Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry

Now is the time to work together to deepen our understanding of the neurobiology that underpins our capacity for expressing ourselves and understanding one another.

Current Work

Marilu is a behavioral neurologist whose work concentrates on behavioral neurology across the lifespan and investigates the neural basis of higher cognitive functions such as language and memory. Her research resulted in new diagnostic criteria for PPA and its variants. She co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

Words of Strength

Creativity and interdisciplinary team leadership

Vision

The neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases that affect language can have a fundamental impact on wellbeing. Now is the time to work together to deepen our understanding of the neurobiology that underpins our capacity for expressing ourselves and understanding one another.

Strategy

As Director of the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Marilu is mentoring the next generation of scientists and clinicians to translate our deepening understanding of the neurobiology of language to improve the lives of people living with dyslexia and primary progressive aphasia.

Motivation

Marilu's lab brings many scientific disciplines together to discover structural and functional differences in the brains of children and adults with dyslexia and older people with primary progressive aphasia. They use these discoveries to generate specific interventions that leverage the strengths of each individual to support their learning and wellbeing.

Education & Experience

Marilu obtained her medical degree and clinical neurology specialty training at the University of Brescia in Italy, and a PhD in the neuroimaging of language from University College London and completed her Clinical Fellowship at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center. She is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at UCSF where she holds the Charles Schwab Distinguished Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment.

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