Manzar Ashtari, PhD, DABR

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  • Background

    Abstracts

    2008

    Ashtari M,.Cervellione K, Cottone J, Kester H, Roofeh D, Ardekani B, Kumra, S. Effect of Marijuana on Adolescent Brain: A Voxelwise Diffusion Analysis with Fiber Tractography. American Society of Neuroradiology, New Orleans, June 2008.

    Ashtari M, Bregman J, Nichols S, McIlree C, Spritzer L, Adesman A, Narain M, Ardekani, B. White Matter Abnormalities in High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Combined Voxelwise and Tractography Analyses. American Society of Neuroradiology, New Orleans, June 2008.

    2007

    Ashtari M, Bregman J, Nichols S, McIlree C, Adesman A, Spritzer L, Wu J, Narain M, Ardekani B. Gray Matter Abnormalities In Youth With ASD (High Functioning Autism And Asperger Syndrome) Using A Novel Method Of Diffusion Based Morphometry. IMFAR, PS 4.67 page 146. International Meeting for Autism Research (2007) Seattle Washington.

    2006

    Ashtari M, Ardekani B, Wu J, Cervellione K, Anderson A, Kester H, Roofeh D, McIlree C, Szeszko P, Kane J, Kurma S. Brain Morphometry in Adolescents with Early Onset Schizophrenia Using Apparent Diffusion Coefficient. Human Brain Mapping International Meeting, Florence Italy 2006.

    Ashtari M, Ardekani B, Wu J, McIlree C, Kester K, Cervellione K, Chen S, Anderson B, Szeszko P, Kane J, Kumra S. Normal Development of the Left Arcuate Fasciculus in Late Adolescence Healthy Males: A Quantitative Tractography Evaluation. Human Brain Mapping International Meeting Florence Italy 2006.

    Ashtari M, Cervellione K, Wu J, Anderson B, Roofeh D, McIlree C, Ardekani B, Szeszko P, Kane J, Kumra S. Gender Differences in Brain Morphology of Adolescents with Early-Onset Schizophrenia Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Human Brain Mapping International Meeting Florence Italy 2006.

    2005

    Ashtari M, Hassan KM, Kester H, Ardekani B, Cervellione K, Wu J, McIlree C, Szeszko PR, Kumra S. White Matter Development During Late Adolescence in Healthy Males: A Cross Sectional Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2005) Seattle Washington.

    Ashtari M, Kumra S, Wu J, Kane J, Szeszko P, Ardekani B. The Impact of Recurrent Exposure to Cannabis on Brain Development in Adolescents with Schizophrenia and Healthy Volunteers. Radiological Society of North America (2005) Chicago Illinois.

    2004

    Ashtari M, Abubakr A, Wambacq I, Tanenbaum L. High Field Chemical Shift Imaging In Patients With Intractable Epilepsy. Poster. 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Budapest, Hungary.

    Ashtari M, Kumra S, Ardekani B, Clarke T, Becker D, Roofeh D, Kane J, Szeszko P. Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Children with Early Onset of Schizophrenia. 12th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.

    Ashtari M, Kumra S, Ardekani B, Clarke T, Bhaskar S, Adesman A. Stimulant Medications and Brain Normalization Effect in Treated ADHD Patients: A Preliminary Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. 91st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, Illinois.

    Ashtari M, Kumra S, Bhaskar S, Ardekani B, Clarke T, Diamond A. Diffusion Tensor Imaging Reveals New Areas of Involvement in Patient with ADHD. Poster Presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Budapest, Hungary.

    Ashtari M, Kumra S, Bhaskar S, Ardekani B, Clarke T, Diamond A. Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Fifty-Ninth Annual Convention and Scientific Program of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, New York, NY.

    Ashtari M, Kumra S, Clarke T, Ardekani B, Bhaskar S, Rhinewine J. Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. 91st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, Illinois.

    Ashtari M, Mittler M, Perrine K, Diamond A, Clarke T. Combined DTI and fMRI Application in Presurgical Evaluation of Patients with Brain Tumor. 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Budapest, Hungary. Gunduz-Bruce H, Narr KL,

    Toga AW, Szeszko PR, Gueorguieva R, Ashtari M, Robinson D, Kane JM, Bilder RM. Physiological correlates of brain morphology in patients with schizophrenia and healthy comparison subjects. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 219S.

