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Shannon L. Risacher, Ph. D.

My main research interest is in identifying biomarkers for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease pathology before clinical symptoms. Although I primarily evaluate neuroimaging measures from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) techniques, I have significant interest in developing novel biomarkers. I am particularly interested in visual, olfactory, and other sensory measures as potential biomarkers of AD pathology in early stages of disease. I am interested in studying the impact of co-morbid medical and lifestyle factors, including vascular diseases, medications, and diet and exercise, on risk for and neuroimaging biomarkers of dementia. Finally, I have an interest in identifying and evaluating genetic variations that are associated with AD pathology using biomarkers as endophenotypes.In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, biking, and hiking, as well as hunting for shark’s teeth and other fossils.