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    Michael S. Rafii, MD, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Neurology
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentNeurology
    AddressATR 9860 Mesa Rim Road
    Health Sciences Campus
    San Diego California 92121
    Phone+1 858 964 0638
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      Michael Rafii, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and Clinical Director of the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI). He received his MD and PhD degrees from Brown University School of Medicine and conducted neurogenetics research at Harvard Medical School. He holds two patents for protein-based therapeutics resulting from his work while a graduate student. Dr. Rafii completed his residency in Neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was chief resident. He then undertook a fellowship in dementia and cognitive disorders at UC San Diego. He is board-certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Rafii’s research focuses on Alzheimer's disease including Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. Dr. Rafii also serves on the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine. He is ad hoc member of the NIH study section on Developmental Brain Disorders and co-editor of the textbook 'Common Pathogenic Mechanisms between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease: Steps toward Therapy.' His book, 'First Aid for the Neurology Boards' is one of the most widely used resources in preparation for taking the Neurology Board Examination. He previously served as Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), Director of the UC San Diego Memory Disorders Clinic and Director of the Neurology Residency Training program at UC San Diego.

      Dr. Rafii holds a joint appointment at UC San Diego.


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      The Johns Hopkins Hospital2006Preziosi Outstanding Neurology Resident Award
      The Johns Hopkins Hospital2006Alpha Omega Alpha
      The Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital2003Intern of the Year
      Brown University School of Medicine2002Aronson Prize for Excellence in Neuroscience

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      1. Rafii M. Targeting tau protein in Alzheimer's disease. Lancet. 2016 Nov 15. PMID: 27863808.
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      2. Rafii M. Improving Memory and Cognition in Individuals with Down Syndrome. CNS Drugs. 2016 Jul; 30(7):567-73. PMID: 27272473.
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      3. Rafii M, Wishnek H, Brewer JB, Donohue MC, Ness S, Mobley WC, Aisen PS, Rissman RA. The down syndrome biomarker initiative (DSBI) pilot: proof of concept for deep phenotyping of Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in down syndrome. Front Behav Neurosci. 2015; 9:239. PMID: 26441570.
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      4. Rafii M, Aisen PS. Advances in Alzheimer's disease drug development. BMC Med. 2015; 13(1):62. PMID: 25857341.
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      5. Rafii M. Pro: Are we ready to translate Alzheimer's disease modifying therapies to people with Down syndrome? Alzheimers Res Ther. 2014; 6(5-8):60. PMID: 25478025.
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      6. Rafii M, Baumann TL, Bakay RA, Ostrove JM, Siffert J, Fleisher AS, Herzog CD, Barba D, Pay M, Salmon DP, Chu Y, Kordower JH, Bishop K, Keator D, Potkin S, Bartus RT. A phase1 study of stereotactic gene delivery of AAV2-NGF for Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Sep; 10(5):571-81. PMID: 24411134.
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      7. Rafii M. Preclinical Alzheimer's disease therapeutics. J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jan 1; 42(0):S545-9. PMID: 25079804.
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      8. Rafii M, Taylor CS, Kim HT, Desikan RS, Fleisher AS, Katibian D, Brewer JB, Dale AM, Aisen PS. Neuropsychiatric symptoms and regional neocortical atrophy in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2014 Mar; 29(2):159-65. PMID: 24164929.
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      9. Moran JA, Rafii M, Keller SM, Singh BK, Janicki MP. The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices consensus recommendations for the evaluation and management of dementia in adults with intellectual disabilities. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Aug; 88(8):831-40. PMID: 23849993.
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      10. Desikan RS, Rafii M, Brewer JB, Hess CP. An expanded role for neuroimaging in the evaluation of memory impairment. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 Nov-Dec; 34(11):2075-82. PMID: 23764728.
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      11. Rafii M. Update on Alzheimer's disease therapeutics. Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2013 Jun; 8(2):110-8. PMID: 23859061.
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      12. Ness S, Rafii M, Aisen P, Krams M, Silverman W, Manji H. Down's syndrome and Alzheimer's disease: towards secondary prevention. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2012 Sep; 11(9):655-6. PMID: 22935789.
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      13. Rafii M, Walsh S, Little JT, Behan K, Reynolds B, Ward C, Jin S, Thomas R, Aisen PS. A phase II trial of huperzine A in mild to moderate Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2011 Apr 19; 76(16):1389-94. PMID: 21502597.
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      14. Rafii M, Taylor C, Coutinho A, Kim K, Galasko D. Comparison of the memory performance index with standard neuropsychological measures of cognition. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2011 May; 26(3):235-9. PMID: 21406427.
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      15. Rafii M, Brewer JB. Functional brain imaging in the clinical assessment of consciousness. PLoS Biol. 2010; 8(11):e1000548. PMID: 21151340.
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      16. Rafii M. The pulse of drug development for Alzheimer's disease. Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2010 Jan; 5(1):57-62. PMID: 20205688.
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      17. Kovacevic S, Rafii M, Brewer JB. High-throughput, fully automated volumetry for prediction of MMSE and CDR decline in mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2009 Apr-Jun; 23(2):139-45. PMID: 19474571.
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      18. Rafii M, Aisen PS. Recent developments in Alzheimer's disease therapeutics. BMC Med. 2009; 7:7. PMID: 19228370.
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      19. Rafii M, Galasko D. Primary care screening for dementia and mild cognitive impairment. JAMA. 2008 Mar 12; 299(10):1132; author reply 1133-4. PMID: 18334686.
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      20. Rafii M, Hagiwara H, Mercado ML, Seo NS, Xu T, Dugan T, Owens RT, Hook M, McQuillan DJ, Young MF, Fallon JR. Biglycan binds to alpha- and gamma-sarcoglycan and regulates their expression during development. J Cell Physiol. 2006 Nov; 209(2):439-47. PMID: 16883602.
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      21. Rafii M. Case 14: a woman with bilateral Bell's palsy. MedGenMed. 2006; 8(4):23. PMID: 17415306.
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      22. Rafii M, Hillis AE. Compendium of cerebrovascular diseases. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2006 Oct; 18(5):395-407. PMID: 17085359.
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      23. Mercado ML, Amenta AR, Hagiwara H, Rafii M, Lechner BE, Owens RT, McQuillan DJ, Froehner SC, Fallon JR. Biglycan regulates the expression and sarcolemmal localization of dystrobrevin, syntrophin, and nNOS. FASEB J. 2006 Aug; 20(10):1724-6. PMID: 16807372.
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      24. Rafii M, Koenig M, Ziai WC. Orolingual angioedema associated with ACE inhibitor use after rtPA treatment of acute stroke. Neurology. 2005 Dec 27; 65(12):1906. PMID: 16380611.
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      25. Berzin TM, Zipser BD, Rafii M, Kuo-Leblanc V, Yancopoulos GD, Glass DJ, Fallon JR, Stopa EG. Agrin and microvascular damage in Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Aging. 2000 Mar-Apr; 21(2):349-55. PMID: 10867220.
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      26. Donahue JE, Berzin TM, Rafii M, Glass DJ, Yancopoulos GD, Fallon JR, Stopa EG. Agrin in Alzheimer's disease: altered solubility and abnormal distribution within microvasculature and brain parenchyma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 May 25; 96(11):6468-72. PMID: 10339611.
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