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Cynthia Carlsson

Professor of Medicine

School of Medicine and Public Health | Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics

Hometown: Grosse Ile, Michigan

Dr. Carlsson is trained as a physician in geriatric medicine and is currently a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She serves as Director of the UW-Madison Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and leads the Clinical Core of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She continues to see patients in the Madison Veterans Affairs Memory Assessment Clinic and conducts clinical research on early identification and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Carlsson has been a part of a variety of national efforts to improve dementia research, care, and services in diverse populations.


Alzheimer's disease and related dementias

This talk will provide an overview of how Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are diagnosed and managed. It will include new research on how to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier.

Can Alzheimer's be diagnosed before memory loss starts?

This talk will discuss novel biomarkers such as imaging tests, blood tests, and spinal fluid tests that detect brain changes associated with AD decades before memory loss develops.

Vascular contributions to dementia

This talk will include discussions on how vascular risk factors contribute to dementia and what can be done to reduce Alzheimer’s risk.