Elizabeth Aylward, PhD

Elizabeth Aylward, PhD

Children's Title: Associate Director, Center for Integrative Brain Research; Director, Office of Science-Industry Partnerships

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research

Dr. Elizabeth Aylward has been involved in neuroimaging research for her entire career, including six years as the associate director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Previously, she spent 12 years as a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington and worked as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1987 through 1997. She is also the director for the Office of Science-Industry Partnerships.

Making a Difference

  • Collaborating for Cures

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Research Description

My work specializes in neuroimaging research in a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as in normal development and aging. I have conducted studies using structural and functional MRI, and have participated in research using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).
Neuroimaging studies in the past have involved participants with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, HIV dementia, Huntington's disease, Down syndrome, and other disorders.

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment, Imaging Science