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Peter Pressman, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Pressman received a BA degree in biology and English from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He then spent three years as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University’s Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center under Dr. Jeffrey Kaye. Dr. Pressman went on to receive his MD from Oregon Health & Science University, then moved to Chicago, Illinois where he completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology through Northwestern University. Dr. Pressman joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2011 as a Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow.

Dr. Pressman is particularly interested in communication, emotion, and sensorimotor integration in neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia, early onset Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He has been awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the American Brain Foundation to pursue research on the melody of speech in neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Pressman is also a freelance writer whose work can be read on neurology.about.com.

Jee Bang, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Bang completed her bachelor’s degree in brain and cognitive sciences at MIT. She received her medical degree from University at Buffalo. She completed her residency in neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She then joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where she is a Clinical Instructor and a Behavioral Neurology Fellow. As a neurologist, Dr. Bang evaluates and treats patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and provides them with follow-up care. Her current research focuses on understanding the association between cognitive and movement disorders.

Elissaios Karageorgiou, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Karageorgiou was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Athens, Greece, where he graduated from Athens College and subsequently obtained a medical degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Upon completion of his studies, he worked as a post-doctoral associate at the Brain Sciences Center of the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, MD, PhD, studying the encephalographic brain patterns in health and diseases such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia. He subsequently completed residency training in neurology at the University of Minnesota, where he also served as the Associate Chief Resident for Research and Education. After his residency, he joined the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco as a behavioral neurology fellow providing care and conducting research in the field of dementia.

Dr. Karageorgiou’s primary goal is the provision of optimal care to his patients and their families, a goal which also guides his translational research. He has been awarded the Robert Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the American Brain Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association to pursue research on magnetoencephalographic neural interactions in frontotemporal dementia. He is also the recipient of the Young Investigator Award by the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research for his work on the early diagnosis of schizophrenia and related psychoses. During his residency at the University of Minnesota, he received the John R. Gates Award for his clinical qualities and patient advocacy and the Benjamin Shapiro Award for his research on the early and noninvasive diagnosis of brain disorders.

Alyssa Caplan

NIFD Research Coordinator

Alyssa joined the Memory and Aging Center in July 2013. She coordinates the Neuroimaging in Frontotemporal Dementia study. This longitudinal study is aimed at determining which imaging modalities and biomarkers help predict the onset and monitor the progression of frontotemporal dementia.

Alison Dallich

FTD PPG Research Coordinator

Alison graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science in biology and a research concentration. After teaching middle school science for two years, she joined the Memory and Aging Center in July 2013. She is the research coordinator for the study, Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. This observational study aims to better characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia with the goal of developing better diagnostic tools for the diseases. Alison plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Jonathan Elofson

ADNI Research Coordinator

Jonathan joined the Memory and Aging Center in July 2013. He is currently working with Howard Rosen, MD, as a research associate for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). The project aims to study biomarkers that are indicative of progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Christine Walsh, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Christine M. Walsh, PhD, received her BA degree in physiology from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Walsh did her doctoral work at the University of Michigan studying the effects of REM sleep modulation on learning and memory. She also studied the neural correlates of cognitive aging. In 2011 Dr. Walsh joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where she has been studying sleep in both healthy older adults and in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Walsh is particularly interested in the contribution of sleep disturbance to cognitive decline.

Danny Wudka

Data Quality Analyst

Danny Wudka received his bachelor of science degree in neuroscience from UCLA. He joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2011 to facilitate the data quality effort for the center's data management team.

Kelly Hitchner

Administrative Manager

Kelly completed her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology at the University of California, San Diego in 2011. Kelly has four years of research experience at the Dorris Neuroscience Center at The Scripps Research Institute and the Institute of Regenerative Medicine at UCSF. She joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2013 and works with Dr. William Seeley to manage the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank.

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