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Dr. Antonio Convit

Director

Obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and trained in Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. He is a tenured Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Radiology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City.  He has been involved in research and teaching for the last 30 years and has published over 140 scientific articles. For the last 15 years, the research group he leads has focused by utilizing in vivo MRI imaging techniques, neuropsychological test performance, and endocrine and inflammatory markers to understand how the brain is affected by obesity and associated metabolic disease. This work has focused on studying the brain as a site of “complications” in type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. 

Dr. Convit’s work has been at the leading edge of our understanding of how the brain is affected by obesity and diabetes and his contributions in this area were some of the very first reports in the literature. Now that the adverse effects of obesity and diabetes on the brain have been well demonstrated, Dr. Convit’s works has focused on understanding if this brain damage is reversible with large weight loss and improvement of diabetes control. Even more recently his scientific work has focused on understanding the boundaries between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Antonio Convit is also the Deputy Director of the Nathan Kline Institute (NKI), which is a research organization supported by New York State Office of Mental Health. NKI has about 300 researchers and staff and is at the technological forefront of both human and animal studies in psychiatric illness. He is also on the Board Committee for the Sackler Institute of Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences.