Naftali Raz - Professor

Curriculum VitaeInstitute of Gerontology


Research Interests

I am interested in neural mechanisms of cognitive aging. In my research, I use noninvasive imaging techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). I examine cross-sectional differences and longitudinal changes in regional brain volumes and relationships between these changes and measures of cognitive performance in healthy adults.



  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Aging
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Neuropathology and Behavior


Recent Publications

Raz, N., Gunning, F.M., Head, D., Dupuis, J.H., McQuain, J.M., Briggs, S.D., Thornton, A.E., Loken, W.J. & Acker, J.D. (1997). Selective aging of human cerebral cortex observed in vivo: Differential vulnerability of the prefrontal gray matter. Cerebral Cortex, 7, 268-282.

Raz, N. (2000). Aging of the brain and its impact on cognitive performance: Integration of structural and functional findings. In: F.I.M. Craik and T.A. Salthouse (Eds.) Handbook of Aging and Cognition - II. (Pp.1-90). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Raz, N., Lindenberger, U., Rodrigue, K.M., Kennedy, K.M., Head, D. Williamson, A., Dahle, C., Gerstorf, D., & Acker, J.D. (2005). Regional brain changes in aging healthy adults: General trends, individual differences, and modifiers. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 1676-1689.

Raz, N. Dahle, C., Rodrigue, K.M., Kennedy, KM, Land, S., & Jacobs, B.S. (2008). Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Val66Met polymorphism, blood glucose, and memory in healthy adults: The synergy of genetic and vascular risks. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2, article 12, 1-6.

Kennedy KM, Erickson KI, Rodrigue KM, Voss MW, Colcombe SJ, Kramer AF, Acker JD, Raz N.(2009). Age-related differences in regional brain volumes: a comparison of optimized voxel-based morphometry to manual volumetry. Neurobiology of Aging, 30, 1657-1676. Epub 2008 Feb 13. doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2007.12.020.

Raz, N, Rodrigue, K.M., Kennedy, K.M., & Land, S. (2009). Genetic and vascular modifiers of age-sensitive cognitive skills: Effects of COMT, BDNF, ApoE and hypertension. Neuropsychology. 23, 105-116

Raz, N., Yang, Y., Dahle, C.L., Land, S. (2012). Volume of White Matter Hyperintensities in healthy adults: Contribution of age, vascular risk factors, and inflammation-related genetic variants. BBA: Biochimica et Biophyisica Acta, Section: Molecular Basis of Disease., 1822, 361-369, 2011 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print].

Raz, N., Schmiedek, F., Rodrigue, K.M., Kennedy, K.M, Lindenberger, U., & Lövdén, M. Differential brain shrinkage over six months shows limited association with cognitive practice, Brain and Cognition, in press.

Rodrigue, K.M., Daugherty, A.M., Haacke, E.M., & Raz, N. The role of hippocampal iron concentration and hippocampal volume in age-related differences in memory performance, Cerebral Cortex, May 29. [Epub ahead of print].



Principal Investigator: National Institute on Aging, grant 2R37AG011230 Neural Correlates and Modifiers of Cognitive Aging. Funding period: 7/1/05-6/30/10, direct costs: $2,090,389, a MERIT award.



  • 1979-1985 Ph.D. Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1976-1979 B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
87 E. Ferry Street
Institute of Gerontology
Research Area
Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
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