C. Elizabeth Shaaban, PhD, MPH

Visiting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

REC Scholar, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Contact

R-znvy: Orgu.Funnona@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-193-9037


Personal Statement

I am a population neuroscientist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. I am also a University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center REC Scholar working with the Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement (ORE) Core. I completed my PhD in epidemiology in Dr. Caterina Rosano’s lab, where I trained in ultra-high field (7T) neuroimaging of cerebral small vessel disease and population neuroscience of aging. During my postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the Population Neuroscience of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease T32 at the University of Pittsburgh, I trained with Drs. Ann Cohen and Bill Klunk and expanded my work to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, gender/sex, and additional neuroimaging methods. I integrate the methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, neuroscience, and psychology to study vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), using a population neuroscience framework.

 

I have been funded by NIH through both T32 and F31 awards, and I have recently submitted a K01 application to NIA applying a population neuroscience approach to evaluate whether there are sex differences in the cerebral small vessel disease-to-AD pathophysiological cascade. My aim is to gain insight into sex-specific intervention targets to reduce AD and promote brain health equity.


Education

2018 | PhD | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA |
Graduate School of Public Health | Epidemiology | Population Neuroscience of Aging & Neuroepidemiology Specialization

 

2021 (anticipated) | MS | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA |
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences | Neuroscience

 

2010 | MPH | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA |
Graduate School of Public Health | Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

 

2001 | BS | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA |
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences | Psychology


Teaching

1.    Fall 2020-Spring 2021. Course Director for Topics at Noon Seminar Series of the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
2.    October 2020. Grants workshopping. Guest Lecturer for EPIDEMIOLOGY 2921: Grant Writing (Dr. Lisa Bodnar, Course Faculty).
3.    October 2019. Neuroimaging. Guest Lecturer for EPIDEMIOLOGY 2017: Population Neuroscience Seminar (Dr. Andrea Rosso, Course Faculty).
4.    September 2019. Grants workshopping. Guest Lecturer for EPIDEMIOLOGY 2921: Grant Writing (Dr. Lisa Bodnar, Course Faculty).
5.    February 2019. Assessment of cognition and dementia in epidemiological studies. Organizer, moderator, presenter for EPIDEMIOLOGY Seminar.
6.    October 2018. Neuroimaging. Guest Lecturer for EPIDEMIOLOGY 2017: Population Neuroscience Seminar (Dr. Andrea Rosso, Course Faculty).
7.    Summer 2018. GERON 2007. Caregiving in Aging. Adjunct Faculty Instructor. University of Pittsburgh University Center for Social and Urban Research Online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.
8.    Spring 2016. Teaching assistant for in EPIDEMIOLOGY 2012: Principles of Neuroepidemiology and Population Neuroscience.
9.    March 24, 2016. Review of Neuroepidemiology and Population Neuroscience Methods. Guest Lecturer for EPIDEMIOLOGY 2012: Principles of Neuroepidemiology and Population Neuroscience.
10.    January 28, 2016. PET Neuroimaging Overview. Guest Lecturer for EPIDEMIOLOGY 2012: Principles of Neuroepidemiology and Population Neuroscience.
11.    October 2012.  Beyond the Mini Mental:  Assessing Cognition in the Elderly. Guest Lecturer for geriatric assessment breakout session for 3rd year medical students, University of Pittsburgh.
12.    October 2011.  Beyond the Mini Mental:  Assessing Cognition in the Elderly. Guest Lecturer for geriatric assessment breakout session for 3rd year medical students, University of Pittsburgh.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Gerontological Society of America
Society for Epidemiologic Research
International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART)
International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism

 


FUNDING

PREVIOUS

 

Population Neuroscience of Aging & Alzheimer's Disease T32 | Role: Postdoctoral Fellow |
MPI: Caterina Rosano, Epidemiology & Mary Ganguli, Psychiatry |
NIA T32 AG055381

 

Momentum Funds Teaming Grant | Role: Co-I |
PI: Richard Boyce, Biomedical Informatics |
Internal University of Pittsburgh Funding


F31 Predoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award | Role: PI |
NIA F31AG054084

 

University of Pittsburgh Pepper Center Pilot Grant | Role: Lead Project Scientist |
MPI: Caterina Rosano, Epidemiology & Abbe de Vallejo, Pediatrics & Immunology

 

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Behavioral Brain T32 | Role: Predoctoral Fellow |
MPI: Julie A. Fiez, Psychology and Lori Holt, Psychology @ Carnegie Mellon University
NIGMS T32GM081760


Selected Publications

Note: I have publications and presentations under both Shaaban CE and Sarles CE.

MyNCBI bibliography

C. Elizabeth  Shaaban