Investigator Profile: Nancy Andreasen, University of Iowa

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A sudden interest in medicine after experiencing health complications paved the way for University of Iowa psychiatry Professor and Director of the Iowa Neuroimaging Consortium Nancy Andreasen’s pioneering career. Originally, she had an interest in English, philosophy, and history; she earned a Ph.D. in English literature before deciding to pursue an M.D. in psychiatry at the UI, Andreasen said. She is a prominent neuroscientist and psychiatrist.  Throughout her career, she has successfully integrated interests in the arts and sciences. Her Ph.D. is in English literature, with specialization in Renaissance literature. Her first book was "John Donne: Conservative Revolutionary." After spending five years as an English professor, she changed fields, attended medical school, and began her career as a physician-neuroscientist.

Her research spans multiple topics, including creativity, spirituality, neuroimaging, genomics, and the natural history and neural mechanisms of schizophrenia. Her career has been marked by many "firsts": the first quantitative Magnetic Resonance (MR) study of schizophrenia; development of the first scales to measure the positive and negative symptoms of schiz...

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