Cindy Lieben
Research Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 116 Human Clinical Research Facility
Mail Stop: 4253
Office Phone: (979) 324-5428
Primary Emphasis Area: Kinesiology
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Cindy K.J. Lieben, Ph.D, is a research assistant professor at the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity of the Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M. Dr. Lieben's primary research interests include nutritional and behavioral neuroscience, clinical trials, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology. Her expertise lies in the field of translational research related to the effects of nutritional and pharmacological interventions on neuropsychological functions.

She studied biological neuropsychology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and obtained her PhD degree at the department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology investigating the role of serotonin on affective and cognitive behavior. For her PhD project, she developed a new method for acutely lowering serotonin metabolism, using a gelatin based protein-carbohydrate mixture with low tryptophan content, to study the effects of reduced tryptophan availability on cerebral biochemical processes and neuropsychological functions in rodents and humans. During her PhD, she did an internship at Roche Pharmaceutical (Palo Alto, CA, USA) to learn more about psychopharmacology, test validation and project management. As a postdoctoral fellow at Maastricht University, she continued working on this field carrying out preclinical and clinical research on serotonin metabolism in cancer and aging. In addition she focused on the development of a tryptophan-enriched diet to enhance cognitive functions through dietary intervention in subjects with increased risk of developing depression or cognitive decline such as older subjects and patients with multiple sclerosis. In December 2013, Dr. Lieben was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University.

Main research aims:
* elucidate the mechanism by which the metabolism of amino acids such as tryptophan is involved in cognitive processes in older adults or people with a chronic disease or condition such as multiple sclerosis, dementia, obesity, autism.
* develop an efficient nutritional intervention for preventing or attenuating affective disturbances and cognitive decline in at-risk individuals.
Coupling metabolic effects to neuropsychological functions may prove useful in identifying early markers of disease-related cognitive impairment and give information on therapeutic mechanisms and indicators of treatment success and prognosis.
Research Interests
Clinical Neuropsychology
Nutritional Neuroscience
Tryptophan metabolism
College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Catapult Round 3 - Linking Metabolic Phenotype to Mood and Neurocognitive Functions in Autism Spectrum Disorder (Funded amount $30,000). (PI)
TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016/12/01 - 2018/05/31
Total Funding: 0.
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