Assistant Professor of Neurology Professional Background: A.B., Princeton University, 1990; M.D., Ph.D. (Neuroscience), Baylor College of Medicine, 1999Office: SHEL 1106, 1825 University Blvd, Birmingham AL 35294-2182Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialty / Research Interests
Dr. Roberson is a physician-scientist interested in neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer Disease (AD) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). He sees patients with AD, FTD, and related disorders at The Kirklin Clinic, and directs a basic science laboratory devoted to understanding the neurobiology of AD and FTD and to helping develop better treatments for these conditions. His lab uses modern neuroscience approaches to study animal and cellular models of these conditions and unravel their underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. Dr. Roberson has shown that reducing expression of the microtubule-associated protein tau makes the brain resistant to Alzheimer-related impairments, and the lab is using a variety of behavioral, electrophysiological, and biochemical techniques to better understand this protective effect. The lab is also testing new animal models of frontotemporal dementia to understand how mutations in tau and progranulin cause the social and behavioral dysfunction seen in this condition.