Helene Benveniste, MD, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology

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Dr. Benveniste is Professor of Anesthesia at Yale. She received her Bachelors degree in Mathematics & Physics from Katedralskolen, Denmark, and went on to the University of Copenhagen, for her MD in 1989 and PhD (Doctor Medicinae) in 1991. As a Research Fellow she trained in high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Duke University Medical Center with Dr. G. Allen Johnson and developed techniques for brain imaging focused on neurodegenerative disease processes including Alzheimer’s Disease. She then went on to take her internship training in Family Medicine and residency in Anesthesiology also at Duke University. Dr. Benveniste joined the faculty in the department of Anesthesiology, Duke University in 1996, where she continued her work in developing diagnostic MRI based platforms for early detection of AD.

In 2001 Dr. Benveniste joined the department of Anesthesiology at Stony Book Medical Center as faculty and set up a preclinical MRI facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory; PET technology was integrated into her work to measure the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of psychoactive compounds and anesthetic drugs. In 2015, Dr. Benveniste’s laboratory became involved with studies of the ‘glymphatic pathway’ which is a novel peri-vascular based system in the central nervous system involved in brain waste removal. Dr. Benveniste has received national and international recognition for her work. In November of 2016, Benveniste moved to Yale University, where she joined the Department of Anesthesiology and is expanding her research program in understanding how the glymphatic system and cerebrospinal fluid transport is affected in neurodegenerative disease states and aging.

Currently, Dr. Benveniste's research program has several areas of focus. With regard to the glymphatic pathway studies, Benveniste is engaged in preclinical MRI studies to understand how the brain’s waste removal pathways are affected in cerebral amyloid angiopathy, AD and small vessel disease; in collaboration with MR colleagues from the MRRC. In addition, Benveniste has active clinical research interests in addiction to substances of abuse and is actively involved conducting several collaborative studies with colleagues at NIAAA and University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Education & Training

PhD University of Copenhagen, Neurobiology (1991)
MD University of Copenhagen (1986)

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Helene Benveniste, MD, PhD
Office Location
Tompkins Memorial Pavilion
789 Howard Avenue, Fl 3rd Rm 332

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
AnesthesiologyPO Box 208051
New Haven, CT 06520-8051