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Ken Nakamura, MD, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentNeurology
Address1650 Owens St
San Francisco CA 94107
Phone415-734-2550
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    Dr. Ken Nakamura is a neurologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with Parkinson’s disease at the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic. He also runs a research laboratory at the Gladstone Institutes, where he investigates how disruptions of mitochondria—the “power centers” of cells that convert nutrients into energy—contribute to the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Nakamura earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biological sciences from Cornell University, and an MD and PhD in neurobiology from the University of Chicago. His thesis work focused on the role of oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. Nakamura then completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at UCSF, and a clinical fellowship in movement disorders at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He also completed a research fellowship at UCSF, during which he investigated how alpha-synuclein disrupts mitochondrial morphology and function and contributes to the development of Parkinson’s disease. He has received several awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists.


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    Determining how neural activity impairs bioenergetics in PD pathogenesis
    NIH/NINDS R01NS091902Apr 1, 2015 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Regulation of mitochondrial morphology by alpha-synuclein
    NIH/NINDS K08NS062954Jul 1, 2009 - Jun 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    GLUTATHIONE AND DOPAMINERGIC NEURONAL SURVIVAL
    NIH/NIMH F30MH011986Jul 1, 1998
    Role: Principal Investigator
    RCMI CLINICAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE (RCRII)
    NIH P20RR011091Sep 30, 1995 - Jan 31, 2011
    Role: Co-Investigator

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