Brendan Ian Cohn-Sheehy, an intended neurology MD/PhD, hails from Santa Monica, California.
Brendan received a BA degree in psychology with honors from UC Berkeley, for which he wrote a thesis regarding background music’s impact on concurrent learning. Concurrently, he conducted research as a lab manager under Art Shimamura, PhD, in fMRI investigations of human memory. Brendan has long been interested in neurodegeneration, working under Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD, on a zebrafish model of Parkinson’s disease during high school.
Since July 2012, Brendan has worked with Gil Rabinovici, MD, coordinating and processing positron emission tomography (PET) studies of UCSF patients enrolled through the MAC. To this end, he is usually stationed within the lab of William Jagust, MD, at UC Berkeley, learning from other PET researchers while collaborating with staff and faculty at the MAC. With Dr. Rabinovici, Brendan aims to develop PET imaging of hypometabolism (via FDG) and beta-amyloid (via PiB) as a powerful tool for understanding and diagnosing frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Aside from medical goals, Brendan plays and composes for several musical instruments and writes poetry. He hopes to eventually explore music’s practical applications in standardized neurological therapy.