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Vladimir Ivkovic, Ph.D.

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Webster University, Vienna, AustriaB.A.05/1999Psychology, Philosophy
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, CroatiaM.Sc.09/2005Biology
International Space University, Strasbourg, FranceM.Sc.09/2006Space Studies, Space Physiology
University of Houston, Houston, TXPh.D.12/2012Neuromotor Control, Cognitive Science
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAPostdoc05/2014Neuroscience, Space Medicine & Physiology
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAPostdoc08/2015Clinical Outcomes Research
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAPostdoc11/2018Neuroscience, Space Medicine & Physiology
1998 - 1999
Dean's List - Webster University
- 1999
B.A. Magna Cum Laude - Webster University
- 1999
Behavioral and Social Science Departmental Honors - Webster University
- 1999
Alumni Association Undergraduate Leadership Award - Webster University
- 1999
Undergraduate Student Leadership Honor Roll - Webster University
2000 - 2005
M.Sc. Research Fellowship - Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia
2005 - 2006
Academic Fellowship for Graduate Students Abroad - Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia
2005 - 2006
Academic Fellowship for International Graduate Students - Government of the French Republic
2005 - 2006
M.Sc. Academic Fellowship - International Space University
2005 - 2006
M.Sc. Academic Fellowship - The Planetary Society
2007 - 2012
Ph.D. Teaching Fellowship - University of Houston
- 2008
College of Education Alumni Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2008
Graduate Student Research Award - University of Houston
- 2009
Research Fellowship - The National Center for Human Performance
- 2009
Doctoral Student Research Presentation Award - American College of Sports Medicine, Texas Chapter
- 2009
Loleet Usener Eckel Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2009
Dr. Mary Lou and Eddie Hernandez Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2009
Mylie E. & Charles A. Durham Endowment Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2009
Graduate Student Research Poster Award - The National Center for Human Performance
- 2009
Graduate Student Research Award - University of Houston
- 2010
Faith Gladstone Marshall Endowment Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2010
Margie Sterr Movement Science Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2010
Velma Glass Chambers Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2010
Overall Graduate Student Excellence Award - University of Houston
- 2010
Graduate Student Research Award - University of Houston
2011 - 2012
Presidential, Cullen & Erhardt Fellowship - University of Houston
- 2012
Health and Human Performance Research Scholarship - University of Houston
- 2016
Honorable Mention for Clinical Research - Massachusetts General Hospital
- 2018
Psychiatry Department First Prize for Clinical Research - Massachusetts General Hospital

Overview
I serve as the Director of Laboratory for Neuroimaging and Integrative Physiology within the Neural Systems Group in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts Genera Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

I was trained as a translational neuroscientist and integrative physiologist with emphases in spaceflight/extreme physiology, neuroimaging, and neuromodulation. I am interested in human neurophysiologic and neurobehavioral performance in extreme operational environments, such as spaceflight and firefighting, development of countermeasures for mitigation of thus-induced medical conditions (e.g. spaceflight neurobehavioral decline and intracranial hypertension, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, etc.), and their translation into clinical practice for treating analogous clinical conditions in the general population.

Within this research paradigm, I conducted numerous studies on healthy, elite (astronauts, firefighters, active military, athletes), and patient (Parkinson’s disease, cardiosurgical) populations in operational and clinical environments. My technical research expertise encompasses custom-developed ambulatory brain and multimodal physiology monitoring systems--NINscan--based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), as well as standard monitoring techniques including (f)MRI, 2D/3D/Doppler ultrasound, ophthalmic tonometry, biopotentials (ECG, EMG, EEG, EOG, EDA), actigraphy, and polysomnography.

I have developed curricula and taught extensively throughout my career both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in human systems physiology, spaceflight/extreme physiology, neurorehabilitation and biomechanics, and have mentored undergraduate and graduate students. .

