UW ADRC faculty, doctors, researchers, research fellows
Murray Raskind, MD
Murray Raskind, MD, is Director of the UW ADRC and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Northwest Network Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). He is also Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UW. Dr. Raskind received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and he began his academic career in geriatric psychopharmacology and neuroendocrinology at the University of Washington. His research efforts focus on studies of Alzheimer's disease, aging, depression, and noncognitive behavioral problems in dementia. Dr. Raskind is also interested in developing new treatments for difficult behaviors in Alzheimer's patients.
Elaine Peskind, MD
Associate Director and Clinical Core Director
Elaine Peskind, MD, is Associate Director of the UW ADRC, Friends of Alzheimer's Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the UW, and Co-Director of the VA Northwest Network MIRECC. At a national level, Dr. Peskind is an elected fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Her research over the past twenty-five years has addressed stress hormones in aging and Alzheimer's disease, spinal fluid biomarkers of aging, Alzheimer's, and related disorders, and treatment for both the memory impairment and behavioral problems of Alzheimer's disease. Her research interests include clinical brain imaging and spinal fluid biomarkers in combat blast concussion traumatic brain injury and future risk of dementia in our young Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans. She is funded by the National Institute on Aging to lead a study of the drug prazosin for treating disruptive agitation in Alzhiemer's disease.
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Debby Tsuang, MD, MSc
Clinical Core Associate Director
Debby Tsuang, MD, MSc, is Clinical Core Co-Associate Director of the ADRC, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and Epidemiology at the UW, Director of the VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, and a founding member of the VA Northwest Network MIRECC. She is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist with a strong interest in advancing our understanding and treatment of complex aging-related disorders. To this end, Dr. Tsuang has pursued clinical, pathological, and genetic research on dementia with Lewy bodies, Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia. These studies have been funded by multiple mechanisms, including the National Institutes of Health, the VA, and several private foundations.
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James Leverenz, MD
Education and Information Core Director
James Leverenz, MD, is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UW and has been a neurologist at the UW ADRC for over fifteen years. He is also the Director of the UW ADRC's Education and Outreach Core. His research focuses on the clinical and pathological characteristics of a variety of diseases and disorders associated with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson disease, Lewy body dementia, Down syndrome, and frontotemporal dementia.
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Gail Li, MD, PhD
Clinical Core Associate Director
Gail Li, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UW, a Co-Associate Director of the ADRC Clinical Core, as well as a UW ADRC research principal investigator (PI). She received her medical degree from Shan Xi Medical College and her masters and doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology from Beijing Medical University, China. Dr. Li has studied the genetics of schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease, and she is currently working closely with fellow UW ADRC investigator Dr. Elaine Peskind to study spinal fluid biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Li is also investigating vascular risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease in a community-based population. She is the PI for a clinical trial funded by the National Institute on Aging, the SimBio study; this study investigates the potential protective effects of a cholesterol medication known as simvastatin for preventing Alzheimer's disease in normal middle-aged participants.
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Eric Petrie, MD, MS
Eric Petrie, MD, MS is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington (UW), and a UW ADRC researcher. He received his degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin and his medical degree from the UW. His current research interests include the development of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiotracers to better characterize the neurobiology giving rise to psychiatric symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease and characterizing potential neuroimaging biomarkers of mild traumatic brain injury in blast-exposed military personnel and civilian athletes.
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Lucy Wang, MD
Lucy Wang, MD, has been a member of the ADRC research team since 2007, when she received a research fellowship from the VA Northwest Network MIRECC. She studied biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then went on to study psychiatry at Penn State Medical School at Hershey. Dr. Wang is a board certified psychiatrist and is funded by a VA Career Development Award to examine the biology of brain adrenaline in disruptive behaviors and agitation in Alzheimer's.
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R. Ronan Murphy, MBChB
Ronan Murphy, MBChB, is an advanced ADRC and VA Northwest Network MIRECC fellow with a specialty in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. He received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh and completed his residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Murphy is board certified in neurology and in vascular neurology and is also certified as an Aviation Medical Examiner. He is particularly interested in studying dementia, brain injury, strokes, and aviation medicine.
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Cindy Mayer, DO
Cindy Mayer, DO, is an advanced ADRC and VA Northwest Network MIRECC fellow who studied at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, and is board certified in nuclear medicine. Dr. Mayer's research focuses on neuroimaging in neurodegenerative disease and traumatic brain injury.
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