Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS

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Louis A. Holland, Sr., Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease

Department of Medicine
Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology

Education

BS, Biomedical Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
MS, Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health1995-1998
Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics/William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI
Fellowship, Geriatric Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics/ William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI
Fellowship, Older Women's Health, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics/ William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI

Professional Activities

Dr. Carlsson is a geriatrician at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where she treats veterans with dementia and memory issues. She is the Clinical Core leader and a co-leader for the Biomarker Core in the Wisconsin ADRC. She also serves as director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute.

Research Interests

Dr. Carlsson's research focuses on the effects of vascular risk factors and their treatments on cognition and biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease in persons at risk for dementia. Vascular risk factors in midlife, such as high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure, have been associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease decades later.  It is unknown, however, whether treating vascular risk factors will reduce the risk of dementia.