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Dr. Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH

Tenured Professor, Epidemiology


130 DeSoto Street, 5139 Parran South 15261
R-znvy: ebfnabp@rqp.cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-6749
Secondary Phone: 967-838-7959
Fax: 967-179-2842
Web site:

Anna Sangl, fnatyn@rqp.cvgg.rqh, 967-838-7959

Personal Statement

I obtained my MD from the School of Medicine, Palermo, Italy, in 1995 and my Master in Epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. I have received my training in Neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in 1996-98. My research focused on the neuroregenerative potential of the gray and white matter of the central nervous system. As a research associate in the department of Neurobehavioral studies at the University of Pittsburgh, (1999, 2001) I used functional Brain MRI technique to investigate the human brain performance and sensorimotor integration in young and older adults. From 2001-2004, I have conducted research as a National Institute on Aging Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on the epidemiology of age-related brain functional impairment. I am the PI of the e-BRAIN research projects and the PI of the Specialization in Neuroepidemiology.







Scientific Lycee, B. Croce, Palermo, Italy




University of Palermo Medical School, Palermo, Italy










University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Foreign Exchange Program

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Lois Pope Foundation; Neuroregenerative potential of white matter


Policlinico, University of Palermo Medical School, Palermo, Italy


Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine

2001- 2003

Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Anne B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H

Epidemiology of Aging



Alzheimer Disease Research Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Mini residency

Steven T. DeKosky, M.D

Department of Neurology


Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

Trainee for the Aging Training Program

Epidemiology of Aging

Design and analysis of structural and functional brain imaging studies in large epidemiologic populations. PI: A B. Newman


Institute for Clinical Research and Education,University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA


Mentor Training Program

PI: B. Rollman and W.




EPI 2012 - Principles of Neuroepidemiology

Research Description

I have a long standing interest in understanding how the brain adapts to the “normal” processes of aging and disease. This is based on the peculiar observation that some individuals age well, while others decline very rapidly. I am specifically interested in understanding the causes, biomarkers and consequences of brain aging. My goal is to identify the modifiers of brain function and structure and their implications to promote survival free of physical disability and dementia. My research approach is grounded on the application of cutting-edge methods of neuroimaging and clinical measures to epidemiological cohorts’ and randomized clinical trials studies. The application of the most advanced neuroimaging technology to large epidemiological studies of aging makes my research most innovative and of great potential impact. Collectively, my studies constitute a unique and novel resource comprising large datasets of detailed brain and functional markers from several hundreds of individuals. I expect that these data will augment our understanding of brain aging and that they will contribute to the discovery of new approaches to the promotion of survival free from disabilities.

Research Support

Principle Investigator: 

·   NIDDK: Retinal Imaging Markers of Cognition in Adults with T1D

·    NIA: Pittsburgh Older American Independence Center (PI of Integrated Systems Core)

·    NIA: Ultra-high-field neuroimaging in elderly after a two-year exercise intervention


 ·      NIDDK: Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications (EDC) Phase II (PI: Trevor J. Orchard, Epidemiology)

·      NHLBI:  Neurovascular Determinants of Cognitive Function in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease (PI: Enrico Novelli)

·       NIMH: High Performance Imaging for Assessment of Small Vessel Disease in Older Adults with Depression (PI: Howard Aizenstein)

·       NIA: Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Prospective Community Study (PI: Mary Ganguli)

·      NIA: Cognitive Decline, Brain Aging, Physical Environment, and Mobility (PI: Andrea Rosso)

·       DiaComp Coor. And Bioinformatics Unit (CBU) at the Georgia Regents University: Retinal imaging biomarkers of worsening microvascular complications in type 1 diabetes (PI: Karen Nunley)

Research Interests






Selected Publications

Caterina  Rosano
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