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overview Bryan D. James, PhD, is an epidemiologist with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Epidemiology Research. His research focuses on identifying risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cognitive decline and disability at the population level. In particular, he is interested in social and lifestyle factors that can protect against the clinical manifestation of disease pathology in the aging brain. He is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging to examine why hospitalization can lead to cognitive problems in some older persons. James received his PhD in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009 and Master of Bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. He joined the RADC in 2009. James is an active member of the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Society for Epidemiological Research (SER), for which he co-chairs the Publications Committee and leads the SER Podcast initiative, “Epidemiology Counts”. He has published extensively in the areas of cognitive aging, gerontology, neuroepidemiology, and research ethics. Since 2011, Dr. James has contributed to the Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures annual report.

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