James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH

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Title: Assistant Professor
Company: Johns Hopkins University
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

James Robert Brasic, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in clinical translational research in nervous and mental disorders.

Like many in his field, Dr. Brasic was inspired to study the brain after reading the works of Sigmund Freud in high school. Originally intending to become a musician, he was inspired to pursue a career in the field of medicine as he would be the first one in his family to pursue higher education. Through acceptance to an accelerated learning program, scholarships and grants, and the sacrifices his parents made, Dr. Brasic was accepted and attended the honors accelerated liberal arts medical education program at Boston University. Within six years he received a comprehensive medical education. He continued his studies after receiving an MD and MPH and joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor in 1999.

Throughout his career, Dr. Brasic has worked on many of the drugs that have been utilized. In 2019, he and his team published a review about that on Pharmaceutical Therapy. He has worked on treatments for schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. With Alzheimer’s disease, there is a protein called amyloid and he worked on three radiotracers to identify amyloid in the brain. These are all now commercially available. Additionally, Dr. Brasic has conducted research on another protein in the brain called “Tau” and has contributed to the development of radiotracers to identify “Tau.” With these studies, he is looking at healthy people as they age, and their mild cognitive impairment or memory lost individuals or full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.

In the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Dr. Brasic spends a great deal of time on research and education in the area of neurology, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry.  He conducts nuclear neuroimaging, including positron emission tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography, to investigate nervous and mental disorders.  He enjoys teaching clinical translational research to students and colleagues. He has recruited an outstanding research team including students who will become the clinician-scientists of the future. Dr. Brasic’s goal, along with fellow faculty, is to improve the efficiency and efficacy of our treatments, develop new techniques that are more effective, while being innovative in approaches that will have a longer-lasting impact in patients.

Private support plays an important role in furthering Dr. Brasic and his team’s success.  For those interested in providing support to Dr. Brasic to continue conducting research to develop interventions to diagnose, treat, cure, and ultimately prevent nervous and mental illness, you may contact the development office and speak with Christie Vera, (443) 287-7958 or email cvera3@jhmi.edu.

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