    Kumra S, Ashtari A, Becker B. Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Investigation of the Left Centrum Semiovale in Adolescents with Schizophrenia. Fifty-Ninth Annual Convention and Scientific Program of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, New York, NY.

    Kumra S, Ashtari M, Ardekani B, Clarke T, Szeszko P, Kane J. Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Voxel Based Analysis in Children with Early Onset Schizophrenia. 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Budapest, Hungary

    Kumra S, Ashtari M, Szeszko P. Compounded White Matter Microstructure Abnormalities in Schizophrenia-Cannabis Comorbidity. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 20S. Kumra S, Ashtari M, Szeszko P. Diffusion tensor imaging of children with early onset schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 219S.

    Szeszko P, Chen S, Robinson D, McMeniman M, Rupp C, Lim K, Ashtari M, Malhotra A, Kane J, Bilder R. Prefrontal Cortical and White Matter Abnormalities in First-Episode Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 73S.

    Szeszko PR, Lipsky RH, Mentschel C, Robinson D, Ashtari M, Bilder RM, Kane JM, Malhotra AK. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor val66 met polymorphism and hippocampal volume in healthy volunteers and schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 242S.

    Awards

    2005, Long Island Fund for Woman & Girls Winner of the Woman achievers Against the Odds

    2004, Nassau County Office of the Executive Citation award on outstanding contribution to Asian Pacific American Society

    2004, Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs Winner of the first Annual Pacific Americans of Distinction Award

    1977, Arymehr University Scholarship for PhD in Nuclear Engineering at MIT

    1977, Recipient of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Scholarship for PhD in Nuclear Engineering at MIT

    1975, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Scholarship Award to study in a Master Degree program at MIT

    Leadership

    Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine
    Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
    American College of Radiology
    American Association of Physicists in Medicine
    Human Brain Mapping

    Original Articles

    2009

    Ashtari M, Cervellione K, Cottone J, Ardekani BA, Kumra S. Diffusion abnormalities in adolescents and young adults with a history of heavy cannabis use. Psychiatr Res. 2009 Jan;43(3):189-204.

    2008

    Christian CJ, Lencz T, Robinson DG, Burdick KE, Ashtari M, Malhotra AK, Betensky JD, Szeszko PR. Gray matter structural alteration in obsessive-compulsive disorder: relationship to neuropsychological functions. Psychiatry Res. 2008 Nov 30;164(2):123-31.

    Szeszko PR, Robinson DG, Ashtari M, Vogel J, Betensky J, Sevy S, Ardekani BA, Lencz T, Malhotra AK, McCormack J, Miller R, Lim KO, Gunduz-Bruce H, Kane JM, Bilder RM. Clinical and neuropsychological correlates of white matter abnormalities in recent onset schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2008 Apr;33(5):976-84.

    2007

    Ashtari M, Cottone J, Ardekani BA, Cervellione K, Szeszko PR, Wu J, Chen S, Kumra S. Lower white matter integrity of the inferior longitudinal fasciculus is associated with visual hallucinations in adolescents with schizophrenia. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007 Nov ;64 (11):1270-1280.

    Serene JA, Ashtari M, Szeszko PR, Kumra S. Neuroimaging Studies of Children With Serious Emotional Disturbances: A Selective Review. La Revue canadienne de psychiatrie, vol 52, no 3, mars 2007.

    Ashtari M, Cervellione KC, Hasan KM, McIlree C, Kester H, Ardekani BA, Roofeh D, Wu J, Szeszko PR, Kumra S. White Matter Development during Late Adolescence in Healthy Males: A Cross-Sectional Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. Neuroimage Vol 35, Issue 2, 1 April 2007; 501-510.

    Szeszko PR, Robinson DG, Sevy S, Kumra S, Rupp CI, Betensky JD, Lencz T, Ashtari M, Kane JM, Malhotra AK, Gunduz-Bruce H, Napolitano B, Bilder RM. Anterior cingulate grey-matter deficits and cannabis use in first-episode schizophrenia. Br J Psychiatry, 2007 Mar;190;230-6.

