Robyn Honea, DPhil

Robyn Honea

Robyn Honea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Director of the laboratory of Brain Imaging and Neurogenetics. She is also a member of the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center Neuroimaging Core, the Center for Health Behavior Neuroscience, and collaborates with the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center.

Biographical Sketch

A native Texan, Dr. Honea graduated from Vanderbilt University and then worked under a predoctoral training award in the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Washington DC, focusing in brain imaging. She did her doctoral work at the University of Oxford in England in the department of Experimental Psychology, doing work with imaging genetics of mental illness. She also continued research at the NIMH in Washington, D.C. as part of the Graduate Partnerships Program Award. The focus of her thesis was on using Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to investigate structural and functional abnormalities associated with the genetics of mental illness. Dr. Honea completed a two year post doctoral fellowship in Neurology and Alzheimer's disease at the Alzheimer's and Memory Program here at KUMC, under Jeffrey Burns, M.D. She joined the faculty in the Department of Neurology in 2009, and joined the faculty in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology in 2012. Dr. Honea's memberships include the Society for Neuroscience, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Association for Women in Science, American Society for Human Genetics, and KUMC Women in Medicine and Science. She has served as an executive board member for the Alzheimer's Association, Heart of America Chapter, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and ISRN Geriatrics.

Research Summary

Dr. Honea is primarily funded by an NIA K01 award studying genetic variants in Alzheimer’s Disease and neuroimaging biomarkers, and by a KU ADC Pilot which focuses is on using various brain imaging modalities to understand more about mitochondrial genetic risk and aging. Her ongoing research focus is on family history and risk for AD. She is involved in a variety of research involving neuroimaging in aging and Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson's Disease Dementia, and Amyotropic Lateral Schlerosis. Her current interests also include using brain imaging to study the underlying neural mechanisms and role of genetics in obesity. This is part of her collaborative work with the Center for Health Behavior Neuroscience, Directed by Cary Savage, Ph.D.

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