Faculty initiate Caterina Rosano (EPI ’03) is a physician-scientist and neuroepidemiologist at the forefront internationally of investigating the mechanisms underlying physical and cognitive independence in older adults. Her publication record includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers (most as lead or senior author) that trace a logical and scientifically solid link between long-term exposure to cardiometabolic/lifestyle factors, integrity of selected brain networks, and maintenance of function in older age. Her work is being recognized in high-impact journals, including Neurology, Diabetes Care, and Alzheimer Disease.
Rosano is principal investigator of an active, multisite U01 research grant and an Alzheimer's supplement randomized clinical trial, and she is core leader of the Claude Pepper Center of Mobility. She is codirector of a new National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded T32 training program in population neuroscience and the founding director of Pitt’s specialization in neuroepidemiology, which promotes the cross-training of physician-scientists, junior faculty, fellows, and doctoral students in the fields of population science and neuroscience and geroscience. Her mentees—who come from a variety of backgrounds in addition to epidemiology, including physiology, behavioral and community health science, and biostatistics—have all gone on to pursue successful careers both in academia and in other fields. Rosano recently was awarded membership in the prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation. She has served as a member of the NIA Neuroscience Study Section and of the American Federation for Aging Research National Scientific Advisory Council. She is associate editor of the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, and editor of Neuroepidemiology (Handbook of Clinical Neurology).