Bill is a behavioral neurologist whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases. He has a special interest in frontotemporal dementia and related disorders, and his laboratory uses brain imaging and experimental neuropathological methods as tools to understand selective neuronal vulnerability. Bill also directs the UCSF Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank.
To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to target the right interventions to the right people, acknowledging that dementia has many causes, variations and consequences, that require tailored therapy.
Bill is a neurologist and neuroscientist who studies the molecular anatomy of neurodegeneration, seeking to clarify disease mechanisms and develop novel diagnostic and disease-monitoring biomarkers.
Bill's team is developing imaging biomarkers that will play a key role in patient selection for clinical trials and, ultimately, for treatments, once available.
Bill graduated from Brown University in 1994 and from UCSF with an MD in 1999. He was a resident in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, before returning to UCSF for a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology, with Bruce Miller, in 2003. He is currently a Professor of Neurology and Pathology at UCSF.