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Neurology Staff

James B. Brewer, MD, PhD Interim Director of the Shiley-Marocs ADRC. Professor of Neurosciences. Joined the ADRC in 2004. Medical Degree: Stanford University and his neurology residency training at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the Department of Neurosciences in 2004, in a joint recruitment of the Departments of Neurosciences and Radiology, and is a leading investigator at the interdisciplinary Multimodal Imaging Laboratory. Field of interest: Structural and functional brain changes in early Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Brewer was featured in an Apple Computer advertisement for his cutting edge research methods in the realm of neuroimaging.
Douglas R. Galasko, MD Co-Director of the Shiley-Marcos ADRC Clinical Core. Professor In Residence, Department of Neurosciences. Joined the ADRC in 1987. Medical Degree: 1979 Johannesburg General Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa. Fielpxd of interest: Clinical research pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and neurological problems associated with aging.
Jody Corey-Bloom MD, PhD Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosciences. Joined the ADRC in 1990. Medical Degree: 1986 UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA. Field of Interest: clinical research pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and neurological disorders in the elderly.
Mohammed Ahmed, MD joined the Shiley-Marcos ADRC team to as a part of his fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology. At the ADRC, he performs the neurological examinations and participates in the scholarly activities, and clinical trials. Dr. Ahmed completed his residency training in Psychiatry with a focus on Neuropsychiatry and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at Wake Forest University Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed a fellowship in Neurorehabilitation with the department of Neurology wherein he managed patients with acquired brain injury. Alongside, he attended the graduate program in Clinical, Population, and Translational Science at Wake Forest.
Kristoffer Nissinen, MD was born in San Diego, CA and in his first years moved to Finland where he spent the first 20 years of his life. He moved back to the United States in 2001 to pursue a degree in medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at UCI after which he moved to Arkansas for medication school and obtained his MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences School of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at UCI Medical Center and Long Beach VA in the spring of 2011. He is currently furthering his training at the ADRC as a Neurology Fellow with focus on memory disorders and neurodegenerative diseases which includes working with patient’s in clinical practice and clinical trials.
Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD Professor of Neurosciences. Joined the ADRC in 1991. Medical Degree: 1983 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Field of Interest: trophic factor effects on neurons in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, clinical trials of cholinergic agonists in Alzheimer’s disease, gene therapy, nervous system growth factors, and spinal cord injury.
Roberto Malinow, MD, PhD Professor of neurosciences. Malinow came to the UC San Diego School of Medicine in March 2008 from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a private, non-profit research institution in New York, where he held the Alle Davis and Maxine Harrison Endowed Chair of Neurosciences since 1998.  His research focuses on synaptic transmission and plasticity, learning and memory.   He received his medical degree from New York University and his Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Malinow has received numerous awards including the MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research and has been keynote speaker in several venues including the Einar Hille Memorial Lecture, KAC Elliot Lecture and Gordon Conference on Synaptic Transmission.