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  1. Kaneko T, Shekar P, Ivkovic V, Longford NT, Huang CC, Sigurdsson MI, Neely RC, Yammine M, Ejiofor JI, Montiero Vieira V, Shahram JT, Habchi KM, Malzberg GW, Martin PS, Bloom J, Isselbacher EM, Muehlschlegel JD, Sundt TM, Body SC. Should the dilated ascending aorta be repaired at the time of bicuspid aortic valve replacement? Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2018 03 01; 53(3):560-568. PMID: 29149323.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Strangman GE, Ivkovic V, Zhang Q. Wearable brain imaging with multimodal physiological monitoring. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2018 Mar 01; 124(3):564-572. PMID: 28705994.
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  3. Kaneko T, Shekar P, Ivkovic V, Longford NT, Huang CC, Sigurdsson M, Neely RC, Yammine M, Ejiofor J, Vieira VM, Shahram JT, Habchi KM, Malzberg GW, Bloom J, Isselbacher EM, Muehlschlegel JD, Sundt TM, Body SC. Should the dilated ascending aorta be repaired at the time of bicuspid aortic valve replacement?. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 2017; 3(53):560-568.
  4. Hu G, Zhang Q, Ivkovic V, Strangman GE. Ambulatory diffuse optical tomography and multimodality physiological monitoring system for muscle and exercise applications. J Biomed Opt. 2016 Sep; 21(9):091314. PMID: 27467190.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Kaneko T, Ejiofor JI, Neely RC, McGurk S, Ivkovic V, Stevenson LW, Leacche M, Cohn LH. Aortic Regurgitation With Markedly Reduced Left Ventricular Function Is Not a Contraindication for Aortic Valve Replacement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jul; 102(1):41-7. PMID: 27016840.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Gosev I, Yammine M, McGurk S, Ejiofor JI, Norman A, Ivkovic V, Cohn LH. Should Moderate-to-Severe Tricuspid Regurgitation be Repaired During Reoperative Left-Sided Valve Procedures? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Spring; 28(1):38-45. PMID: 27568132.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Ivkovic V, Fisher S, Paloski WH. Smartphone-based tactile cueing improves motor performance in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2016 Jan; 22:42-7. PMID: 26589004.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Gosev I, Yammine M, Leacche M, McGurk S, Ivkovic V, D'Ambra MN, Cohn LH. Long term outcomes of posterior leaflet folding valvuloplasty for mitral valve regurgitation. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 4(5):428-32. PMID: 26539347; PMCID: PMC4598476.
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  9. Gosev I, Yammine M, Leacche M, Ivkovic V, McGurk S, Cohn LH. Reoperative aortic valve replacement through upper hemisternotomy. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2015 Jan; 4(1):88-90. PMID: 25694985; PMCID: PMC4311163.
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  10. Zhang Q, Ivkovic V, Hu G, Strangman GE. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory recording of cerebral hemodynamics, systemic hemodynamics, electrocardiography, and actigraphy during people's daily activities. J Biomed Opt. 2014 Apr; 19(4):47003. PMID: 24781591.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Ivkovic V, Kurz MJ. Parkinson's disease influences the structural variations present in the leg swing kinematics. Motor Control. 2011 Jul; 15(3):359-75. PMID: 21878689.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Vilicic N, Ivkovic V, Janovic T, Jovanovic V. Cybernetic model (LOPI): Simulation of demographic dynamics of Croatian population. Cybernetics and Systems. 2007; 4(38):323-347.
  13. 4. Ivkovic V, Vitart V, Rudan I, Janicijevic B, Smolej-Narancic N, Skaric-Juric T, Barbalic M, Biloglav Z, Polasek O, Kolcic I, Visscher P, Hayward C, Hastie ND, Anderson N, Campbell H, Wright AF, Rudan P, Deary IJ. The Eysenck personality factors: psychometric structure, reliability, heritability and phenotypic and genetic correlations with psychological distress in an isolated Croatian population. Personality and Individual Differences. 2007; 1(42):123-133.
  14. Janovic T, Ivkovic V, Nazor D, Grammer K, Jovanovic V. Empathy, communication, deception. Coll Antropol. 2003 Dec; 27(2):809-22. PMID: 14746174.
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  15. Ivkovic V, Jovanovic V. Anthropocybernetic modeling--from population demography to the concept of values. Coll Antropol. 2002 Dec; 26 Suppl:15-23. PMID: 12674832.
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  16. Boncina J, Ivkovic V, Jovanovic V. Interaction with the environment: anthropological cybernetic model. Coll Antropol. 2001 Dec; 25(2):413-23. PMID: 11811271.
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.