Ken Nakamura, MD, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||1650 Owens Street|
San Francisco CA 94143
Dr. Ken Nakamura is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is also an Assistant Investigator at the Gladstone Institute for Neurological Disease, where he runs a research laboratory investigating how disruptions of mitochondria (the “power centers” of cells, which convert nutrients into energy) contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. 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. He then completed an internship in internal medicine and neurology residency at UCSF, and a subsequent clinical fellowship in movement disorders at UCSF and the San Francisco VA. He also completed a research fellowship at UCSF investigating how the Parkinson’s disease protein alpha-synuclein disrupts mitochondrial morphology and function, and contributes to the development of Parkinson’s disease.
As an attending in the UCSF Movement Disorders group, Dr. Nakamura treats patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, and also performs botulinum toxin injections for selected movement disorders.
Dr. Nakamura received a Larry L. Hillblom Foundation Fellowship grant in 2005 to study the role of alpha-synuclein conformation and multimerization in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. He also received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists in 2008, and a Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (KO8) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in 2009.
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