Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, impacting growing numbers of Americans as the population ages. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that vascular risk factors (such as hypertension, smoking, and diabetes) are probable risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Dr. Gottesman's research focuses on the nature of this association (between vascular risk factors, and vascular disease itself, such as stroke or heart failure, and cognitive impairment or dementia), using brain imaging and epidemiologic methods. Vascular disease is generally preventable, so represents an important pathway of potential treatment and prevention of dementia.
Dr. Rebecca Gottesman attended medical school at Columbia University in New York, and then came to Johns Hopkins for neurology residency. She has been at Hopkins since then, having completed a PhD in clinical investigation, a stroke fellowship, and now holding positions in the Departments of Neurology and Epidemiology as an Associate Professor. She also is an associate faculty member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Her research primarily uses large epidemiologic cohorts, particularly the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) cohort, to evaluate the vascular contribution to dementia, and the cognitive consequences of stroke and its risk factors. Learn more about Dr. Gottesman