Profile – Prof Bruce Miller, University of California San Francisco

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Professor Bruce Miller


Bruce Miller

Job title:

Professor of Neurology

Place of work / study:

A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor in Neurology
Director, Memory and Aging Center, University of California San Francisco
Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute

Area of Research:

Behavioral neurologist studying the underlying mechanisms of neurocognitive disorders and diagnosis and management of dementia.

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Tell us a little about yourself:

Miller is a behavioral neurologist who studies the underlying mechanisms of neurocognitive disorders and is a world-renowned expert in the diagnosis and management of dementia. Until recently, most cases of dementia were classified as Alzheimer’s disease with little awareness of the importance of non-Alzheimer dementias. Miller’s description of changes in behavior, language and emotion in the setting of aging have improved the separation of various neurodegenerative diseases from one another, in particular Alzheimer’s disease from frontotemporal dementia. To support people after diagnosis, Miller has pioneered groundbreaking changes in the provision of care coordination for patients with dementia and their caregivers. His ongoing work includes overseeing a healthy aging program and an artist in residence program, both of which emphasize positive aspects of aging.

Miller has been featured in Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, 60 Minutes and the PBS Newshour. He has authored more than 1000 publications and written The Human Frontal LobesThe Behavioral Neurology of Dementia and Frontotemporal DementiaFinding the Right Words, a book on Alzheimer’s disease from the perspective of a daughter (Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health Cindy Weinstein, PhD) and neuroscientist (Miller), will be published in the fall of 2021. He has received many awards including the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology, the Elliot Royer Award from the San Francisco Neurological community, the Robert A. Fishman Award and Lecture, and the UCSF Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Miller’s extensive knowledge in clinical diagnosis, disease pathology, and brain-behavior relationships make him a widely sought-after teacher and mentor. He founded the Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at UCSF, oversees visits of more than 50 foreign scholars every year, and co-directs the Global Brain Health Institute, a training program for global leaders in brain health to reduce the scale and impact of dementia around the world. These international collaborations have fostered the development of new prevention and therapeutic approaches and have pushed researchers worldwide toward a more precise understanding of frontotemporal dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I went on Wheel of Fortune and messed up big time. It’s a funny story that I write about in Finding the Right Words.

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