Johanna Seitz-Holland

Johanna Seitz-Holland
Harvard Medical School | HMS · Department of Psychiatry

Doctor of Medicine

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Introduction
I am currently working as an instructor at the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. I utilize multi-modal neuroimaging (MRI, dMRI), clinical, and cognitive data to understand better the association between age, sex, physical health, cognition, clinical symptoms, and brain structure in psychiatric disorders, specifically psychosis.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - March 2021
Harvard Medical School
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2016 - December 2016
Technische Universität München
Position
  • Research Assistant
September 2014 - September 2015
Harvard Medical School
Position
  • Research trainee
Education
November 2011 - January 2019
Technische Universität München
Field of study
  • Medicine
October 2009 - October 2012

Publications

Publications (26)
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Background While adolescent-onset schizophrenia (ADO-SCZ) and adolescent-onset bipolar disorder with psychosis (psychotic ADO-BPD) present a more severe clinical course than their adult forms, their pathophysiology is poorly understood. Here, we study potentially state- and trait-related white matter diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (d...
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Background: Alterations in the peripheral inflammatory profile and white matter (WM) deterioration are frequent in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The present study applies free-water imaging to investigate the relationship between altered peripheral inflammation and WM microstructure and their predictive value in determining response to ketamine...
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Studies applying Free Water Imaging have consistently reported significant global increases in extracellular FW in populations of individuals with early psychosis. However, these published studies focused on homogenous clinical participant groups (e.g., only first episode or chronic), thereby limiting our understanding of the time course of free wa...
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Deletions and duplications at the 22q11.2 locus are associated with significant neurodevelopmental and psychiatric morbidity. Previous diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies in 22q11.2 deletion carriers (22q-del) found nonspecific white matter (WM) abnormalities, characterized by higher fractional anisotropy. Here, utilizing no...
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White matter (WM) abnormalities are repeatedly demonstrated across the schizophrenia time-course. However, our understanding of how demographic and clinical variables interact, influence, or are dependent on WM pathologies is limited. The most well-known barriers to progress are heterogeneous findings due to small sample sizes and the confounding i...
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Diffusion MRI studies consistently report group differences in white matter between individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and healthy controls. Nevertheless, the abnormalities found at the group-level are often not observed at the individual level. Among the different approaches aiming to study white matter abnormalities at the subject level, no...
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Background: While previous studies have implicated white matter (WM) as a core pathology of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the underlying neurobiological processes remain elusive. This study utilizes free-water imaging derived from diffusion MRI to identify cellular and extracellular WM abnormalities in patients with OCD compared to controls...
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Matrix metalloproteinases 9 (MMP9) are enzymes involved in regulating neuroplasticity in the hippocampus. This, combined with evidence for disrupted hippocampal structure and function in schizophrenia, has prompted our current investigation into the relationship between MMP9 and hippocampal volumes in schizophrenia. 34 healthy individuals (mean age...
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Axonal myelination and repair, critical processes for brain development, maturation, and aging, remain controlled by sexual hormones. Whether this influence is reflected in structural brain differences between sexes, and whether it can be quantified by neuroimaging, remains controversial. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) is an i...
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Objective: To assess cortical thickness (CT) and surface area (SA) of frontal, temporal, and parietal brain regions in a large clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR) sample, and to identify cortical brain abnormalities in CHR who convert to psychosis and in the whole CHR sample, compared with the healthy controls (HC). Methods: Magnetic resonanc...
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Early neuroimaging work in twin studies focused on studying genetic and environmental influence on gray matter macrostructure. However, it is also important to understand how gray matter microstructure is influenced by genes and environment to facilitate future investigations of their influence in mental disorders. Advanced diffusion MRI (dMRI) mea...
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Background The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is a neurogenetic disorder that is associated with both physical anomalies and neurocognitive impairments. Deletion carriers have a greatly elevated risk of developing schizophrenia (SCZ); as such, it offers a compelling ‘high-penetrance’ model to explore the neuropathology of SCZ risk. Indeed, widespread st...
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Background Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a severe and chronic brain disorder that affects about 1% of the world population. It is among the most burdensome illnesses with a serious impact on patients, their families and society. To this day, a lot remains unknown about the neuropathological cause and etiology of SCZ. The prominent two-hit theory postulate...
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Background The association of white matter (WM) abnormalities with clinical variables in schizophrenia (SCZ) is poorly understood. We investigated the clinical correlates of WM impairments using imaging data of 597 patients with SCZ and 490 healthy controls (HC). We focused on lifelong changes of WM (measured by Fractional Anisotropy [FA]) in SCZ a...
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Research on age‐related memory alterations traditionally targets individuals aged ≥65 years. However, recent studies emphasize the importance of early aging processes. We therefore aimed to characterize variation in brain gray matter structure in early midlife as a function of sex and menopausal status. Subjects included 94 women (33 premenopausal,...
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Schizophrenia has been characterized as a neurodevelopmental disorder, with structural brain abnormalities reported at all stages. However, at present, it remains unclear whether gray and white matter abnormalities represent related or independent pathologies in schizophrenia. In this study, we present findings from an integrative analysis explorin...
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Neuroimaging studies demonstrate gray matter (GM) macrostructural abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ). While ex-vivo and genetic studies suggest cellular pathology associated with abnormal neurodevelopmental processes in SCZ, few in-vivo measures have been proposed to target microstructural GM organization. Here, we use diffusion het...
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Alcoholism can lead to a complex mixture of cognitive and emotional deficits associated with abnormalities in fronto-cortico-striatal-limbic brain circuitries. Given the broad variety of neurobehavioral symptoms, one would also expect alterations of postrolandic neocortical systems. Thus, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study the integrit...
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Background: Two previous diffusion MRI studies identified widespread excessive extracellular free-water in 2 separate datasets of first-episode schizophrenia patients. Free-water is a diffusion MRI measure that quantifies the fractional volume of water that is free to diffuse, that is, can only be found in extracellular spaces. Additional studies i...
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Recent studies of long-term anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) users reported amygdala structural and functional connectivity abnormalities. We assessed white matter microstructure in the inferior-fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFOF), a major associative bundle of the amygdala network. Diffusion weighted images acquired from 9 male long-term AAS users...
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Purpose: Tractography is the most anatomically accurate method for delineating white matter tracts in the brain, yet few studies have examined multiple tracts using tractography in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ). We analyze 5 white matter connections important in the pathophysiology of SCZ: uncinate fasciculus, cingulum bundle (CB), inferior lo...

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