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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Dieter Johannes Meyerhoff, PhD

Senior Researcher, Radiology Service, SFVAHCS
Professor of Radiology, UCSF

Email: dieter.meyerhoff@ucsf.edu

Brain imaging of pathologies common in US Veterans

Dieter J. Meyerhoff, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Senior Researcher at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also Co-Director of the Treatment Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Meyerhoff completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the Westphälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster, Germany, and he obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the same university. His postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Chemistry focused on two-dimensional high-resolution NMR spectroscopy. In 1987, he assumed a research position at the University of California San Francisco to pursue the application of magnetic resonance methods in animals and humans.

Dr. Meyerhoff’s primary research goals are to better understand the neurodegenerative processes associated with specific insults to the human brain and the repair processes that are initiated after removal of these insults. Being located at the VA, Dr. Meyerhoff studies insults exceedingly common in the brain of veterans with substance dependence (alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and nicotine), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Gulf War Syndrome, and HIV infection. As founding member of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIND), he uses various proton magnetic resonance methods (structural, metabolic, functional, perfusion, and diffusion) in patients to study mechanisms of neurodegenerative insults and recovery from them under special consideration of behavioral and cognitive correlates as well as genetic determinants.

Dr. Meyerhoff has served for more than 20 years as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, and Co-Investigator on NIH- and DoD-funded research projects. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed original research articles, has co-authored more than 30 review articles and book chapters and presented more than 300 abstracts at national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Meyerhoff has advised and mentored many junior investigators who have gone on to lead independent research careers.

To see Dr. Meyerhoff on Pub Med, click here.