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The American Academy of Neurology is awarding the 2017 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's and Related Diseases to Kristine Yaffe, MD for her work in dementia research. Sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of Alzheimer's research, the Potamkin Prize honors researchers for their work in helping to advance the understanding of Pick's disease, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The $100,000 prize is an internationally recognized tribute for advancing dementia research. NCIRE is proud to support this research, which is advancing the health of Veterans and the general public.

Yaffe serves as the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) and is also on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research focuses on the identification of modifiable risk factors, including cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, sleep disturbances and traumatic brain injury. The results of her research in these areas highlight the critical role of modifiable risk factors, not just in late life, but across the lifespan. Her work also provides important insight into the pathways that increase dementia risk. “Our research on modifiable risk factors for dementia prevention is important both for individual patients who are concerned about their cognitive health, and for public health prevention,” Yaffe said. “Addressing these risk factors could be a fundamental component of our strategy for slowing down the dementia epidemic.”

The Potamkin Prize is made possible by the philanthropic contributions of the Potamkin family of New York, 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 Academy’s single largest individual donor since 1988, providing more than $2 million to fund the Potamkin Prize.

The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 32,000 members. The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. Learn more about dementia and related diseases at www.aan.com/patients.

Congratulations to Dr. Yaffe for this recognition. Dr. Yaffe will be honored at the American Academy Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston.

The Northern California Institute for Research and Education (NCIRE) is a scientific community of clinicians and researchers bringing the power of modern medicine to the health of our nation’s Veterans. A diverse scientific community of over 100 principal investigators, all academically affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco and based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, contribute expertise and knowledge to a thriving community of collaborative scientific discovery. Our mission is to advance Veterans health and to shape a healthier future for Veterans and their families.

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April 11, 2017