Professional Training
The UCSF Memory and Aging Center is committed to training the future leaders neurology, neuroscience and brain health.

Neurobehavioral Rotation Program

Through the Neurobehavioral Rotation Program, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) offers one-month rotations for senior medical students, residents and fellows that include an intense clinical experience, exposure to clinical research programs and formal didactic lectures. Rotator supervision and evaluation are provided by Howard Rosen, MD, Georges Naasan, MD, and David Perry, MD.

International Visiting Scholars

At the MAC we welcome the opportunity to train physicians, psychologists and other medical professionals from around the world. The MAC International Visiting Scholar Program offers opportunities to observe in our clinic and potentially collaborate in ongoing research projects.

Visiting Students

The MAC Visiting Student Program offers training and observation of research studies under the supervision of a principal investigator. In addition, visiting students attend other lectures and didactics. Visiting students are undergraduates or graduates enrolled in a degree-granting program at a university and can stay for up to a year.

Behavioral Neurology Training Program

The UCSF Behavioral Neurology Training Program (BNTP) is a two-year program designed to prepare neurologists to pursue a research career in behavioral neurology. The BNTP is certified by the United Council on Neurologic Specialties (UCNS). Fellow supervision and evaluation are provided by the Program Director (Bruce Miller, MD) and Co-Director (Howard Rosen, MD), in addition to a research advisor chosen by the trainee.

Neuropsychology Training Program

The UCSF Neuropsychology Training Program in the Department of Neurology provides both postdoctoral and pre-doctoral training in neuropsychology. Training occurs primarily through the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC). In addition to a large clinical service, we have research programs that focus on healthy aging, mild cognitive impairment, frontotemporal lobar disorders and Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the UCSF Department of Neurology, which has over 80 faculty members, the MAC maintains strong collaborative relationships with other clinical programs and with basic scientists in areas ranging from molecular biology to cognitive neuroscience at UCSF and other Bay Area institutions. The Neuropsychology Training Program shares resources with the Behavioral Neurology Training Program, a certified program designed to prepare neurologists for research careers in behavioral neurology.

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)

The goal of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) is to mentor outstanding individuals who want to make a lasting impact on brain health in their communities and around the world. The collaboration is co-directed by internationally recognized leaders at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). GBHI is designed to train leaders from any discipline – including but not limited to medicine, science, public policy, journalism, business, law and the arts – provided the individual possesses the skill, compassion and drive to be a force of change for brain health.

Grand Rounds

As part of its commitment to ongoing educational and professional development, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center hosts weekly seminars intended for academics in the Department of Neurology. These Friday seminars feature guest speakers from around the world and our own neurologists, neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists discussing current and upcoming research including topics such as brain and behavior, neuropathology, dementia and cognition.

Conferences

  • Rapidly Progressive Dementia and Subacute Encephalopathies: The University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurology hosted a one-day conference in November 2010 of some of the leading experts in rapidly progressive dementia (RPD) to introduce participants to the latest cutting-edge diagnostic techniques and provide a diagnostic algorithm for RPD.
  • Bridging Cultures: Improving Evaluation and Treatment of Cognitive Disorders: This one-day conference in 2008 had a morning science track titled Taking Action: Cognitive Disorders Research and Care in Underserved Populations. The afternoon caregiver track was Providing Support: Focus on Asian-Pacific Islander Caregivers, and this session was presented in English with Chinese interpretation services provided to those who wanted it.
  • FTD 2006: 5th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementia: The 5th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementia was a three-day conference with one full day devoted to caregivers, family members and interested laypersons, as well as three days of scientific sessions. Topics included the molecular basis of FTD, animal models, behavioral manifestations, diagnostic testing and biomarker assessments including neuroimaging and genetics.