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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.

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Duygu Tosun-Turgut, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF
SFVAMC Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Diagnosing Neurodegenerative Disorders using Advanced Neuroimaging Techniques

Duygu Tosun-Turgut, PhD, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, and at the Center of Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Tosun-Turgut obtained her BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey in 1999, and she received her MSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Maryland in 2001. In 2003, she completed her MA in Mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University, and she earned her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 2005, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008.

The research of Dr. Tosun-Turgut is in the field of neuroimaging in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. The goal of Dr. Tosun-Turgut's research program is to apply advanced imaging technology to identify multi-disciplinary and multi-modality biomarkers to detect the pathophysiological progression of neuropathologies before they cause irreversible damage to the brain. She aims to develop validated imaging markers, potentially providing a means of monitoring the efficacy and regional specificity of drug therapy for neurodegenerative diseases. This will have a broad use in early diagnosis, facilitating initiation of prevention strategies in those at risk, and boost the power of drug therapy trials by selecting those at greatest risk of neurodegenerative diseases. In recognition to her contributions in neuroimaging and aging, she was awarded the AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator Award for Excellence in Imaging and Aging Research both in 2010 and 2011, and de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging, Junior Investigator Award during Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in 2011. Dr. Tosun-Turgut's research program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and California Department of Public Health.

To see Dr. Tosun-Turgut on Pub Med, click here.