISN 16 OEF/OIF Clinical Champion, (2009 – 2011)

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Alejandro Interian, PhD

Clinical Psychologist,
Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Education:

  • Nova Southeastern University (APA Accredited Program), Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (2001)
  • Nova Southeastern University (APA Accredited Program), Clinical Psychology, M.S., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (1997)
  • University of Florida, Psychology, B.S. with Honors, Gainesville, Florida, (1995)

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Suicide prevention
  • Telehealth
  • Cross-cultural issues in mental health

Select Publications:

  1. Interian, A., Kline, A., Janal, M., Glynn, S., & Losonczy, M. (in press). Multiple deployments and combat trauma: Do homefront stressors increase the risk for post-traumatic stress symptoms? Journal of Traumatic Stress.
  2. Kline, A., Weiner, M.D., Ciccone D.S., Interian, A., St. Hill, L., & Losonczy, M. (in press). Increased risk of alcohol dependency in a cohort of National Guard Troops with PTSD: A longitudinal study,” Journal of Psychiatric Research.
  3. Alegria, M., Carson, N., Flores, M., Li, X., Shi, P., Lessios, A.S., Polo, A., Allen, M., Fiero, M., Interian, A., et al. (in press). A randomized controlled trial of the decide intervention: does it increase activation, self-management, engagement and retention in behavioral health. JAMA Psychiatry.
  4. Interian, A., Lewis-Fernández, R., Gara, M. A., & Escobar, J. I. (2013). A Randomized-Controlled Trial of An Intervention to Improve Antidepressant Adherence among Latinos with Depression. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 688-696.
  5. Kline, A., Ciccone D.S., Weiner, M.D., Interian, A., St. Hill, L., Falca-Dodson, M., Black, C., Losonczy, M. (2013). Gender differences in the risk and protective factors associated with PTSD: A prospective study of National Guard troops deployed to Iraq. Psychiatry, 73, 256-272.
  6. Interian, A., Lewis-Fernandez, R., & Dixon, L. (2013). Interventions to Improve Mental Health Treatment Engagement among Underserved Racial-Ethnic Minority Populations: A Systematic Review of Recent Literature. Psychiatric Services, 64, 212–222.
  7. Interian, A., Kline, A., Callahan, L., & Losonczy, M. (2012). Readjustment Stressors and Early mental health treatment-seeking among returning Army National Guard Soldiers with PTSD. Psychiatric Services, 63, 855–861.
  8. Dixon, L., Lewis-Fernandez, R., Goldman, H. Interian, A., Michaels, A., & Crawford Kiley, M. (2011). Adherence Disparities in Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199, 815-820.

Awards/Recognitions:

  • Young Investigator Award, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), (2003)
  • Mentored Career Development Award, National Institute of Mental Health, (2005)

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Catherine E. Myers, PhD

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Health Science Specialist,
Research Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosciences, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Education:

  • University of Delaware, Cognitive and Computer Science, B.S. with Distinction, Newark, Delaware, (1987)
  • University of London, Imperial College, Electrical Engineering, Ph.D., London, United Kingdom, (1990)

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Experimental neuropsychology (brain bases of learning and memory
  • Vulnerability to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Computational neuroscience

Memberships:

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Pavlovian Society
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Association for Psychological Science

Select Publications:

