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Jim Brasic, A.M., M.A., M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

James Robert Brasic, A.M., M.A., M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

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  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years), Geriatrics (55+ years), Infants (up to 1 year)

Expertise

Autism, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Substance Use Disorders

Research Interests

Nuclear; Neuroimaging

Locations

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-6176

Background

Dr. James Brasic is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. His areas of clinical expertise include neurology, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry. He conducts nuclear neuroimaging, including positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), to investigate nervous and mental disorders.

Dr. Brasic earned his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. He participated in the Honor/Accelerated Six-Year Program in Liberal Arts and Medical Education at Boston University. He also has degrees from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the Mailman School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University. He completed residencies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in child psychiatry, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, in psychiatry and Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center in neurology. He performed a fellowship in radiology - nuclear medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Brasic's primary research interest is neuronuclear imaging. Dr. Brasic conducts clinical translational research in autism spectrum disorder, Tourette syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. He conducts breakthrough investigations to diagnose, treat, cure, and ultimately prevent nervous and mental disorders. He enjoys teaching students nationally and internationally. He speaks to professional audiences domestically and abroad. He welcomes collaborations with colleagues around the world.   

Dr. Brasic has been selected for the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award of Marquis Who's Who. He was awarded the status of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • M.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (New York) (1987)
  • M.S., Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (New York) (1984)
  • M.P.H., Columbia University School of Public Health (New York) (1983)
  • A.M., Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri) (1980)
  • M.D., Boston University School of Medicine - Boston (Massachusetts) (1972)
  • A.B., Boston University (Massachusetts) (1972)

Additional Training

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology / Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (1988)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology / Neurology (1982)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology / Psychiatry (1984)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Brasic is a neurologist and child and adolescent psychiatrist who conducts research to characterize neurotransmitters and neuroreceptors in the brain in health and disease. He investigates the density and the distribution of neurochemicals in the central nervous system utilizing nuclear neuroimaging techniques including positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). He conducts clinical translational investigations to improve procedures for the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and ultimately prevention of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and other nervous and mental disorders.

Lab

Neuropsychiatry

Core Facility: MRI Service Center

Technology Expertise Keywords

Positron emission tomography

Clinical Trial Keywords

Neuropsychiatry

Clinical Trials

Neuropsychiatry

Selected Publications

View all on Pubmed

Brasic JR, Zhou Y, Musachio JL, Hilton J, Fan H, Crabb A, Endres CJ, Reinhardt MJ, Dogan AS, Alexander M, Rousset O, Maris MA, Galecki J, Nandi A, Wong DF. Single photon emission computed tomography experience with (S)-5-[123I]iodo-3-(2-azetidinylmethoxy)pyridine in the living human brain of smokers and nonsmokers. Synapse. 2009;63(4):339-358. doi: 10.1002/syn.20611. PubMed PMID: 19140167; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2766259

Brasic JR, Cascella N, Kumar A, Zhou Y, Hilton J, Raymont V, Crabb A, Guevara MR, Horti AG, Wong DF. Positron emission tomography (PET) experience with 2-[18F]fluoro-3-(2(S)-azetidinylmethoxy)pyridine (2-[18F]FA) in the living human brain of smokers with paranoid schizophrenia. Synapse. 2012;66:352-368. doi: 10.1002/syn.21520. PubMed PMID: 22169936; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3445266

Brasic JR, Bibat G, Kumar A, Zhou Y, Hilton J, Yablonski ME, Dogan AS, Guevara MR, Stephane M, Johnston M, Wong DF, Naidu S. Correlation of the vesicular acetylcholine transporter densities in the striata to the clinical abilities of women with Rett syndrome. Synapse. 2012;66 471-482. doi: 10.1002/syn.21515PubMed PMID: 22223404; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3480211

McKay GN, Harrigan TP, Brasic JR. A low-cost quantitative continuous measurement of movements in the extremities of people with Parkinson's disease. MethodsX 2019; 6:169-189. PMID: 30733930

Harrigan TP, Hwang BJ, Mathur AK, Mills KA, Pantelyat AY, Bang JA, Syed AB, Vyas P, Martin SD, Jamal A, Ziegelman L, Hernandez ME, Wong DF, Brasic JR. Dataset of quantitative structured office measurements of movements in the extremities. Data Brief. 2020, 31, 105876. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105876

Contact for Research Inquiries

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 North Caroline Street
Suite 3240
Baltimore, MD 21287-0006 map

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Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 10th Ed. Marquis Who's Who New Providence NJ, 2008 - 2009
  • Guide to Americas Top Psychiatrists, 2007 Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Res Coun Am, 2007
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 9th Ed., New Providence, NJ. Marquis. Guide to Americas, 2006 - 2007
  • Top Physicians, 2006 Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Res Coun Am, 2006
  • Guide to Americas Top Psychiatrists, Edition, 2nd Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Res Coun Am, 2004 - 2005
  • Guide to Americas Top Psychiatrists, 2002-2003 Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Research Council of Am, 2002 - 2003
  • Young Investigator Awards, NARSAD, 2002
  • Young Investigator Awards, NARSAD, 2000
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 1st Ed., New Providence NJ Marquis, 1996 p.125, 1997 - 1998
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 4th Ed., Marquis Whos Who New Providence NJ, 1992 p. 129, 1993 - 1994
  • Who's Who in the East, 23rd Ed., Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1990 p.94, 1991 - 1992
  • Distinguished Fellow, Amer Acad Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 1988
  • Fac Recognition Award, Dept Psychiatry, Wright St U,, Fellow Amer Acad Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 1979
  • Air Force Commendation Medal, USAF, 1979
  • Deans Honor List AB cum laude, Boston U College of Arts + Sciences, 1966 - 1972
  • Honors Accel 6-Year Program Liberal Arts + Med Ed, Boston U, 1966 - 1972
  • Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals Series, Marquis Who’s Who https://marquistopdoctors.com/2020/05/14/james-robert-brasic/, 2020
  • Who’s Who in the World, 2019, Marquis Who’s Who. www.marquiswhoswho.com, 2019
  • 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who’s Who. www.marquiswhoswho.com, 2018
  • Who’s Who in America®, 2016, Marquis Who’s Who. www.marquiswhoswho.com, 2016
  • Top Poster Award Candidate, Annual Meeting, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2015
  • Top Poster Award Candidate, Annual Meeting/Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2020

Memberships

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1980
  • American Academy of Neurology, 1973
    Fellow
  • Hopkins Toastmasters, 2004
  • Movement Disorder Society, 1995
  • Society for Nuclear Medicine, 2008
  • Society for Neuroscience, 2017

    International organization of neuroscientists

Professional Activities

  • External Reviewer for grant application, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Instituts de recherche en sant du Canada, 2006

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Nuclear neuroimaging
    Lecture, Workshop, Ambulatory positron emission tomography (AMPET) workshop, GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, New York (04/21/2016)
    West Virginia University
  • Molecular imaging of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    Lecture, Continuing Medical Education, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Washington, District of Columbia (08/23/2019)
    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Molecular imaging of autism spectrum disorder,
    Lecture, Continuing Medical Education, Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Mid-Winter and American College of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida (01/25/2020)
    Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Mid-Winter and American College of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting
  • Molecular Imaging of Autism Spectrum Disorder,
    Lecture, Continuing Medical Education, Grand Rounds, Baltimore, Maryland (02/20/2020)
    Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Clinical translational nuclear molecular imaging for neuropsychiatric disorders
    Lecture, Online, Educational Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (07/17/2020)
    Phamaron

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Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals Series. Uniondale, New York: Marquis Who’s Who. (May 14, 2020)

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