Approximately 60 Principal Investigators, and several Post Docs, both basic science/laboratory and clinical researchers, work within the Research Institute and the Medical Center.
California Pacific Medical Center physicians from many different disciplines engage in active research. Take a look at our Clinical Trials section for some of these projects.
Catherine Madison, M.D.: Advancing the Care of Patients with Memory Disorders
Approximately half a million Californians are affected by Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or a related memory disorder.
Neurologist Catherine Madison, M.D., directs the Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and has devoted over 15 years of her career to caring for people with these illnesses. The Center—a collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California created to provide patient care, education and research in the area of memory loss—opened its doors in 2012, and since then thousands of Bay-area residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease have received treatment and support.
“Through research advances and an interdisciplinary model, our center aims to remove the stigma of dementia and bring care support to the community, not only for patients, but also for their caregivers,” says Dr. Madison.
A new approach to care for people with memory disorders
The Brain Health Center—one of the only programs of its kind in Northern California and the first developed in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association—began with a creative spark for Dr. Madison—an innovative idea to expand care for individuals and families affected by brain illnesses, beyond the standard treatment approach. “Few programs devoted to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia offer the same breadth of resources,” says Dr. Madison.
“We are working to improve the lives of individuals with cognitive impairment and their families on a daily basis.”
Her team’s goals are to increase quality of life for both patients and their care partners, optimize day-to-day functioning and avoid crises by providing the latest in diagnosis, treatment, research and technology. By taking a holistic view of each patient, Madison and her team have built a care center that provides full-spectrum support for patients.
A measurable difference in treatment
Changes in cognition (as occurs with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease) can generate feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. Spouses, children and friends often have difficulty coping with feelings of helplessness, frustration and grief that accompany a diagnosis of dementia.
The Brain Health Center’s holistic multidisciplinary team offers support and guidance to patients and caregivers, starting at the first appointment and sustained throughout treatment. By identifying potential issues and assisting in proactive planning, many crises are avoided. With Dr. Madison’s guidance, the Care Navigation team connects individuals and families with community-based resources, and provides education and support through private, family and/or group counseling.
And the Center’s impact extends to peer organizations and other medical centers. “Our center’s guiding principles include educating primary care physicians, nurses and other health care providers on best practices in dementia care,” says Dr. Madison.
The Brain Health Center collaborates with other providers from Kaiser Permanente, UCSF and the Alzheimer’s Association on a project called Bay Area Collaboration Cognitive Education (BACCE). BACCE’s mission is to improve the quality of care for people with dementia and their caregivers by creating a coordinated, integrated network of services and support that enables people with cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, to flourish.
Leveraging partnerships to reach a wider patient population
With Dr. Madison’s vision, CPMC’s Brain Health Center began partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association in October 2012 specifically to serve a broader population of patients with dementia and their families that neither organization could reach individually. An Alzheimer’s Association Family Care Specialist, embedded within the Brain Health Center staff, provides services for the Center’s patients and the larger community, including educational classes and early-stage support groups.
- Peggy Cawthon, PhD, MPH
- Stewart Cooper, MD
- Steven Cummings, MD
- Shanaz Dairkee, PhD
- Robert Debs, MD
- Pierre Desprez, PhD
- Dan Evans, PhD
- Gantt Galloway, PharmD
- Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, MD
- Sean D. McAllister, PhD
- John Mendelson, MD
- John Muschler, PhD
- Karin L. Petersen, MD
- Michael C. Rowbotham, MD
- Liliana Soroceanu, MD, PhD
- Katie Stone, PhD
- Gregory James Tranah, PhD
- Cassandra Vieten, PhD
- Esther Wei, ScD
- Li Xi Yang, MD, PhD
- Garret L. Yount, PhD