39 Clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Health Part­ners Cen­ter for Mem­ory and Ag­ing, St. Paul, Minn.

Modern Healthcare - - UP & COMERS - — Va­lerie La­pointe

When Dr. Michael Rosen­bloom was an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, he took an en­try-level psy­chol­ogy course that set him on a path to be­come one of the prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tors for a po­ten­tially game-chang­ing dis­cov­ery in the treat­ment of Alzheimer’s dis­ease. “I was fas­ci­nated by how you could re­late brain struc­ture to ab­stract things like mem­ory and be­hav­ior,” Rosen­bloom said. He went on to med­i­cal school at Columbia Univer­sity. Dur­ing a ro­ta­tion at Har­lem Hospi­tal, he was con­sis­tently drawn to the pa­tients with mem­ory loss is­sues and has been work­ing with that pop­u­la­tion ever since. Af­ter com­plet­ing his fel­low­ship in be­hav­ioral neu­rol­ogy in 2010, he be­gan work at Health Part­ners on a pos­si­ble treat­ment for Alzheimer’s that works by spray­ing a mist of in­tranasal in­sulin di­rectly into the brain, by­pass­ing the blood-brain bar­rier. Ad­di­tion­ally, he is lead­ing the trial for IDEAS ( Imag­ing De­men­tia Ev­i­dence for Amy­loid Scan­ning) to help iden­tify Alzheimer’s pa­tients and give them a de­fin­i­tive di­ag­no­sis. “I think we are un­der­stand­ing this dis­ease much bet­ter than we ever have be­fore,” Rosen­bloom said. “We used to only see pa­tients with late-stage or ad­vanced de­men­tia, and now there is a push to treat and iden­tify the dis­ease much ear­lier.” Rosen­bloom also cre­ated the health sys­tem’s Part­ners in De­men­tia pro­gram, which pairs firstyear med­i­cal stu­dents with mem­ory loss pa­tients in an ef­fort to get them to learn from each other. “There are so many ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments in this field, so many clin­i­cal trial op­por­tu­ni­ties. Even 10 years ago, we weren’t this so­phis­ti­cated, and you even see the en­thu­si­asm for this re­search in the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health fund­ing. I think we are go­ing to have new and bet­ter ways to treat this dis­ease very soon.”

“I think we are go­ing to have new and bet­ter ways to treat this dis­ease very soon.”

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