Jason Karlawish is a physician and author. His novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, based on true events along the early 19th century American frontier, is the story of a physician's increasing obsession with achieving fame and fortune. Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Penn Medicine Researchers Receive Funding from CDC to Advance Brain Health
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 1:22pm
PHILADELPHIA – Researchers affiliated with Penn’s newly-created Prevention Research Center (PRC), have received two grants totaling over $860,000 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Special Interest Project (SIP) to advance the CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative.
The UPenn PRC conducts innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In June...
Lighting up with Leonard
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:12pm
My review of Stanley Prusiner's autobiography is published
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 8:38pm
Near the end of Stanley Prusiner’s memoir of his Nobel Prize-winning research into the cause of such devastating neurological diseases as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and Mad Cow Disease, he recounts how, after a talk at the Aspen Institute, his host admonished him for delivering overly sobering remarks on Alzheimer’s disease. “You have to give people some hope,” his host told him. “You need to give them some reason to believe that Alzheimer...
Catching up on me and AD and related disorders
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 9:34am
I've been too, too busy at the desk and also on the road – all of it trying to make sense of Alzheimers disease, dementia and the aging brain/mind. Some key events included attending the Alzheimer's Association International Congress (AAIC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The image is...
Alzheimers disease finds a different voice
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:29am
AP has a story about Peter Bristol, one of the first subjects of the A4 Study – shorthand for the...
How to assess decisionmaking capacity... an audio lecture
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 7:18pm
A blood test for Alzheimer's??? Not so fast....
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:22am
Nature Medicine published a study reporting how in a cohort of 500 someodd adults -- average age in their 70's -- a blood measure of various lipids predicted the group who, over three yeas of follow up, was likely to develop either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimers' disease dementia. I spoke with...
How learning your genetic risk can transform you....
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 1:12pm
The American Journal of Psychiatry reports two remarkable findings: After cognitively normal older adults learns they have the ε4 allele of the APOE gene that increases risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease dementia, they perform worse...