This much needed single-volume provides reviews of the broad field of the neurobiology of aging from a cast of internationally renowned authors and is priced to be affordable to the individual researcher in Neuroscience, Gerontology and Neuropsychology laboratories.
SECTION I: NORMAL AGING
SECTION II: SENSORY
SECTION III: COGNITION
SECTION IV: NEUROENDOCRINE
SECTION V: STRUCTURAL
SECTION VI: MOLECULAR
SECTION VII: PATHOLOGIES
SECTION IX: MODELS
SECTION X: INTERVENTIONS
Dr. Hof is the Irving and Dorothy Regenstreif Research Professor of
Neuroscience and the Vice-Chair of the Department of Neuroscience
at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He also
leads the Center of Excellence on Brain Aging of the Friedman Brain
Institute. His laboratory has extensive expertise in the pathology
of neuropsychiatric disorders and has established an international
reputation in quantitative approaches to neuroanatomy and studies
of brain evolution.
Dr. Hof earned his MD from the University of Geneva, School of Medicine in Switzerland. He came to the USA as a postgraduate fellow at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA. In 1989 he came to Mount Sinai School of Medicine as a Senior Research Associate and joined the Faculty there in 1990. He is also a Professor of Geriatrics and Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Hof's research is directed towards the study of selective neuronal vulnerability in dementing illnesses and aging using classical neuropathologic as well as modern quantitative morphologic methods to determine the cellular features that render the human brain uniquely vulnerable to degenerative disorders. Dr. Hof also conducts analyses of the distribution and connectivity patterns of pyramidal neuron subpopulations in the macaque monkey cerebral cortex in young and very old animals to study possible age-related changes in the neurochemical characteristics of the neurons of origin of corticocortical projections. He develops stereologic, high-resolution morphometric, and imaging tools for the quantitative study of neuroanatomical specimens and brain atlas development. Among his major contributions, Dr. Hof demonstrated that specific neurons are selectively vulnerable in dementing disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. He has made contributions to quantifying the differences between normal aging brains and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and autism. Dr. Hof is also the curator of a mammalian brain collection that includes a large series of great ape specimens, as well as an extensive sample of marine mammals. He has contributed considerably to our understanding of the structure of the cetacean brain and has identified, in select mammalian brains, specific neuronal types in parts of the cerebral cortex known to be involved in social awareness, judgment, and attention, that can be considered as markers of adaptive mechanisms and functions in response to particular ecological pressures.