Project 1 – Dr. Sarah Banks

The Relationship between Neuropsychological Testing and MRI, PET and Blood Biomarkers in Neurodegenerative Disease

Sarah J. Banks, Ph.D

The Neuropsych team

Specific Aims:

  1. Establish the relationship between neuropsychological tests results to findings on resting state fMRI in the AD continuum (mild cognitive impairment [MCI], mild to moderate AD) in comparison with cognitively normal controls (CNC)
  2. Establish the relationship between neuropsychological test scores and neuroimaging biomarkers of inflammation (microglial imaging) in patients with diagnoses of AD and PD


  • Dr. Ece Bayram (Fellow)
  • January Durant
  • Christin Nance
  • Dr. Virendra Mishra
  • Karthik Sreenivasan

Internal Mentor

Stephen Rao, Ph.D.
Cleveland Clinic
Director of the Schey Center for Neurocognitive Imaging
(Mentor: Project 1)

Dietmar Cordes, Ph.D.
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Director, Brain Imaging Program
(Mentor: Project 1,2)

Daniel N. Allen, Ph.D.
Lincy Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training
(Mentor: Project 1)