Dr. Ronald C. Petersen

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Dr. Ronald C. Petersen is a Professor of Neurology and Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s disease Research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is Director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, both of which involve the study and characterization of aging individuals over time. In 2011, he was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to chair the Advisory Committee on Research, Care, and Services for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act and is also a member of the World Dementia Council.

Dr. Petersen focuses on investigations of cognition in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment and dementia. He and his colleagues evaluate cognitive changes in normal aging as well as in a variety of disorders involving impairment in cognition, such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Lewy body dementia.

Dr. Petersen has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the 2004 MetLife Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and, the 2005 Potamkin Prize for Research in Picks, Alzheimer’s, and Related Disorders of the American Academy of Neurology, the 2012 Khachaturian award of the Alzheimer’s Association and the 2013 Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Petersen received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Mayo Medical School in 1980.  He completed an internship in medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and returned to Mayo Clinic to complete a residency in neurology. That was followed by a fellowship in behavioral neurology at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.