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Vanderbilt Department of Neurology

Angela L. Jefferson, Ph.D.


Biographical sketch

Dr. Angela Jefferson is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University, Director of the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center (www.vanderbiltmemory.com), and a clinical neuropsychologist with over 15 years of experience studying risk factors associated with unhealthy cognitive aging, including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. She is the recipient of multiple research awards, including an NIA-funded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32), an NIH-funded Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Award (K12), an NIA-funded Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging (K23), an Alzheimer’s Association National Research Award, and an NIA-funded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32).

Research Summary

Dr. Jefferson is the former Associate Director of the NIA-funded Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Her research program emphasizes understanding relations between vascular health and brain aging in older adults with the earliest cognitive symptoms or pathophysiological markers of Alzheimer’s disease. Her research initiatives are supported by a combination of NIH and foundation funding mechanisms. Dr. Jefferson’s clinical interests include general medical neuropsychology and geriatric neuropsychology with expertise in differentiating mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease from normal cognitive aging. For more information on Dr. Jefferson’s research interests, please visit her laboratory website at: www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/jeffersonlab.

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