Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Dr. Gorno-Tempini obtained her medical degree and clinical specialty training in neurology in Italy. Her main focus was in behavioral neurology, particularly the neural basis of higher cognitive functions such as language and memory. To pursue this research she worked for three years at the Function Imaging Laboratory, University College London, where she obtained her PhD degree in imaging neuroscience. She was part of the language group, and her thesis work consisted of several positron emission tomography (PET) and functional MRI studies investigating the neural basis of face and proper name processing.

She came to the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF in 2001, and her main research project concerns progressive aphasia. Her goal is to combine neuropsychological and imaging techniques to characterize the various language deficits that can be early symptoms of different forms of dementia.