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Neurology Staff


Douglas R. Galasko, M.D. Director of the Shiley-Marcos ADRC. Professor In Residence, Department of  Neurosciences.   Joined the ADRC in 1987.  Medical Degree: 1979 Johannesburg General Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Field of interest: Clinical research pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and neurological problems associated with aging.



Edward H. Koo, M.D. Professor, Department of Neurosciences; Associate Director of the ADRC. Joined the ADRC in 1996. Medical Degree: 1980 Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina.  Completed Neurology residency at University of California, San Francisco.  Field of Interest: Cell and molecular biology of AD and neurodegeneration, mechanisms of neuronal and synaptic damage, and translation medicine in AD therapeutics.


Jody Corey-Bloom M.D., Ph.D. 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.



James B. Brewer, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant 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 recently featured in an Apple Computer advertisement for his cutting edge research methods in the realm of neuroimaging.


Michael Rafii , M.D., Ph.D. Fellow, Department of Neurosciences. Field of Interest: Memory and Aging, Clinical Trials and Neuroimaging of Cognitive Disorders. Joined the ADRC in 2006. Medical Degree: Brown University School of Medicine and completed his Neurology Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.



Mark Tuszynski, M.D., Ph.D.  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.


John Daly, M.D. Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UCSD. He is also the Consultant Geriatrician to the Senior Behavioral Medicine inpatient unit at UCSD Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, CA. Medical Degree: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM. Field of Interest: Rheumatology and Geriatrics with a specialization in dementia care. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Daly conducts research and teaches medical students. He is also a UCSD SOCARE (Seniors Only Care) physician.


Roberto Malinow, M.D., Ph.D. 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.