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Robyn Honea, PhD

Robyn Honea portrait
Research Associate Professor, Neurology
rhonea@kumc.edu

Professional Background

Dr. Robyn Honea is a Research Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and an Assistant Director in the Neuroimaging Core of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She is also the Director of the Brain Imaging and Neurogenetics Lab.

Dr. Honea received her doctoral degree from Oxford University in England as part of the NIMH funded Graduate Partnerships Award. She completed her Post-Doctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the Department of Neurology. She is on a number of Editorial boards, and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, KU Women and Medicine, and IStart.

Dr. Honea is the recipient of several grants including a K01 award from the National Institutes of Aging, Pilot awards from Frontiers and the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, Mead-Johnson, the Dana Foundation, the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Initiative.

Education and Training
  • BS, Psychology/Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • DPHIL, Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, Oxford, England
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Neurology, University of Kansas Medical Center, KUMC, Kansas City, KS

Research

Overview

I am a Research Associate Professor of Neurology as well as the Assistant Director of the Neuroimaging Core in the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. I am involved in a variety of research and primarily use brain imaging and genetics to understand risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. My recent focus has been on investigating mitochondrial genetics to characterize the role of maternal family history in Alzheimer’s Disease. I also use brain imaging biomarkers to study the effects of exercise, diet, and other treatments on neurodegenerative diseases.

Publications
  • Honea, R, Crow, T., J, Passingham, D, Mackay, C., E. 2005. Regional deficits in brain volume in schizophrenia: a meta-analysis of voxel-based morphometry studies.. The American journal of psychiatry, 162 (12), 2233-45
  • Honea, R, Verchinski, B., A, Pezawas, L, Kolachana, B., S, Callicott, J., H, Mattay, V., S, Weinberger, D., R, Meyer-Lindenberg, A. 2009. Impact of interacting functional variants in COMT on regional gray matter volume in human brain.. NeuroImage, 45 (1), 44-51
  • Honea, R., A, Cruchaga, C, Perea, R., D, Saykin, A., J, Burns, J., M, Weinberger, D., R, Goate, A., M. 2013. Characterizing the role of brain derived neurotrophic factor genetic variation in Alzheimer's disease neurodegeneration.. PloS one, 8 (9), e76001
  • Honea, R., A, Swerdlow, R., H, Vidoni, E., D, Burns, J., M. 2011. Progressive regional atrophy in normal adults with a maternal history of Alzheimer disease.. Neurology, 76 (9), 822-9
  • Honea, R., A, Swerdlow, R., H, Vidoni, E., D, Goodwin, J, Burns, J., M. 2010. Reduced gray matter volume in normal adults with a maternal family history of Alzheimer disease.. Neurology, 74 (2), 113-20
  • Morris, J., K, Vidoni, E., D, Johnson, D., K, Van Sciver, A, Mahnken, J., D, Honea, R., A, Wilkins, H., M, Brooks, W., M, Billinger, S., A, Swerdlow, R., H, Burns, J., M. 2017. Aerobic exercise for Alzheimer's disease: A randomized controlled pilot trial.. PloS one, 12 (2), e0170547
  • Ridge, P., G, Koop, A, Maxwell, T., J, Bailey, M., H, Swerdlow, R., H, Kauwe, J., S, Honea, R., A. 2013. Mitochondrial haplotypes associated with biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.. PloS one, 8 (9), e74158
  • Vidoni, E., D, Townley, R., A, Honea, R., A, Burns, J., M. 2011. Alzheimer disease biomarkers are associated with body mass index.. Neurology, 77 (21), 1913-20
  • Honea, R., A, Vidoni, E., D, Swerdlow, R., H, Burns, J., M. 2012. Maternal family history is associated with Alzheimer's disease biomarkers.. Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD, 31 (3), 659-68
  • Honea, R., A, Vidoni, E, Harsha, A, Burns, J., M. 2009. Impact of APOE on the healthy aging brain: a voxel-based MRI and DTI study.. Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD, 18 (3), 553-64