Visiting Associate Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Vincent Jerome Schmithorst

Visiting Associate Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Biography

Education

Graduate School:1997 PhD University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Research Interests

  • Cortical Reorganization in Children with Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric Functional Neuroimaging Research Network
  • Functional MRI of hearing-impaired pediatric subjects. I have developed silent fMRI techniques suitable for use in the hearing-impaired pediatric population. I am interested in using them to investigate cortical reorganization following unilateral hearing loss, as well as the suitability of fMRI as a preoperative indicator for cochlear implantation in patients with severe-to-profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Auditory Processing Disorder. I am interested in investigating the etiology and neurobiological underpinnings of APD in children using functional MRI. Current research suggests APD may in fact be more of a cognitive than a sensory disorder; if this is confirmed using neuroimaging techniques, this result will have profound implications for diagnosis and management strategies.
  • White matter microstructure in the pediatric population. I am interested in investigating the normal development of white matter as well as its correlates with intelligence and other measures of cognitive function.
  • Novel image analysis techniques for use on neuroimaging data. I have extensively utilized Independent Component Analysis (ICA), a data-driven method, as a complementary technique to conventional hypothesis-driven methods such as the General Linear Model (GLM) for analysis of fMRI data. I aim to use machine-learning techniques (multivariate pattern analysis) to enable functional MRI data (and other MRI data such as diffusion) to predict psychological and other pathologies, as well as outcomes.

View Dr. Schmithorst's full list of publications from PubMed.

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