New Publication: Age-Related Differences in Diagnostic Accuracy of Plasma Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein and Tau for Identifying Acute Intracranial Trauma on Computed Tomography: A TRACK-TBI Study

By Raquel C. Gardner on August 10, 2018
Plasma tau and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) are promising biomarkers for identifying traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients with intracranial trauma on computed tomography (CT). Accuracy in older adults with mild TBI (mTBI), the fastest growing TBI population, is unknown. Our aim was to...

New Publication: Do postconcussive symptoms from traumatic brain injury in combat veterans predict risk for receiving opioid therapy for chronic pain?

August 08, 2018
Several CPBH investigators participated in a study in which combat Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain and postconcussive symptoms were more likely to be prescribed opioid therapy than those without postconcussive symptoms.  This is important because opioid therapy is...

Dr. Kaup received a new pilot grant through the UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP)'s "Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences."

July 05, 2018
This exciting pilot project will be an entirely mobile study of cognitive aging.  We will utilize digital health technology, like sensors and apps, to investigate associations between mobile measures of health and lifestyle factors and mobile measures of cognition in older adults. This study will...

Dr. Barnes was nominated as a 2018 Federal Employee of the Year for her pioneering work on the Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ) program

July 02, 2018
Dr. Barnes was nominated as a 2018 Federal Employee of the Year for her pioneering work on the Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ) program. The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Cognition and mobility show a global association in middle- and late-adulthood: Analyses from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

July 02, 2018
Abstract Background Given our aging population, there’s great interest in identifying modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline. Studies have highlighted the relationship between aspects of mobility and cognitive processes. However, cognition and mobility are both multifaceted concepts and...

Concussion raises Parkinson's disease risk in large U.S. study

By Gene Emery on May 16, 2018
(Reuters Health) - A new study of hundreds of thousands of U.S. armed forces veterans concludes that banging your head severely enough to lose consciousness can dramatically increase the risk of Parkinson’s, the brain disease marked by tremors, slow movements, balance problems and difficulty...

In veterans, even a mild case of traumatic brain injury is linked to an increased risk of dementia

By Karen Kaplan on May 11, 2018
Mild traumatic brain injury may sound like an oxymoron, along the lines of "jumbo shrimp" or "random order." But a new study shows that mild TBIs can have serious consequences for military veterans by raising their risk of dementia.

Dr. Kaup selected as an "Emerging Leaders in Aging" scholar

March 02, 2018
The Emerging Leaders in Aging Program, sponsored by Tideswell, the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP), focused on augmenting and leveraging existing leadership skills in clinical care, research, and education.

Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ)

March 01, 2018
Dr. Barnes received a VA Innovators Award for PLIÉ: an integrative group movement program designed to improve function and quality of life in people living with dementia and their care partners.

NIH Grant for "Development and Validation of the EMR Risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia Assessment Rule (eRADAR)."

March 01, 2018
Dr. Barnes received a grant from NIH to develop and validate an electronic tool that uses data from the electronic medical record (EMR) to identify patients likely to have undiagnosed dementia.