Corina O. Bondi, PhD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Corina Bondi is Associate Director of Executive Function and Neuropharmacology at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research (SCRR) of the University of Pittsburgh. She is an Academic Editor for Medicine® and BioMed Research International, and an Associate Editor for BMC Neuroscience. She currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the National Neurotrauma Society and as scientific reviewer on study sections with the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Her laboratory explores therapeutic strategies after experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as pharmacotherapies and environmental enrichment, for complex cognitive processing deficits and distinct neurobehavioral and neurochemical alterations relevant to psychiatric disorders. Her team pursues a variety of behavioral, neurochemical, and molecular-based approaches encompassing the overlap of cognitive neuroscience, stress circuitry, and TBI neuropathology, with complex and sensitive tasks such as attentional set-shifting tests, operant tasks of sustained attention and goal-directed behavior, or assays of affect and anxiety being customarily employed in the laboratory. Underlying pathomechanisms are further characterized using a diverse array of techniques such as tissue processing via microscopy, Western blotting, immunostaining, and proteomics. Studying altered monoaminergic neurotransmission responsible for behavioral and mood impairments after brain trauma across the life span (from pediatric to aged rats) is paramount to finding more effective clinically-relevant therapeutic and rehabilitative targets.