Dr. James Brewer Named Chair at UCSD & ANA Update

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From the President of the AUPN

James B. Brewer, MD, PhD, has been named the new chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the University of California San Diego Health, where he has served as interim chair since November 2016. He replaces former chair William Mobley, MD, PhD, who stepped down to become Associate Dean for Neurosciences Initiatives at UC San Diego Health.

Dr. Brewer came to UC San Diego in 2004 in a joint appointment with the departments of Neurosciences and Radiology. He is a pioneer in neuroimaging, particularly in the areas of progressive neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). As well as being a professor of neuroscience, Dr. Brewer directs the 

Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Imaging Core and the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Dr. Brewer's primary research interest has long been human memory, which he investigates using functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging in volunteers with healthy memory and those with impairment, typically caused by disease, such AD. He was one of the first researchers to show that functional MRI can identify distinct activations within the medial temporal lobe of the brain, a key target of AD which shows early, selective damage, and was first to demonstrate that this imaged activity could predict successful memory for presented stimuli. Dr. Brewer has significantly advanced brain imaging technologies, including work that has resulted in an FDA-approved imaging tool for assessing brain atrophy.

In addition to his research and clinical services — he cares for patients at both UC San Diego Health and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System — Dr. Brewer is widely consulted on neurodegenerative cases involving interpretation of regional brain atrophy. He also teaches neurosciences and neurology to graduate students, medical students and residents; is an active participant in the Neurosciences Graduate Program and the UC San Diego Neurology Residents’ Clinic at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.

After completing a Fulbright Scholarship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, Dr. Brewer received his graduate and medical training at Stanford University followed by neurology residency at Johns Hopkins University.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brewer in his new role.

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Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSc
President AUPN 

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