1. Karen S. Marder, MD, MPH

    • Department of Neurology
      Division of Aging and Dementia
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    Karen Marder, MD, MPH is the Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. She has served as the Chief of the Division of Aging and Dementia since 2001 and has directed the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) fellowship in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry since its inception.  In both research and patient care, Dr. Marder is focused on the epidemiology and treatment of cognitive, behavioral, and motor impairments in a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), HIV dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related disorders. Since 1998, Dr. Marder has been characterizing the earliest motor and non-motor signs associated with genetic forms of PD. She served as co-chair and chair of the Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group (2006-2012), a consortium of North American investigators participating in collaborative PD research at 120 sites. She is the founding (1991) and current director of the multidisciplinary Huntington's Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at Columbia, and also serves as associate director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA).  In addition, Dr. Marder is co-prinicipal investigator of the Columbia University–Weill Cornell NIH-funded NeuroNEXT site, a clinical trial network whose goal is to conduct Phase II biomarker informed neurological clinical trials over a 7-year period.

    I provide diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of cognitive disorders including Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, particularly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and corticobasal degeneration.

    I also see families with Huntington's Disease at the Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence at the NYS Psychiatric Institute.

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    One of America's Top Doctors.
    Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors
    Rated One of New York Magazine's
    Best Doctors.

    Board Certifications

    • Neurology

    Areas of Expertise

    • Huntington Disease
    • Behavioral Disorder
    • Dementia
    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Memory Loss

    Primary Location

    • Neurological Institute of New York

      710 West 168th Street
      Floor: 3
      New York, NY 10032
      Phone:
      (212) 305-6939
      Appointment:
      (212) 305-6939
      Fax:
      (212) 305-1303

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    Biographical Detail

    Academic Appointments

    • Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, in the Taub Institute and in Psychiatry) at CUMC

    Current Administrative Positions

    • Chief, Division of Aging and Dementia
    • Associate Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    • Director, Clinical Research Resource, Irving Institute
    • Director, Huntington's Disease Center

    Education And Training

      Education & Training

    • Cornell University Medical College, NY
    • Internship: St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
    • Residency: Columbia University Medical Center
    • Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center

    Gender

    Female
  2. My research has focused on the epidemiology and treatment of cognitive, behavioral, and motor impairments in a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), HIV dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related disorders. Most recently, my focus has been on characterizing the earliest signs associated with genetic forms of PD including Parkin, LRRK2, and GBA mutations, especially in individuals with early-onset PD.  In May 2006, I was elected to a 6-year term as co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group, a consortium of North American investigators participating in collaborative PD research at 120 sites.  I  established the Huntington's Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at Columbia University in 1991, which I continue to lead today. We conduct a wide range of observational research and clinical trials for people with HD and those at risk. I am particularly interested in the knowledge and attitudes of people at risk for genetic disorders.   At Columbia, I also serve as associate director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA) where I direct the Clinical Research Resource for adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient research.  I am also the co-Principal Investigator for the Columbia/Weill-Cornell site of the NINDS-funded NeuroNEXT clinical trial network, whose mission is to conduct Phase 2 biomarker informed studies of neurological diseases.

    Research Information

    NIH Grants

  3. publications

    For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov