Sleep Medications May Be Associated with Increased Risk of Dementia

March 09, 2023
Do sleep medications increase your chances of dementia? | UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Early Cardiovascular disease linked to worse brain health in midlife

January 26, 2023
A new study published in Neurology and authored by Center for Population Brain Health investigators (Xiaqing Jiang et al) indicates that adults with early cardiovascular disease are more likely to have worse cognition, white matter hyperintensities in the brain, and worse white matter mean...

Dr. Yaffe ranked in the top 1 percent for impact in her field

January 19, 2023
Researchers that rank in the top 1 percent for impact in their fields have demonstrated significant and broad influence, reflected in their publication of multiple highly cited papers, according to a new analysis of research citations by the science and intellectual property company Clarivate. ...

Dr. Yaffe awarded the VA's highest honor for clinical research

January 19, 2023
Kristine Yaffe, MD, has been named the 2022 John B. Barnwell Award recipient by the VA's Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) service in recognition of her significant contributions as a leader in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The award is CSR&D's...

Study: Elevated blood pressure associated with brain aging

July 06, 2022
A new study published in Alzheimer's & Dementia indicates that elevated blood pressure from early to mid adulthood, even below clinical cut-offs, is associated with advanced brain aging in mid-life. Access the study here.

Shea Andrews, PhD, joins UCSF!

June 27, 2022
We are excited to welcome Shea Andrews, PhD, to our faculty! Dr. Andrews investigates the genetic epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). He completed his PhD in medical sciences at The Australian National University and his postdoctoral fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,...

Study: Rest-activity and cognitive impairment in older women

June 17, 2022
A new study, published in the latest online edition of Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, looks at a comprehensive set of parametric and nonparametric characteristics of rest-activity rhythms in relation to mild cognitive impairment and probable dementia in a cohort of older women. Overall...

Study: Hospice disenrollment and people with dementia

June 09, 2022
People with dementia (PWD) are at high risk for hospice disenrollment, yet little is known about patterns of disenrollment among the growing number of hospice enrollees with dementia. In a new study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, a retrospective, observational cohort...

Report: Importance of comparison groups in TBI research

June 01, 2022
The association between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and risk for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) has been investigated in multiple studies yet reported effect sizes have varied widely. Large differences in comorbid and demographic characteristics between individuals with and...

Study: Racial differences in place of death for PWD

June 01, 2022
Little is known about racial differences in place of death for persons with dementia (PWD), who may be especially vulnerable to receiving care at end of life that is not concordant with their goals or that places higher burden on caregivers. Data from the nationally representative National Health...