mci

Mild Cognitive Impairment

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.

Anitha Rao-Frisch, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Rao-Frisch completed her medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Ohio. Prior to starting residency, she obtained a masters degree in medical anthropology and specialized in cross-cultural aging and dementia at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her medical internship at Cleveland’s Metrohealth Hospital and her neurology residency training at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland.

As a resident, Dr. Rao-Frisch obtained grant funding to study the effects of physical exercise and intergenerational relationships on cognition, specifically executive function in older adults. She is particularly interested in identifying novel strategies to improve cognitive reserve and using preventative wellness strategies to curtail cognitive decline.

Ian Fischer-Laycock, MA

Autopsy Program Coordinator

Ian brings rich experience in both research and counseling to his role as Autopsy Coordinator at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. He completed his BA degree in psychology with honors at San Francisco State University and went on to achieve his MA degree in psychology at JFKU, serving as a counselor and completing a thesis and original research study on cyberbullying and online safety among college students.

Prior to joining the team at UCSF, Ian worked on a diverse range of health research projects with Kaiser Permanente, Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, and the National Development and Research Institutes in New York City. In addition to his passion for working with families in the autopsy program, Ian enjoys spending time in the Northern California wilderness, discovering new music, and cooking comfort food for his friends and family.

UCSF Over 80 Clinic

The staff of the UCSF Over 80 Clinic seek to address the complex dementia care issues commonly seen when caring for the oldest old. This care often requires an in-depth understanding of co-existing non-dementia medical illnesses, medication interactions, and the integrated living environment encountered in care of elders.

The staff of the UCSF Over 80 Clinic seek to address the complex dementia care issues commonly seen when caring for the oldest old. This care often requires an in-depth understanding of co-existing non-dementia medical illnesses, medication interactions, and the integrated living environment encountered in care of elders. In contrast to the clinical priorities for younger patients with cognitive decline, diagnosis is often only a small factor in maximizing outcomes.

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.

Iryna V. Lobach, PhD

Assistant Professor

Iryna earned her PhD degree in statistics under the direction of Raymond J. Carroll at the Texas A&M University where she wrote a dissertation on the interaction of haplotypes and diet. In 2006–2008 she attended Yale University for postdoctoral training in statistical genetics. After spending four years as an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the New York University, Iryna joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) to support the biostatistics component of research conducted by MAC investigators.

In addition to collaborative research with MAС principal investigators, Iryna enjoys research in applied statistics. She works on advancing existing and developing novel methodologies for analysis of gene-environment interactions in situations when the environmental variable is difficult to measure at the individual level and when the genetic influence is of complex multivariate nature.

Make a Referral

Thank you for considering a referral to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. We appreciate the opportunity to provide consultation services to you and your patients. The clinical services at the Memory and Aging Center are focused on providing a diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations for neurodegenerative diseases. This includes diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies as well as less common disorders such as frontotemporal dementia, Huntington’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We also have a specialty clinic for patients with cognitive complaints that may be associated with movement disorders or genetic conditions. If you have questions about the process or would like to speak with someone about a referral, please call 415-353-2057.

Thank you for considering a referral to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. We appreciate the opportunity to provide consultation services to you and your patients. The clinical services at the Memory and Aging Center are focused on providing a diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations for neurodegenerative diseases.

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.

Contact Us

For more information about the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank (NDBB) and its tissue sharing procedure, please contact the administrative manager. For questions about the Autopsy Program, please contact the autopsy coordinator.

For more information about the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank (NDBB) and its tissue sharing procedure, please contact the administrative manager at 415-502-7459.

For questions about the Autopsy Program, please contact the autopsy coordinator at 415-476-1681 or autopsy@memory.ucsf.edu.

Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank (NDBB) Director
William Seeley, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
UCSF Memory and Aging Center
415-476-2793
wseeley@memory.ucsf.edu

What We're Learning

Many new discoveries have been published in peer-reviewed papers using data from the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank (NDBB).

Recent publications using data from the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank (NDBB) include:

  1. Boxer AL, Garbutt S, Seeley WW, Jafari A, Heuer HW, Mirsky J, Hellmuth J, Trojanowski JQ, Huang E, Dearmond S, Neuhaus J, Miller BL. Saccade abnormalities in autopsy-confirmed frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2012;69:509-17.
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