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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!

Carrie Cheung

Clinic Coordinator

Carrie, a San Francisco native, comes from a sales and public service background with over 10 years of management. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a creative writing degree and a minor in holistic health. She enjoys helping the public, learning new cultures and challenges, and writing about her experiences.

Research Education Event 2012 - Social Function

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Research Education Event 2012 - Caregiving

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