The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
McGovern Medical School
Department of Neurology
One of the main clinics within the Mischer Neuroscience Institute is the Neurocognitive Disorders Center. In the clinic, we see patients from all over the world who come to us with concerns about changes in their memory, mood, or behavior. Oftentimes, these can be a direct result of brain injury, the first step in a disease process, or as sequelae to some other change. In total, the clinic is about 9550 square feet and has offices for myself, another neurologist (Dr. David Hunter), the three neuropsychologists who work at the clinic, a nurse, an office coordinator, a coding specialist, 3 neuropsychology technicians, and 5-6 study personnel. In addition, there are 4 patient exam rooms and 6 neuropsychological testing rooms. There is also space allocated outside the clinical wing for a lab bench, which is used for various ongoing studies.
My group is investigating risk factors for dementia in order to understand why it develops, including both environmental and genetic factors. We use imaging, epidemiologic, and genetic approaches and have identified several risk factors. Our lab is also investigating ways to diagnose dementia earlier, perhaps before symptoms develop, in order to determine whether interventions in the pre-symptomatic stage might delay or prevent the development of dementia.
Education & Training
M.D. - Boston University - 1984