Beau Ances, M.D., Ph.D.

Daniel J. Brennan Professor

Neurosciences Program
Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program
Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Program

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  • Alzheimer’s disease, blood flow, brain mapping, dementia, HIV, MRI

  • Characterization of Dementia (HIV associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and Alzheimer`s Disease (AD) using functional magnetic resonance imaging

Research Abstract:

The objective of the Ances laboratory is to look at the effects of dementia on brain structure and function. Our laboratory studies both HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) and Alzheimer`s Disease (AD). Our group: 1) characterizes HAND using blood oxygen level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD fMRI) 2) characterizes the effects of AD on BOLD functional networks. For both diseases (HAND and AD) we compare neuroimaging results to both neuropsychological and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers. The ultimate goal is to create a non-invasive neuroimaging tool for early detection and treatment of dementia.

Selected Publications:

Brier MR, Thomas JB, Snyder AZ, Benzinger TL, Zhang D, Raichle ME, Holtzman DM, Morris JC, Ances BM.Loss of intranetwork and internetwork resting state functional connections with Alzheimer`s disease progression. J Neurosci. 2012 Jun 27;32(26):8890-9.

Wright PW, Heaps JM, Shimony JS, Thomas JB, Ances BM. The effects of HIV and combination antiretroviral therapy on white matter integrity. AIDS. 2012 Jul 31;26(12):1501-8.

Ances BM, Christensen JJ, Teshome M, Taylor J, Xiong C, Aldea P, Fagan AM, Holtzman DM, Morris JC, Mintun MA, Clifford DB. Cognitively unimpaired HIV-positive subjects do not have increased 11C-PiB. A case-control study. Neurology. 2010 Jul 13;75(2):111-5. Epub 2010 Jun 9.

Ances BM, Vaida F, Yeh MJ, Liang CL, Buxton RB, Letendre S, McCutchan JA, Ellis RJ. HIV infection and aging independently affect brain function as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging. J Infect Dis 201(3): 336-340.

Ances BM, Sisti D, Vaida F, Liang CL, Leontiev O, Perthen JE, Buxton RB, Benson D, Smith DM, Little SJ, Richman DD, Moore DJ, Ellis RJ; HNRC group. Resting cerebral blood flow: a potential biomarker of the effects of HIV in the brain. Neurology 2009 Sep 1;73(9): 702-8.

Ances BM, Liang CL, Leontiev O, Perthen JE, Fleisher AS, Lansing AE, Buxton RB. Effects of aging on cerebral blood flow, oxygen metabolism, and blood oxygenation level dependent responses to visual stimulation. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Apr; 30(4): 1120-32.

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