Dieter Meyerhoff, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco and at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also Co-Director of the Treatment Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Meyerhoff completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Westphälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster, Germany, and he obtained his PhD in Chemistry at Westphälische Wilhelms Universität, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley Department of Chemistry.
Dr. Meyerhoff’s research goal is to better understand the neurodegenerative processes associated with specific insults to the human brain and repair process after removal of these insults. At the VA, Dr. Meyerhoff studies insults exceedingly common in the brain of veterans with substance dependence (alcohol, cocaine, and nicotine), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Gulf War Syndrome, and HIV infection. As senior scientist at the CIND, he primarily uses 1H MR to study mechanisms of neurodegenerative insults and recovery from them under special consideration of behavioral and cognitive correlations as well as genetic determinants.
Dr. Meyerhoff serves as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, and Co-Investigator on numerous NIH- and DoD-funded research projects. Dr. Meyerhoff has published more than 120 peer-reviewed research articles, has written and co-authored about 15 book chapters and presented more than 250 abstracts at national and international scientific meetings.
nuclear magnetic resonance, neuroimaging
Neurodegenerative processes, structural MRI, metabolic imaging via MR spectroscopy, perfusion, and diffusion tensor imaging
Magnetic resonance, cognition, brain, substance use disorders (alcohol, cocaine, tobacco, heroin, polysubstances), addiction, obesity, HIV/AIDS, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), neurogenetics
Education and Training:
• Undergraduate: Westphälische Wilhelms Universität, Münster, Germany - Chemistry
• Dr. Rer. Nat.: Westphälische Wilhelms Universität, Münster, Germany - Chemistry
• Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of California, Berkeley, Department of Chemistry - NMR