Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Pathology
A major focus of Dr. Pomara’s research has been to elucidate pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic factors that may contribute to individual vulnerability to drug induced cognitive and psychomotor toxicity in the elderly. He has shown that certain variants of the APOE and TOMM40 genes increase risk for drug-induced adverse events unrelated to pharmacokinetic factors and likely reflecting pharmacodynamic mechanisms.
Other important contributions include his early reports of increased activity in the HPA axis associated with both aging and AD, as determined by studies of baseline cortisol and dexamethasone response. These results led to the first pilot clinical trial that examined the cognitive effects of the glucocorticoid receptor antagonist, RU486, in AD. Dr. Pomara also provided the first report on an absence of a cortisol response to naltrexone and an elevation in CSF-glutamate in Alzheimer’s patients.
Dr. Pomara additionally presented the first evidence that late life depression, a condition associated with increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or prodromal phase, may be accompanied by disturbances in central and peripheral metabolism of amyloid-beta, a peptide implicated in AD. More recently, he has been collaborating with the NYU Cohen Veterans Center to identify biomarkers for PTSD/TBI.
Fellowship Program Director, Geriatric Psychiatry
Journal of Alzheimer's disease. 2022 01; 85(3):1267-1282
Ageing research reviews. 2021 Aug 08; 71:101420
Journal of affective disorders. 2021 Jun 24; 293:429-434
Journal of affective disorders. 2021 Mar 09; 286:275-281
CNS spectrums. 2020 Oct 23; 1-65
International journal of neuroscience. 2020 Mar 31; 1-5
Nature communications. 2020 01 21; 11(1):411
Biomarkers in neuropsychiatry. 2019 Dec; 1: