Elaine Peskind, MD

Personal Statement

I am Co-Director of the VA VISN 20 (Northwest Network) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). I am also the Friends of Alzheimer’s Research Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and am Associate Director of the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. My research over the past 30 years has addressed cognitive and behavioral problems and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers in neurodegenerative dementing disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. More recently, my research has focused on combat trauma posttraumatic stress disorder and the clinical phenomenology as well as neuroimaging and CSF biomarkers of neurodegeneration in combat blast concussion mild traumatic brain injury and in Gulf War Veterans Illness. I continue to conduct single site as well as multi-site large scale studies of CSF biomarkers and pharmacological treatment trials for behavioral disorders and traumatic brain injury.

Summary of my research program:

Blast Concussion Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
Strategies: multimodal neuroimaging: structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (diffusion tensor imaging [DTI], DTI tractography, macromolecular proton fraction mapping, resting state and task-based functional MRI; susceptibility-weighted imaging, FDG-positron emission tomography [PET]; cerebrospinal fluid and plasma biomarkers; genetic risk factors; clinical, neurocognitive and behavioral assessments,

Gulf War Veterans Illness (GWVI)
Strategies: multimodal neuroimaging and CSF and plasma biomarkers as described above, epigenetics, pain sensitivity testing and ability to activate endogenous opioid systems, and functional activity of paraoxonase I, the enzyme that metabolizes organophosphate insecticides.

Cerebrospinal Fluid and Plasma Biomarkers of Neurodegeneration Strategies: Bead-based multiplex assays using Luminex and Meso-Scale platforms, Quanterix ultra-sensitive platform, and broad-scale mass spectrometry for measurement of proteins, circulating RNAs, microRNAs in collaboration with VA/UW and Institute for Systems Biology investigators.

Pharmacologic Treatment of Disruptive Agitation in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
Strategies: Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study multi-center randomized placebo-controlled trial of the alpha-1 adrenoreceptor antagonist, prazosin, for treatment of disruptive agitation in AD.

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Cerebrospinal Fluid MicroRNA Changes in Cognitively Normal Veterans With a History of Deployment-Associated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
(2021)
Front Neurosci 15(): 720778
Lusardi TA, Sandau US, Sakhanenko NA, Baker SCB, Wiedrick JT, Lapidus JA, Raskind MA, Li G, Peskind ER, Galas DJ, Quinn JF, Saugstad JA

Developing methods to detect and diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy during life: rationale, design, and methodology for the DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project.
(2021 Aug 12)
Alzheimers Res Ther 13(1): 136
Alosco ML, Mariani ML, Adler CH, Balcer LJ, Bernick C, Au R, Banks SJ, Barr WB, Bouix S, Cantu RC, Coleman MJ, Dodick DW, Farrer LA, Geda YE, Katz DI, Koerte IK, Kowall NW, Lin AP, Marcus DS, Marek KL, McClean MD, McKee AC, Mez J, Palmisano JN, Peskind ER, Tripodis Y, Turner RW 2nd, Wethe JV, Cummings JL, Reiman EM, Shenton ME, Stern RA, DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project Investigators.

A metabolomic aging clock using human CSF.
(2021 Aug 12)
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci
Hwangbo N, Zhang X, Raftery D, Gu H, Hu SC, Montine TJ, Quinn JF, Chung KA, Hiller AL, Wang D, Fei Q, Bettcher L, Zabetian CP, Peskind E, Li G, Promislow DEL, Franks A

Oxidative Stress Signaling in Blast TBI-Induced Tau Phosphorylation.
(2021 Jun 15)
Antioxidants (Basel) 10(6):
Wang C, Shao C, Zhang L, Siedlak SL, Meabon JS, Peskind ER, Lu Y, Wang W, Perry G, Cook DG, Zhu X

State-of-the-art of lumbar puncture and its place in the journey of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
(2021 May 27)
Alzheimers Dement
Hampel H, Shaw LM, Aisen P, Chen C, Lleó A, Iwatsubo T, Iwata A, Yamada M, Ikeuchi T, Jia J, Wang H, Teunissen CE, Peskind E, Blennow K, Cummings J, Vergallo A

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