Dr. Kristine Yaffe
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Since she was 10 years old, Dr. Kristine Yaffe has been keenly interested in biology and research. After working in France as a medical writer for a year, she decided to enroll in medical school.
Dr. Yaffe is currently the Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology and the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. With a focus on improving the care of patients with cognitive disorders, Dr. Yaffe’s work has been instrumental in outlining effective ways to prevent and treat diseases like Alzheimer’s in older adults. One significant discovery she has made is in identifying a linkage between sleep disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder to an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
For her outstanding contributions to Alzheimer’s research, Dr. Yaffe was named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomas Reuters, and also received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Potamkin Prize by the American Academy of Neurology.
“Some of our recent work in a cohort of middle-aged adults suggests that a brain-healthy lifestyle is important even in early adulthood. In a study of older women, we found that physical activity in adolescence was beneficial for cognitive health in late life, but women who were physical activity later in life also benefitted.”
-Dr. Kristine Yaffe