Supplement: Neurotrailblazer

Neurotrailblazer By Melinda Wenner Martha Shenton is pushing imaging boundaries in order to understand the schizophrenic brain © 2007 Jared Leeds ARTICLE EXTRAS The Etiology Molecular Mysteries Gazing Downstream Seeing Schizophrenia Pregnancy, Chromosomes, and Receptors Martha Shenton is what you might call a maverick. As the director of Brigham and Women's Hospital's Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory in Boston, s

Melinda Wenner
Dec 1, 2007
Neurotrailblazer
By Melinda Wenner
Martha Shenton is pushing imaging boundaries in order to understand the schizophrenic brain
© 2007 Jared Leeds

Martha Shenton is what you might call a maverick. As the director of Brigham and Women's Hospital's Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory in Boston, she is driven by one thing in particular: a desire to get inside the brain. And she's not at all shy about taking risks and marching into unchartered territory in order to get there.

"I tend to gravitate towards things that are a new frontier," she says in her bright office on Boylston Street next to Fenway Park, where her laboratory has been based since 2005. Shenton's nonconformist spirit is somewhat betrayed by her conservative appearance and soft-spoken, warm demeanor. But over the past 21 years, she has applied up-and-coming--and often poorly understood--imaging...