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Amy Arnsten, PhD

Albert E. Kent Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology; Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Contact Information

Amy Arnsten, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Neuroscience

    PO Box 208001, 333 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8001

    United States

Appointments

Biography

Dr. Arnsten is an international expert on the molecular regulation of higher cortical circuits, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1976 (where she created the Neuroscience major), and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSD in 1981. She did post-doctoral research with Dr. Susan Iversen at Cambridge University in the UK, and with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic at Yale. Dr. Arnsten's research examines the neural basis of higher cognition. Her work has revealed that the newly evolved cortical circuits that underlie higher cognition are uniquely regulated at the molecular level, conferring vulnerability in mental illness and age-related cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease. Arnsten's research has led to new treatments for cognitive disorders in humans, including the successful translation of guanfacine (IntunivTM) for the treatment of ADHD and related prefrontal cortical disorders.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of California, San Diego (1981)

Honors & Recognition

AwardDate
Member, National Academy of Medicine2017
Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience2015

Departments & Organizations