Lea T. Grinberg, MD, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Grinberg is a neuropathologist specializing in brain aging and associated disorders. In 2003, Dr. Grinberg, along with multidisciplinary colleagues, founded a brain bank in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has developed into an extremely prolific and highly regarded institution. She received her MD and PhD degrees in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her PhD work was focused in the neuropathology of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Grinberg acquired expertise in neuroanatomy and in the use of state-of-the-art methods for tridimensional brain reconstruction at the University of Wurzburg, Germany. This knowledge is being utilized for studying the neuropathological counterparts of common MRI findings in the elderly, which are currently still based on assumption. In addition, Dr. Grinberg has a special interest in the brainstem, and her most recent work has focused on this brain area. Currently, Dr. Grinberg is an assistant professor at the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF and the principle investigator of a project funded by the Alzheimer's Association to perform a multi-ethnic neuropathological comparison of patients with Alzheimer's disease. In 2009, she was the recipient of the UNESCO-L'Oréal Award "For Women in Science" and in 2010 of the John Douglas French Alzheimer Foundation "Distinguished Research Scholar Award." She has also co-chaired the Brain Chapter of the Human Proteomics Organization since 2009.