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Brain Health & Injury

Scientific Program Manager

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Dr. Anthony Pacifico

Dr. Pacifico earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. His thesis research developed infrared imaging tools for use in pathology followed by a postdoctoral fellow position at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). His research at NIH/NIAAA examined the molecular signaling processes involved in night vision using a variety of biophysical tools. Prior to joining VA, Dr Pacifico was a Program Manager with the Department of Defense at the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. There, he led efforts in Alzheimer’s disease research to better understand Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a risk factor for neurodegeneration. In addition, he stood up the Epilepsy Research Program (ERP) looking exclusively at the relationship between TBI and Post-Traumatic Epilepsy (PTE), from developing animal models of PTE to conducting epidemiological studies.

For inquiries regarding the RR&D Brain Health & Injury Program, please contact:
Dr. Anthony Pacifico.