Howie Rosen, MD

Professor of Neurology
UC San Francisco
UCSF Faculty Profile
Key Areas: frontotemporal degeneration, imaging, genetics, socioemotional behavior

Neurodegenerative diseases often go unrecognized or unacknowledged, and when physicians do recognize the presence of a serious brain disorder, the cause is often misdiagnosed. Howie Rosen has dedicated his career to rectifying these problems through patient care, research, and education.

There is no better way to leave your mark in the world than to advance knowledge and to teach others to help.

Rosen’s research involves the use of brain imaging and novel assessments of socioemotional functioning to provide objective and sensitive measurements of brain changes that occur in neurodegenerative illnesses. These efforts are conducted through multicenter projects that enroll patients suffering from these disorders as well as those at risk because of genetics or other factors.

Rosen directs the California Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CADC) at UCSF, which has offered comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment and care for hundreds of patients with cognitive and behavioral difficulties and coordinates with other CADCs to improve dementia care throughout California. As director of the Imaging Core at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, he supports the work of many other investigators and collaborators interested in brain imaging. He also supervises unique programs that reach out to medically underserved communities in the Bay Area, in particular Chinese Americans. All of these efforts are designed to overcome scientific and cultural barriers that impede the early and accurate diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases and prepare us for an era when these diseases are treated before they can cause serious impacts on daily living.

Most recently, Rosen became director of Curriculum for GBHI. He also serves as director of the Outreach and Education Core for UCSF’s Alzheimer’s disease research center and director of UCSF’s Behavioral Neurology Training Program. Through these initiatives, he designs and supervises programs that prepare the next generation of dedicated professionals to carry on with this work until the threat posed by dementia is eradicated throughout the world.

Bio: Howie Rosen completed a combined BA/MD program at Boston University in 1989, a residency in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1992, and a Neurology residency at UCSF in 1996. He then trained in cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging at Washington University in St. Louis and returned to UCSF to join the faculty at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 1999. He is an investigator on multiple federal and state-funded research grants and serves as director of the California State Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UCSF, associate director of UCSF’s federally funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, director of UCSF’s Behavioral Neurology Training Program, and director of Curriculum for the Global Brain Health Institute.