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Grantees in the News: Three Beeson Scholars research cognitive function of older adults with TBI

Mar 9
2017

Grantees in the News: Three Beeson Scholars research cognitive function of older adults with TBI View MoreBACK

The March 7, 2017  issue of the open access, peer-reviewed journal Plos Medicine features research collaboratively published by three of AFAR's Beeson Scholars: 2015 Beeson Scholar Raquel Gardner, MD; 2003 Beeson Scholar Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD; and 2001 Beeson Scholar Kristine Yaffe, MD.

In “Subjective and objective cognitive function among older adults with a history of traumatic brain injury: A population-based cohort study,” the trio proposes:


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is extremely common across the lifespan and is an established risk factor for dementia. The cognitive profile of the large and growing population of older adults with prior TBI who do not have a diagnosis of dementia, however, has not been well described. Our aim was to describe the cognitive profile associated with prior TBI exposure among community-dwelling older adults without dementia—an understudied but potentially vulnerable population.

Read the full study here.


Raquel Gardner, MD, is an Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco.

Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health; and Research Professor, Survey Research Center
at the University of Michigan.

Kristine Yaffe, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology and the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine.


For more on age-related memory and dementias, explore this Ask the Expert interview.





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