Eric M. McDade, DO

Specialties: Neurology, Neurodegenerative, Dementia & Geriatrics

Dr. Eric McDade is a board-certified cognitive neurologist that has focused his activities on the evaluation of those with dementia syndromes and on developing a clinical research program that focuses on using brain imaging and cerebrospinal fluid markers to identify those at risk for Alzheimer disease. Currently, Dr. McDade is leveraging his clinical expertise to develop a cross-disciplinary team that combines neuroimaging, clinical evaluations and basic science to better explore and translate work in the use of imaging and fluid biomarkers to better understand the timing and relationship between measures of disease risk and progression. The goal of this work is to identify better measures and target for interventions and prevention for Alzheimer’s disease and has led to over 76 peer-reviewed publications and continuous funding from the NIH for over 10 years.

Additionally, Dr. McDade is the Associate Director of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU). The DIAN-TU is a global network of families at risk for a genetic form of AD and is pioneering prevention trials for this young-onset for of AD. As part of this he serves as the Principle Investigator of the DIAN-TU Primary Prevention Study.  He is also the Director of the DIAN Expanded Registry (DIAN EXR). The DIAN EXR is an international research registry for individuals with confirmed or suspected dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease (DIAD) in their families and for professionals and researchers involved in clinical care and research on DIAD. These projects will prove critical to advancing the field of Alzheimer disease treatment.

Dr. McDade has received several awards and honors in recognition of his work and leadership including the NIH-NIA K23 Training Grant Award and a NIH-NIA UO1 award for the DIAN-TU Primary Prevention Trial. Additionally, he has been a LRP Recipient and received the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award and has been on the Best Doctors in St. Louis and in Pittsburgh lists.

Dr. McDade earned his doctorate at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a B.A. in Psychology from Canisius College. Dr. McDade completed an internship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and his residency at the University of Maryland. Dr. McDade has his certification of Neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Behavioral Neurology from the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties.

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