February 06, 2012
Dr. Aimee Pierce, Assistant Clinical Professor in UCI’s Department of Neurology, has been named Medical Director of the UCI MIND Memory Assessment Clinic. Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, Dr. Pierce earned her B.S. in Biology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, and her M.D. at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. After graduating she completed an internship in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, a residency in neurology at UCLA, and a fellowship in geriatric neurology and dementia at the VA San Diego Healthcare System affiliated with UCSD. Dr. Pierce officially joined the Department of Neurology faculty in August 2011.
Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, Dr. Pierce has conducted clinical trials investigating several new medications for Alzheimer’s disease, participated in basic research on the mechanisms of synaptic toxicity of amyloid-beta peptides in Alzheimer’s disease and the link between amyloid beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, and authored two book chapters on sleep disorders in the elderly and patients with dementia. She was the recipient of the Young Scholar Award from the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego/Imperial Chapter in 2009.
Reflecting on her role as medical director, Dr. Pierce notes, “The brain is the organ that makes us uniquely human, and it is endlessly fascinating to study the brain’s function and foibles. Each patient, no matter their diagnosis or stage, will always have strengths and weaknesses. My job is not just to make a diagnosis, but to help the patient and family understand their own brain, understand their diagnosis, and allow them to contribute, if they choose, to our research on brain disease. “