Michael Ward, MD, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||505 Parnassus Ave, Moffitt|
San Francisco CA 94143
|National Institutes of Health||2013
||2018||K08 Career Development Award|
|American Brain Foundation||2013||Clinical Research Training Fellowship|
|American Neurological Association||2012||ANA Travel Fellowship|
|UCSF CTSI||2012||T1 Catalyst Award|
|UCSF||2010||Flexible Residency in Neurology supported by the Shupin Endowment|
|Washington University in St. Louis||2006||O'Leary Prize in Neuroscience (Finalist)|
|Gordon Research Conference||2004||Gordon Conference Travel Fellowship|
|Kenyon College||1999||Summa Cum Laude|
|Kenyon College||1999||Phi Beta Kappa|
|Barry Goldwater Foundation||1997||Barry Goldwater Scholarship|
I am a behavioral neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of complex neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.
My research focuses on understanding core mechanisms that underlie neurodegeneration, with an ultimate goal of developing novel early-stage diagnostics and therapeutics for these debilitating and currently untreatable diseases.
Our group employs a combination of approaches involving non-invasive studies of human subjects with dementing illnesses and basic studies using mouse models of these diseases. We recently discovered that retinal neuron death occurs before cognitive changes in certain neurodegenerative diseases. Using the retina as a model system, we are studying basic mechanisms that underlie neuronal death and dysfunction in neurodegenerative conditions, and investigating whether new retinal imaging techniques might allow us to diagnose and monitor dementing illnesses at early stages.
Neurodegenerative Diseases, Retinal imaging, Microscopy, Neuroscience
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