  1. Myers, C. E., Moustafa, A. A., Sheynin, J., VanMeenen, K. M., Gilbertson, M. W., Orr, S. P., Beck, K. D., Pang, K. C. H. & Servatius, R. J. (2013). Learning to obtain reward, but not avoid punishment, is affected by presence of PTSD symptoms in male veterans: Empirical data and computational model. PLOS ONE, 8(8):e72508. PMID: 24015254; PMCID: PMC3754989
  2. Sheynin, J.; Shikari, S.; Gluck, M. A.; Moustafa, A. A.; Servatius, R. J. & Myers, C. E. (2013). Enhanced avoidance learning in behaviorally-inhibited young men and women. Stress, 16(3):289-299. PMID: 23101990; PMCID: PMC3767128
  3. Myers, C. E., Bermudez-Hernandez, K., & Scharfman, H. (2013). The influence of ectopic migration of granule cells into the hilus on dentate gyrus-CA3 function. PLOS ONE, 8(6): e68208. PMID: 23840835; PMCID: PMC3695928
  4. Moustafa, A. A., Gilbertson, M. W., Orr, S. P., Servatius, R. J. & Myers, C. E. (2013). A model of amygdala-hippocampal- prefrontal interaction in fear conditioning and extinction in animals. Brain and Cognition, 81(1):29-43. PMID: 23164732; PMCID: PMC3808183
  5. Scharfman, H. E. & Myers, C. E. (2013). Hilar mossy cells of the dentate gyrus: A historical perspective. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 6:106 . PMID: 23420672; PMCID: PMC3572871
  6. Máttyássy, A., Kéri, S., Myers, C. E., Levy-Gigi, E., Gluck, M. A. & Kelemen, O. (2012). Impaired generalization of associative learning in patients with alcohol dependence after intermediate-term abstinence. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47(5):533-537. PMID: 22582184; doi:10.1093/alcalc/ags050.
  7. Myers, C. E., VanMeenen, K. M. & Servatius, R. J. (2012). Behavioral inhibition and PTSD symptoms in veterans. Psychiatry Research, 196:271-276. PMID: 22397911; PMCID: PMC3361537
  8. Krishna, R., Moustafa, A. A., Eby, L. A., Skeen, L. C. & Myers, C. E. (2012). Learning and generalization in healthy aging: Implication for striato-frontal and hippocampal function. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 25(1):7-15. PMID: 22353726; PMCID: PMC3361711
  9. Myers, C. E., VanMeenen, K., McAuley, J. D., Beck, K., Pang, K. & Servatius, R. J. (2012). Behaviorally-inhibited temperament is associated with severity of PTSD symptoms and faster eyeblink conditioning in veterans. Stress, 15(1):31-44. PMID: 21790343; PMCID: PMC3364604
  10. Myers, C. E. & Scharfman, H. E. (2011). Pattern separation in the dentate gyrus: A role for the CA3 backprojection. Hippocampus, 21:1190-1215. PMID: 20683841; PMCID: PMC2976779

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Kevin Pang, PhD

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Research Physiologist,
Research Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosciences, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Education:

Ph.D. Pharmacology, University of Colorado Medical Center

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Attention

Select Publications:

  1. Goodus, M.T., N. Kerr, R. Talwar, D. Buziashvili, J.E.C. Fragale, K.C.H. Pang and S.W. Levison. LIF Haplodeficiency Desynchronizes Glial Reactivity and Exacerbates Damage and Functional Deficits After a Concussive Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, in press.
  2. Catuzzi, J.E., V. Khariv, D.M. Gregor, I.M. Smith, X. Jiao, S. Elkabes, R.J. Servatius, K.C. Pang and K.D. Beck (2016) Dysfunction in amygdala-prefrontal plasticity and extinction-resistant avoidance: a model for anxiety disorder vulnerability. Experimental Neurology 275(1):59-68.
  3. Janke, K.L., T.P. Cominski, E.V. Kuzhikandathil, R.J. Servatius and K.C.H. Pang (2015) Investigating the role of hippocampal BDNF in anxiety vulnerability using classical eyeblink conditioning, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Vol 6, Article 106.
  4. Jiao, X., K.D. Beck, C.E. Myers, R.J. Servatius and K.C. Pang (2015) Altered activity of the medial prefrontal cortex and amygdala during acquisition and extinction of an active avoidance task. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol 9, Article 249.
  5. Pang, K.C.H., S. Sinha, P. Avcu, J.J. Roland, N. Nadpara, B. Pfister, M. Long, V. Santhakumar and R.J. Servatius (2015) Long-lasting suppression of acoustic startle response following mild traumatic brain injury, Journal of Neurotrauma, 32:801-810.
  6. Cominski, T.P., X. Jiao, J.E. Catuzzi, A.L. Stewart and K.C.H. Pang (2014) The role of the hippocampus in avoidance learning and anxiety vulnerability. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol 8, Article 273.
  7. Roland, J.J., K.L., Janke, R.J. Servatius and K.C.H. Pang (2014) GABAergic neurons in the medial septal-diagonal band (MSDB) are important for acquisition of delay classically conditioned eyeblink response. Brain Structure and Function, 219:1231-1237.
  8. Roland, J.J., A.L. Stewart, K.L. Janke, M.R. Gielow, J.A. Kostek, L.M. Savage, R.J. Servatius and K.C.H. Pang (2014) Medial septum-diagonal band of Broca (MSDB) GABAergic regulation of hippocampal acetylcholine efflux is dependent on cognitive demands. Journal of Neuroscience, 34:506-514.