    Gunduz-Bruce H, Narr KL, Gueorguieva R, Toga AW, Szesko PR, Ashtari M, Robinson DG, Sevy S, Kane JM, Bilder RM. CSF sub-compartments in relation to plasma osmolality in healthy controls and in patients with first episode schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2007 Mar 28.

    2006

    Szeszko PR, Betensky JD, Mentschel C, Gunduz-Bruce H, Lencz T, Ashtari M, Malhotra AK, Bilder RM. Increased stress and smaller anterior hippocampal volume. Neuroreport, 2006 Nov 27; 17(17):1825-8

    Kumra S, Ashtari M, Anderson B, Cervellione KL, Kan L. Ethical and practical considerations in the management of incidental findings in pediatric MRI studies. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, Aug; 45(8):1000-6.

    deAsis JM, Greenwald BS, Alexopoulos GS, Kiosses DN, Ashtari M, Heo M, Young RC. Frontal signal hyperintensities in mania in old age. Am J Psychiatry, Jul; 14(7): 598-604.

    2005

    Ardekani BA, Bappal A, D'Angelo D, Ashtari M, Lencz T, Szeszko PR, Butler PD, Javitt DC, Lim KO, Hrabe J, Nierenberg J, Branch CA, Hoptman MJ. Brain morphometry using diffusion weighted MRI: Application to schizophrenia. Neuroreport Sep 8; 16(13):1455-1459.

    Szeszko PR, Ardekani BA, Ashtari M, Malhotra AK, Robinson DG, Bilder RM, Lim KO. White matter abnormalities in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a diffusion tensor imaging study. Arch Gen Psychiatry. Jul; 62(7):782-90.

    Ashtari M, Perrine K, Elbaz R, Syed U, Thaden E, McIlree C, Dolgoff-Kaspar R, Diamond A, Ettinger A. Mapping the functional anatomy of sentence comprehension and application to pre-surgical evaluation of patients with brain tumors. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 26(6):1461-8.

    Ashtari M, Kumra S, Bhaskar S, Clarke T, Thaden E, Cervellione K, Rhinewine J, Kane J, Adesman A, Milanaik R, Maytal J, Diamond A, Szeszko P, Ardekani B. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Preliminary Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. Biol Psychiatry, 57(5): 448-55.

    Kumar P, Leonidas JC, Ashtari M, Napolitano B, Steele AM. Comparison of lung area by chest radiograph, with estimation of lung volume by helium dilution during prone and supine positioning in mechanically ventilated preterm infants: A pilot study. Pediatr Pulmonol, 40(3):219-222.

    Szeszko PR, Ardekani BA, Ashtari M, Kumra S, Robinson DG, Sevy S, Gunduz-Bruce H, Malhotra AK, Kane JM, Bilder RM, Lim KO. White matter abnormalities in first-episode schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder: a diffusion tensor imaging study. Am J Psychiatry, 162(3): 602-5.

    Szeszko PR, Lipsky R, Mentschel C, Robinson D, Gunduz-Bruce H, Sevy S, Ashtari M, Napolitano B, Bilder RM, Kane JM, Goldman D, Malhotra AK. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor val66met polymorphism and volume of the hippocampal formation. Mol Psychiatry, 10(7):631-6.

    2004

    Ashtari M, Lencz T, Zuffante P, Bilder R, Clarke T, Diamond A, Kane J, Szeszko P). Left middle temporal gyrus activation during a phonemic discrimination task. Neuroreport, 15(3): 389-93.

    Kumra S, Ashtari M, Cervellione K, Schvartz I, Kester H, Roofeh D, Wu J, Clarke T, Thaden E, Kane M, Rhinewine J, Diamond A, Ardekani B, Szeszko P. White Matter Abnormalities in Early-Onset Schizophrenia: A Voxel-Based Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. J. Am. Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. Sep; 44(9): 934-941.

  • Education and Training

    Additional Training

    MS, PhD, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Board Certification

    Radiological Physics

    Undergraduate Degree

    BS, Physics, Tehran University, Iran

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Professor of Radiology

  • Centers and Programs