Dr. Vladimir Ivkovic
Introducing Dr. Vladimir Ivkovic, a distinguished professional who expertly balances a myriad of pivotal roles across the fields of neuroscience, integrative physiology, and emergency medicine. Dr. Ivkovic serves as the Director of the Laboratory for Neuroimaging and Integrative Physiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, an institution renowned for groundbreaking research in psychiatry. Simultaneously, he takes on the role of an Advanced TBI & Polytrauma Neuropsychiatry Fellow at the National Center for PTSD, a division of the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System. These roles underpin his deep commitment to advancing our understanding of neurophysiology and neurobehavioral disorders.
In addition to these notable positions, Dr. Ivkovic extends his educational influence through his roles as an Instructor in Psychiatry within the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He shares his expertise as an Instructor in Neuroscience, actively contributing to Harvard University's Mind Brain and Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. Furthermore, Dr. Ivkovic plays a significant role as an Instructor in Psychophysiology and Neuroscience at Harvard University Extension School. His influence also extends to the Department of Psychology at Boston College, where he holds the position of Instructor in Psychophysiology and Neuroscience.
Dr. Ivkovic's illustrious career is characterized by his diverse roles and responsibilities. His research primarily centers on the application of ambulatory brain and physiology monitoring to assess neurophysiologic and neurobehavioral disorders resulting from exposure to extreme operational environments. Additionally, he is dedicated to developing countermeasures for the mitigation of these disorders. His extensive studies encompass both healthy elite populations, such as astronauts, firefighters, active military personnel, and athletes, as well as patient populations, including individuals with Parkinson's disease and cardiosurgical issues. His research is conducted in diverse settings, from operational environments to clinical situations.
Dr. Ivkovic's studies have covered a wide range of topics, including assessments of cerebrovascular pulsatility during parabolic microgravity flights and neurophysiologic evaluations of sleep quality and operational performance in simulated space missions at NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). Furthermore, his research has explored ambulatory monitoring of brain motion within the skull during football drills.
One of his most significant research efforts involves collaborating with the Boston Fire Department and the Last Call Foundation to identify neurophysiologic and cognitive markers of resiliency to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in firefighters.
Dr. Ivkovic is also a key co-investigator and team lead on a groundbreaking spaceflight study. This study investigates functional brain, neurobehavioral, immune, metabolomic, and sleep changes in two-, six-, and twelve-month missions aboard the International Space Station. His passion for teaching and sharing knowledge is evidenced by his extensive experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Ivkovic has taught courses in neuroscience, spaceflight and extreme physiology, psychophysiology, neurobiology, and has been a mentor to numerous undergraduate and graduate students.
His areas of interest encompass human adaptations to extreme environments, the development of strategies for mitigation, and their translation into clinical practice. Dr. Vladimir Ivkovic's numerous titles reflect his diverse contributions and immense dedication to advancing our understanding of the human body and the impacts of extreme environments on its physiology and behavior.