UCSF Faculty Senate
(February 2, 2018)

Faculty Profile:
Researcher Lea T. Grinberg, MD, PhD

By Kathryn Sill

For Lea T. Grinberg, MD, PhD, her childhood dream of becoming a scientist seemed farfetched. It sat upon a distant shelf next to other mystical dream careers, like “astronaut.”

As a child, Grinberg would ride her bike to the local university campus on the weekends and gaze into the large windows of the chemistry department’s laboratories. She would wonder if maybe someday, she too, would call herself a scientist.

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UCSF News Center
(August 16, 2017)

"A Laughing Matter":
SF Comedian Looks to Tell the Stories of Dementia Patients, Caregivers

By Mitzi Baker

The Global Brain Health Institute has brought in its first class of Atlantic Fellows. The 32 fellows are taking a range of classes and pursuing projects with the goal of returning to their communities with knowledge and skills to implement changes impacting brain health.

"During his year as a GBHI Fellow, Kornbluth is using his techniques to develop a one-man show on the subject of dementia. In addition, he will help members of an early-onset dementia support group – those suffering from dementia and their spouses – to develop and perform their own autobiographical tales."

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University of California News
(December 6, 2016)

"Alzheimer’s and concussion-related CTE may spread in the brain via common mechanism"

By Pete Farley

"A shared biological mechanism may drive the progression of both Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative condition associated with repeated concussions and brain trauma, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco scientists."

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New York Times Article
(September 23, 2014)

"Brain Trauma Extends Research into Soccer":
Researchers Find Bellini, Star for Brazil, Had Brain Disease C.T.E.

By Sam Borden

"Bellini, a Brazilian soccer star who led the team that won the 1958 World Cup and was honored with a statue outside the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, had a degenerative brain disease linked to dozens of boxers and American football players when he died in March at age 83.

At the time, his death was attributed to complications related to Alzheimer's disease. But researchers now say he had an advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., which is caused by repeated blows to the head and has symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's."

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