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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Caroline M. Tanner, M.D., PhD, FAAN

Director, Parkinson's Diesease Research, Education and Clinical Center, SFVAMC
Professor in Residence, Dept. of Neurology, UCSF

Parkinsonís disease, movement disorders

Dr. Tanner’s clinical practice specializes in movement disorders. Her research interests include investigations of descriptive epidemiology, environmental and genetic determinants, biomarkers, early detection, nonmotor disease features and interventions for the secondary prevention, disease modification and symptomatic treatment of movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Tanner is past co-chair of the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) and has  conducted numerous clinical trials with the PSG and other groups. Other research interests include work to facilitate collaborative research and improve patient access to research and clinical care, locally and internationally, including the MDS Telemedicine Task Force and work to identify PD-associated biomarkers (Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, LABS-PD studies). 

Dr. Tanner chairs the MDS Epidemiology Task Force, serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, and on committees for NIH and the AAN.  Her honors include the AAN Movement Disorders Research Award in 2012,  the Cotzias Award of the Spanish Neurological Society in 2013 and the White House Champions of Change for Parkinson’s in 2015.

To see Dr. Tanner on Pub Med, click here.