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Alec Roy, MD

Psychiatry

Education:

Cambridge University

Brief Statement:

Causes and prevention of suicidal behavior have been a focus of research for 30 yeras

Area of Research Interest:

Suicide

Membership:

American College of Neuropsychopharmacolgy

Publications:

300 papers, 50 book chapters, 5 books

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 1976: Gaskell Gold Medal of Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1993: Louis Dublin Award of American Association of Suicidology
  • 1992-present: Listed in Best Doctors in America
  • 1999: Stengel Award of International Association for Suicide Prevention
  • 2002: Life Time Achievement Award of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Shanthi Srinivas, MD

Hematologist/Oncologist,
Medical Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School, Department of Medicine

Education:

M.D.

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Phase I, II, III Trials Multiple Myeloma
  • Lymphoid malignancies and Hematological Malignancies
  • Benign Hematological disorders
  • Co-morbidities

Memberships:

  • ECOG-ACRIN Lymphoma – Leukemia committee
  • Myeloma committee
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Awards and Recognitions:

Team Member for Award of excellence in Clinical Trials awarded by National Cancer Institute

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Chin-Lin Tseng, Ph.D

Clinical Specialist,
Research Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School

Education:

  • Columbia University, School of Public Health, Biostatistics and Sociomedical Sciences, Ph.D., New York, New York
  • National Taiwan University, Public Health, B.S., Taiwan, Taipei City
  • National Taiwan University, Health Policy and Management, M.S., Taiwan, Taipei City

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Health Outcomes/Disparities
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Medically Unexplained Illnesses
  • Lower Extremity Amputations
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Risk Adjustment
  • Electronic Health Records analysis

Memberships:

  • Academy Health
  • American Statistical Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Diabetes Association

Publications:

  1. Helmer DA, Tseng CL, Brimacombe M, Rajan M, Stiptzarov N, Pogach L. Applying diabetes-related Prevention Quality Indicators to a national cohort of veterans with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2003 Nov;26(11):3017-23.
  2. Tseng, CL, Natelson, B. (2004) Gender and CFS: Few Gender Differences Exist Between Women and Men with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2004 11(1) March: 55-62.
  3. Tseng, CL, Rajan, M, Miller D, Hawley G, Crystal S, Xie M, Tiwari A, Safford M, & Pogach L (2005) Use of Administrative Data to Risk Adjust Amputation Rates in a National Cohort of Medicare-enrolled Veterans with Diabetes. Medical Care, January 2005 43(1): 88-92
  4. Tseng CL, Greenberg J, Helmer D, Rajan M, Tiwari A, Miller D, Crystal, S, Hawley G, Pogach L (2004) Dual System Utilization Affects Regional Variation In Prevention Quality Indicators: The Case of Amputations Among Veterans With Diabetes. American Journal of Managed Care, 10(11, part 2): 886-892 November.
  5. Natelson BH, Weaver SA, Tseng CL, Ottenweller JE (2004). Spinal Fluid Abnormalities in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, 12(1):52-55, January 2005.
  6. Tseng CL, Brimacombe M, Xie M, Rajan M, Wang H, Kolassa J, Crystal S, Chen TC, Pogach L, Safford M (2005) Seasonal Patterns in Monthly A1c Values. American Journal of Epidemiology, March 15; 161(6):565-74 2005.
  7. Thompson, W, Wang H, Xie M, Kolassa J, Rajan M, Tseng CL, Crystal S, Pogach L, Safford M (2005) Assessing Quality Of Diabetes Care By Measuring Longitudinal Changes In Hemoglobin A1c In The Veterans Health Administration. Health Service Research. 40(6):1818-1835.
  8. Pogach L, Xie M, Yu S, Tseng CL, Maney M, Rajan M, Tiwari A Kolassa J, Helmer D, Crystal S, and Safford M (2005) Diabetes Healthcare quality Report Cards: How Accurate Are the Grades? American Journal of Managed Care, December, 11(12):797-804.
  9. Tseng CL, Sambamoorthi U, Rajan M, Tiwari A, Frayne S, Findley P, Pogach L. (2006) Are there gender differences in diabetes care among elderly Medicare enrolled veterans? Journal of General Internal Medicine. 21: S47-53.
  10. Kern EFO, Maney M, Miller DR, Tseng CL, Tiwari A, Rajan M, Aron D, Pogach L. (2006) Failure of ICD-9-Codes to Identify Patients with Co-morbid Chronic Kidney Disease in Diabetes. Health Services Research 41(2): 564-580.
  11. Sambamoorthi U, Tseng CL, Rajan M, Tiwari A, Findley PA, Pogach L (2006) Initial Non-Traumatic Lower Extremity Amputations among Veterans with Diabetes. Medical Care. 2006 Aug;44(8):779-87.
  12. Tseng CL, Sambamoorthi U, Tiwari A, Rajan M, Findley P, Pogach L. (2006) Diabetes Care Among Veteran Women with Disability. Women’s Health Issues. 2006 Nov-Dec;16(6):361-71.
    Tiwari A, Tseng CL, Kern EFO, Maney M, Miller D, Pogach L. (2007) Facility Variation in Utilization of Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus and Chronic Kidney Disease. American Journal of Managed Care. Feb;13(2):73-9.
  13. Maney M, Tseng CL, Safford MM, Miller DR, Pogach LM. (2007) Impact of self-reported patient characteristics upon assessment of glycemic control in the Veterans Health. Diabetes Care. Feb;30(2):245-51.
  14. Zhang Q, Safford M, Miller D, Crystal S, Rajan M, Tseng CL, Pogach L. (2007) Short-term statin exposure is associated with reduced all-cause mortality in persons with diabetes. Medical Care. Apr;45(4):308-14.
  15. Rajan M, Pogach L, Tseng CL, Reiber G, Johnston M. (2007) Facility-level variations in patient-reported footcare knowledge sufficiency: implications for diabetes performance measurement. Prim Care Diabetes. Sep;1(3):147-53.
  16. Tseng CL, Helmer D, Mangala R, Tiwari A, Miller D, Crystal S, Safford MM, Greenberg J, Pogach L. (2007) Evaluation of Regional Variation in Total, Major and Minor Amputation Rates in a National Health-care System. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007 Oct 18.
  17. Tseng CL, Sambamoorthi U, Helmer D, Tiwari A, Rosen AK, Rajan M, Pogach L (2007). The association between mental health functioning and non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in veterans with diabetes. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2007 Nov-Dec;29(6):537-46.
  18. Meduru P, Helmer D, Rajan M, Tseng CL, Pogach L, Sambamoorthi U (2007) Chronic Illness with Complexity: Implications for Performance Measurement of Optimal Glycemic Control. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Dec;22 Suppl 3:408-18.
  19. Tseng CL, Kern EFO, Miller D, Tiwari A, Maney M, Rajan M, Pogach (2008). Survival Benefit of Nephrologic Care for Patients with Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease. Arch Intern Med. 168(1):55-62.
  20. Helmer DA, Tseng CL, Rajan M, Crystal S, Shen Y, Miller DR, Safford MM, Tiwari A, Pogach L. Can ambulatory care prevent hospitalization for metabolic decompensation? Medical Care. 2008 Feb;46(2):148-57.
  21. Helmer DA, Sambamoorthi U, Rajan M, Tseng CL, Pogach LM. (2008) Individualized, non-age-based glycemic control in elderly veterans with diabetes. Diabetes Care. Apr;31(4):728-31. Epub 2008 Jan 17.
  22. Helmer D, Sambamoorthi U, Shen Y, Tseng CL, Rajan M, Tiwari A, Maney M, Pogach L. (2008) Opting out of an integrated healthcare system: dual-system use is associated with poorer glycemic control in veterans with diabetes. Prim Care Diabetes. Jun;2(2):73-80.
  23. Pogach LM, Rajan M, Maney M, Tseng CL, Aron DC. (2010) Hidden complexities in assessment of glycemic outcomes: are quality rankings aligned with treatment? Diabetes Care. Oct;33(10):2133-9. Epub 2010 Jul 9.
  24. Tseng CL, Rajan M, Miller DR, Lafrance JP, Pogach L. (2011) Trends in initial lower extremity amputation rates among veterans health administration health care system users from 2000 to 2004 Diabetes Care. May;34(5):1157-63. Epub 2011 Mar 16.
  25. Helmer D, Tseng CL, Wrobel, J, Tiwari A, Rajan M, Pogach L, Sambamoorthi U, Feinglass J (2011). Assessing the risk of lower extremity amputations using an administrative data-based foot risk index in elderly patients with diabetes. Journal of Diabetes. September;3: 248–255. Epub 2011 May 7.
  26. Feil DG, Rajan M, Soroka O, Tseng CL, Miller DR, Pogach LM. (2011) Risk of hypoglycemia in older veterans with dementia and cognitive impairment: implications for practice and policy. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Dec;59(12):2263-72. Epub 2011 Dec 8.
  27. Rajan M, Lai KC, Tseng CL, Qian S, Selim A, Kazis L, Pogach L, Sinha A.(2012) Estimating utilities for chronic kidney disease, using SF-36 and SF-12-based measures: challenges in a population of veterans with diabetes. Qual Life Res. 2013 Feb;22(1):53-64
  28. Pentakota SR, Rajan M, Fincke BG, Tseng CL, Miller DR, Christiansen CL, Kerr EA, Pogach LM. Does Diabetes Care Differ by Type of Chronic Comorbidity?: An evaluation of the Piette and Kerr framework. Diabetes Care. 2012 Jun;35(6):1285-92. Epub 2012 Mar 19.
  29. Soroka O, Tseng CL, Rajan M, Maney M, Pogach L. A clinical action measure to assess glycemic management in the 65-74 year old veteran population. Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Aug;60(8):1442-7. Epub 2012 Aug 2.
  30. Tseng CL, Soroka O, Maney M, Aron DC, Pogach LM. Assessing Potential Glycemic Overtreatment in Persons at Hypoglycemic Risk. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):259-268.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Travel award, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Annual National Health Disparities Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, (2007)
  • Excellent Research Work Prize for master thesis, Department of Education, Taiwan, (1992)

