Major Research Areas

Researchers in the College of Graduate Studies focus their efforts where it truly matters—on the diseases and illnesses that affect many people. Much of our research activity is grouped into four areas of concentration: cancer; infectious diseases; disorders of the nervous system; and diabetes, metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases.

Wendy R Kates, PhD

Wendy R Kates, PhD
Appointed 06/17/02
3731A Institute For Human Performance
505 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-3270

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Biomedical Sciences Program
  • Center for Psychiatric Neuroimaging
  • Medical Genetics Research Center
  • Neuroscience Program
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Research Pillars

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Education & Fellowships

  • BS: University of Chicago
  • PhD: University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Anatomic and functional imaging investigations of neurodevelopment in individuals with genetic or psychiatric disorders

Clinical Trials

  • Research Study of Brain Development in Adolescence
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Web Resources


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Research Abstract

Our laboratory studies the brain and behavioral development of children with velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS). VCFS is caused by a microdeletion in the long arm of chromosome 22 (22q.11) and is associated with craniofacial anomalies, cardiac defects, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disorders. Up to 30% of adults with VCFS develop schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Study participants are administered a battery of neuropsychological and psychiatric testing, smooth pursuit eye tracking tasks, as well as a brain MRI scan. Subjects are evaluated at Time 1 and again three years later, at Time 2. Our aim is to determine 1) the phenomenology and natural history of child psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents with VCFS, and 2) whether abnormalities in brain morphology and putative biomarkers of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (which include eye tracking performance, sustained attention, and working memory), are present and co-occur in children and adolescents with VCFS. Ultimately, we hope to determine whether subjects who display brain abnormalities and putative biomarkers for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder deteriorate in adaptive/psychosocial function or mood regulation between Time 1 and Time 2.
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