Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology

2020 Awardee

Picture of Kristine Yaffe, M.D.
Kristine Yaffe, M.D.

Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology 
University of California, San Francisco


Lecture Title

 Epidemiology of Cognitive Aging: Why Observational Studies Still Matter

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About this Lecture

In this lecture, Dr. Kristine Yaffe will review the latest advances in the epidemiology of cognitive aging and dementia. She will discuss how observational studies can help fill the gaps in evidence for prevention and treatment strategies especially with a life course perspective.

About Dr. Kristine Yaffe

Dr. Yaffe attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, received her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed residencies in neurology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Scola Endowed Chair as well as Vice Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology, and the Director of the Center for Population Brain Health at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also the Chief of Neuropsychiatry and Director of the Memory Evaluation Clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In her research, clinical work, and mentoring, Dr. Yaffe has directed her efforts towards improving the care of patients with cognitive disorders and other geriatric neuropsychiatric conditions.

Dr. Yaffe's research focuses on the epidemiology of dementia and cognitive aging. As the principal investigator of multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and several foundations, she is a leading expert in the modifiable risk factors of dementia, and she has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles (H-index=130; recognized by Clarivate Analytics as one of the most highly cited researchers in her field). Dr. Yaffe served as the Co-Chair of the U.S. Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Cognitive Aging, which released a report in 2015 entitled Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action. She is a member of the Beeson Scientific Advisory Board and the Global Council on Brain Health. Dr. Yaffe has received several awards for her distinguished, scholarly work, including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award and the American Academy of Neurology’s Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s Research.

Last updated on April 17, 2020