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Fengming Zhong, MD, PhD

Hematologist/Oncologist,
Medical Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School

Education:

  • Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Molecular Biology, Ph.D., New York, New York
  • Zhejiang University Medical College, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China, M.D.

Areas of Research Interest:

Clinical research involving phase II and III ECOG and pharmaceutical clinical trials (gastrointestinal cancer, hepatocellular Carcinoma, pancreatic cancer, and head and neck cancer)

Memberships:

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
  • VISN 3 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) team, representing the VA New Jersey Healthcare System

Awards and Recognitions:

Clinical Research of Excellence by the National Cancer Institute

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Mark Zimering, MD, PhD

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Chief, Endocrine and Diabetes Section,
Medical Service

Academic Title and School Affiliation:

Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Terminous, Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Education:

  • Harvard College, (1977)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, (1983)

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Fibroblast Growth Factors
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Vascular Complications
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Autoimmunity
  • Memberships:
  • Endocrine Society
  • American Diabetes Association

Select Publications:

  1. Zimering M.B., Eng J. (1996) Increased basic fibroblast growth factor-like substance in plasma from a subset of middle-aged or elderly male diabetic patients with microalbuminuria or proteinuria. J. Clin. Endo Metab 81: 4446-4456.
  2. Zimering, M.B., Alder, J, Thakker-Varia, S. (2009) Neurotrophic effects of fibroblast growth factor- like autoantibodies in serum from three patients with breast cancer. Brain Research, 1251, 276-286.
  3. Zimering MB. Recurrent macular edema and stroke syndrome in Type 1 diabetes with potent endothelial cell inhibitory autoantibodies. (2010) Endocr Pract. 16(5): 842-850.
  4. Zimering MB, Moritz TE and Donnelly RJ (2013) Anti-neurotrophic effects from autoantibodies in adult diabetes having primary open angle glaucoma or dementia. Front. Endocrinol. 4:58. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2013.00058.
  5. Zimering MB, Anderson RJ, Ge L, Moritz TE, Duckworth WC; Investigators for the VADT. Basic fibroblast growth factor predicts cardiovascular disease occurrence in participants from the veterans affairs diabetes trial. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). (2013);4:183. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2013.00183.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Arthur S. Flemming Award, (2003)
  • Inventor, US Patent Number 7,972,798

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