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Elissaios Karageorgiou, MD, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Karageorgiou was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Athens, Greece, where he graduated from Athens College and subsequently obtained a medical degree and a PhD degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Upon completion of his medical 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 where he trained as a behavioral neurologist. He subsequently joined the faculty at the Memory and Aging Center providing care and conducting research in the field of dementia, with a special interest in elucidating distinct patterns of brain rhythm disruption in dementia across the sleep wake cycle

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.

Christine Walsh, PhD

Assistant Professor

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.

The value of autopsy

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Genetics and Family Studies

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Eileen Pedersen

Clinical Coordinator

Eileen is a clinical coordinator for the UCSF Memory and Aging Center with a BA degree from Dominican University of California in English.

CJD, a personal story

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Steve, a California physician, whose wife spontaneously developed CJD, shares his experiences with the public. CJD is a rapidly progressive dementia whose study may yield important insights about other, more prevalent dementias. We thank Steve and his children for sharing their stories. Their contribution has contributed to a growing awareness about CJD.

What is a prion?

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Raquel C. Gardner, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Gardner completed her bachelor's degree in neuroscience and behavior at Columbia University in New York. She received her medical degree from Harvard University. She completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at UCSF. She then joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2012 as a Behavioral Neurology Fellow and transitioned to Assistant Professor in 2015. As a neurologist, Dr. Gardner evaluates and treats patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and provides them with follow-up care.

Her research program focuses on understanding the epidemiology and mechanisms of neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative sequelae of traumatic brain injury in older adults with the goal of improving long-term outcomes in this vulnerable population. This work is supported by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Federation for Aging Research, and the Global Brain Health Institute.

Joy Lee

Clinic Coordinator

Joy Lee is a clinic coordinator for the Memory and Aging Center. She is a certified Phlebotomy Technician (2008), studied medical terminology and is a certified medical biller and coder (2009). She has five years of dental background at the UCSF School of Dentistry and over seven years of experience in administrative and clerical support. She would like to pursue her career in the Memory and Aging Center. And she loves to bake!

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