Laura L. Dugan, M.D.


Dr. Laura Dugan is a professor of Alzheimer’s at Vanderbilt University and the geriatric medicine head, Division of Geriatric Medicine at the Department of Medicine, Brain Institute & Neuroscience Program.  She currently holds the Abram C. Shmerling Chair in Alzheimer’s and Geriatric Medicine, and is head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  As a physician-scientist who has active research on neurodegenerative disorders, she has been involved in Alzheimer’s Disease research for over 20 years, first at Washington University, St. Louis and then, at the University of California, San Diego as a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) faculty at both institutions. Her work has been published in Science, Nature Medicine, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, J. Neuroscience, Neuron, Neurobiol. Aging, PLoS ONE, Aging Cell, and JBC. She has been the principal investigator of multiple NIH-funded awards.