Kaup selected for Emerging Leaders in Aging Program

By Nicholas Roznovsky

Neuropsychologist and assistant adjunct professor Allison Kaup, PhD, has been selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders in Aging Program, a joint collaboration between Tideswell at UCSF, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs.

The Emerging Leaders in Aging Program has been designed as a hands-on and practical program for emerging leaders in aging. The program focuses on augmenting and leveraging existing leadership skills relevant to clinical care, research, and education. It complements the existing efforts of other leadership programs in aging by focusing on and enhancing leadership skills in emerging leaders. Utilizing principles emanating from the “start-up” culture in technology and innovation, the program builds on pressing challenges that new leaders are experiencing and helps them to develop strategies to address and sustain positive change.

Kaup, who joined the faculty at UCSF in 2015, is a researcher studying cognitive aging based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her research has included investigations of dementia risk factors, factors that protect against cognitive decline in aging, and neural correlates of cognitive aging. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of cognitive reserve in protecting the aging brain, and aims to identify ways to intervene to promote cognitive health in aging, particularly among older adults who are at high-risk for cognitive decline. Kaup is also investigating whether mobile neuroscience-based cognitive training can be utilized to improve cognitive functioning among older veterans with past traumatic brain injury (TBI).

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.