Alzheimer's Walk: San Francisco
Last Saturday, the CIND had a team that participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease hosted in San Francisco. We would like to send our sincerest a
ppreciation for all the support and donations we received. Thanks to you, our team was able to raise a total of $945 towards the Alzheimer's Association!
Also, a big thank you for those who were able to come out and walk and represent for the CIND, despite the rainy weather. Way to make us proud! And to the leading people who helped organize together our team and event, you were awesome. I believe it is safe to say it was succesful!
Check out a few of our photos below, they're soaked with fun!
Ronald Arenson, chairman of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF, has announced that Dr. Pratik Mukherjee will become the new Director for the Center for Imaging Neurodegenrative Diseases. See his message below:
I am pleased to announce that Pratik Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, has accepted our offer to become the new Director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease (CIND) based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
Dr. Mukherjee received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Yale University. He received his M.D at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Rockefeller University. After completing a radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis, Dr. Mukherjee joined our faculty at UCSF where he has excelled in imaging research focused on cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Mukherjee is an internationally recognized expert in imaging of structural and functional brain connectivity, including the human connectome as well as imaging of traumatic brain injury. He is one of the world’s leading experts on diffusion MRI and tractography, having published dozens of papers in this field, and was an expert panelist of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in August to develop standards for diffusion MRI for both scientific and clinical applications. Recent peer-reviewed publications from his laboratory include original research papers on the human structural connectome as well as functional connectivity imaging of traumatic brain injury (TBI) with magnetoencephalography (MEG).
Pratik has established a successful research program in advanced neuroimaging of mild TBI (which accounts for the vast majority of TBI in the military population), with several of the most highly cited papers in the TBI literature over the past 5 years and several more currently in the publication pipeline (including one on resting state MEG of TBI that is featured on the cover of the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery). His research program is funded by grants from the NIH, the Department of Defense, and the Brain Trauma Foundation, with past funding from the Dana Foundation and the McDonnell Foundation. He has served as the Neuroimaging Core Director and one of the PIs for a current $18 million NIH U01 multi-center grant proposal to create an International TBI Research collaboration. The study of TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans will be a natural new direction for Pratik’s research program
As a practicing clinical neuroradiologist, Dr. Mukherjee is well qualified to oversee translation of research performed at the CIND to routine use in the reading room and other clinical arenas such as image guidance in the operating room. His contributions at UCSF include developing high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and tractography methods that are used on an almost daily basis at UCSF for presurgical white matter mapping, and (2) creating a thriving clinical functional MRI service at UCSF. Quantitative volumetrics of neurodegenerative diseases, an area of particular strength for the CIND, is perhaps the most promising area for current clinical translation to the reading room. The integration of structural MRI, physiologic MRI and metabolic/molecular imaging using FDG-PET and amyloid PET will be a goal for translational research at the CIND. Pratik is well qualified to accelerate research in multimodal imaging, with his expertise in machine learning techniques that he has employed with increasing sophistication in recent scientific publications.
As a UCSF faculty member for more than a decade, Pratik has developed extensive clinical and research collaborations with the faculty of departments such as Radiology, Bioengineering, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Psychiatry. He will leverage these ties to increase alliances between CIND and non-SFVAMC UCSF faculty for joint research initiatives. This will also allow non-SFVAMC UCSF faculty to utilize unique CIND resources, such as the research Siemens 3T and 7T scanners, thereby contributing to the success of the CIND. CIND investigators will also benefit from UCSF campus resources such as the MEG scanner, the forthcoming MR-PET system and the Bioengineering computing cluster.
Again I want to express my appreciation to Michael Weiner, MD, for his excellent leadership of CIND for so many years. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Mukherjee and wish him success in his new role.
Ronald Arenson, M.D.
June 3, 2013
Our very own Michael W. Weiner, MD, the director here at the Center for Imagining Neurodegenerative Diseases, as well as a Professor of Radiology at UCSF, has been awarded the 2013 Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s Research. He as well as William J. Jagust, MD, with the University of California, Berkeley, and Eric M. Reiman, MD, with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, were presented with the award this past March at the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego. They were also given a $100,000 prize, an internationally recognized tribute for advancing dementia research.
The Potamkin Prize honors researchers for their work in advancing the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, Pick’s disease and other related disorders. Weiner is receiving the prize for his work toward improving the detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, and achieving a better understanding of the effects of current treatments.
Weiner helped form the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), the largest funded grant to study Alzheimer’s disease. ADNI was the first to perform amyloid PET imaging brain scans at multiple sites across the United States. Today, amyloid PET imaging is widely available for diagnosis and use in clinical trials.
The Potamkin Prize is made possible by the philanthropic contributions of the Potamkin family of Colorado, Philadelphia and Miami. The goal of the prize is to help attract the best medical minds and most dedicated scientists in the world to the field of dementia research. The Potamkin family has been the American Academy of Neurology's single largest individual donor since 1988, providing more than $2.5 million to fund the Potamkin Prize.