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Laurie RYAN

Dr. Laurie Ryan
Title: Chief, Clinical Interventions and Diagnostics Branch
Office(s): Division of Neuroscience (DN)
Phone Number: 301-496-9350
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Dr. Laurie Ryan is Chief of the Clinical Interventions and Diagnostics Branch in the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, part of the NIH. She oversees the development, coordination, and implementation of the division’s clinical therapeutic and diagnostics research programs and infrastructure.  Dr. Ryan also directs the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias pharmacological clinical trials research portfolio.  

Dr. Ryan received her BA in Human Development from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1986 and her Masters in Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland in 1991.  She undertook doctoral training in clinical psychology with specialty focus in neuropsychology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  She completed a neuropsychology-focused psychology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston and clinical neuropsychology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.

After completing her fellowship, Dr. Ryan joined the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.   In 2003, Dr. Ryan became the Assistant Director for Research where she was responsible for overseeing clinical research development and implementation with a particular focus on clinical trials.  In September 2005, Dr. Ryan joined the NIA as the Program Director for Alzheimer’s clinical trials.  In December 2013, she was promoted to the branch chief position.

Research Interests/Portfolio

  • Pharmacologic treatment and management of MCI, AD, and other dementias of aging to slow their course, treat and manage the cognitive and behavioral manifestations, and, ultimately, to delay the onset of and to prevent them
  • Clinical trial design and outcome measures
  • Recruitment

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