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Suzee Lee, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
UC San Francisco

suzee.lee@ucsf.edu
Key areas: behavioral neurology, genetic frontotemporal dementia, neuroimaging

Suzee Lee is a behavioral neurologist who evaluates and treats patients with cognitive disorders. Her lab focuses on developing neuroimaging techniques to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of preclinical and early-stage genetic frontotemporal dementia (FTD). A current hypothesis in the field of dementia research is that future drug treatments may only be effective before profound neurodegeneration. Thus, understanding the earliest disease stages and detecting brain abnormalities even before symptoms start, may prove critical for the success of future treatments. Her goal is to integrate different brain imaging techniques and other biomarkers to monitor families with FTD from childhood to adulthood, and throughout the symptomatic phase.

At GBHI, she serves as a mentor for Atlantic fellows and teaches the GBHI skills module, which provides instruction on grant writing and presentations.

Mapping biomarker trajectories of neurodegenerative disease biomarkers throughout a person’s lifespan will help identify the earliest signs of disease

Bio: Dr. Suzee Lee is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the UCSF Weill Institute of Neuroscience’s Memory and Aging Center. She received her BA in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College and her MD from the McGill Faculty of Medicine. She completed internship at Brown University Alport School of Medicine, neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She is Director of the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab and Director of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center Visiting Scholar Program. Her lab focuses on developing neuroimaging techniques to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of preclinical and early-stage genetic frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

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