News & Announcements

Check out recent press releases and news coverage of our research


NOVEMBER 2023 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama, Stefanie Piña Escudero, and Caroline Jonson (Warly Solsberg)

Jennifer Yokoyama, Stefanie Piña Escudero, and Caroline Jonson (Warly Solsberg) presented at the 18th International Geriatrics Congress in Mexico City in late November 2023. All three presented on topics related to sex differences in neurodegeneration.

MARCH 2023 — Citing Dan Sirkis (lead author)

Young Onset Dementia (YOD, not Yoda) / Early Onset (EOAD) 2023: New reviews, but any therapeutic insights?
Published by: Alzheimer Gadfly


FALL 2022 — Featuring Ale Castruita

Ale Castruita completed her Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology through a San Francisco State University—University of California San Francisco joint program. Her thesis, “Bioinformatic Framework for assessing the role of rare genetic variants as modifiers of ALS/FTD in C9orf72 pathogenic expansion carriers,” was also defended in fall 2022, and her thesis defense was attended by many of her colleagues in the Yokoyama Lab. Congratulations, Ale!

JUNE 2022 — Featuring Stefanie Piña-Escudero (representing the lab and UCSF)

“Assessing Social Determinants of Health in Latin Americans”
Addressing Health Disparities Conference, Alzheimer´s Association International, Washington D.C.

AUG 2022 — Featuring Stefanie Piña-Escudero (representing the lab and UCSF)

“Social determinants of health questionnaire development for patients with Alzheimer's disease and Frontotemporal Dementia” at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2022 in San Diego, CA

“A call for globalization of clinical trials in Alzheimer disease and related dementias”
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2022 in San Diego, CA

“BrainLat and GBHI”
Latin American and Caribbean Consortium on Dementia Meeting at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2022 in San Diego, CA


AUG 2021 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Jennifer Yokoyama is awarded the new Mary Oakley Foundation Endowed Professor in Neurodegeneration. Dr. Yokoyama was honored in a virtual investiture ceremony on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.This endowed chair will allow the Yokoyama Lab to continue to move its work in neurogenetics and aging forward. The Yokoyama lab is very grateful to the Mary Oakley Foundation for its support.

SUMMER 2021 — Featuring Miguel E. Rentería

Miguel Rentería was awarded the Diversity in Parkinson’s research grant from the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA).  This project will follow 1,000 Mexican Parkinson’s disease patients over two years and will provide novel insights about their clinical, cognitive, epidemiological, social, and genetic diversity. Miguel also completed the GBHI fellowship and is now a Lifelong Fellow.

JUNE 2021 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

‘Jazz, Equity and Brain Health’
Live Virtual Event on June 15
Published by: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

SPRING & SUMMER 2021 — Featuring Stefanie Piña-Escudero

Stefanie Piña-Escudero:

  • Was awarded three grants: Seed Grant from the Latin American Brain Health Institute (April 2021); Weill Institute Women in Neurosciences grant for Research Support for Female Learners Impacted by COVID-19 (May 2021); WINGS Staff Development Grant (August 2021)
  • Presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference and Satellite Symposium, as well as at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
  • Published five new articles
MARCH 2021 — Featuring Dan Sirkis (lead author)

The Role of Microglia in Inherited White-Matter Disorders and Connections to Frontotemporal Dementia
Published by: Applied Clinical Genetics

FEB 2021 — Featuring Dan Sirkis

Sirkis was awarded a Tau Consortium Fellowship for the Tau Consortium Investigators’ Meeting, during which he gave a “lightning round” presentation.

JAN 2021 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

UCSF and Stanford Researchers Receive $4.8 Million Pilot Grant for a Multi-Site Study on Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease in Asian Americans and Asian Canadians
Published by: UCSF School of Nursing

JAN 2021 — Featuring Adit Friedberg

Adit Friedberg:

  • Won a Hillblom Foundation Fellowship Grant for her project "Transcriptional landscape of cellular senescence in the human brain in healthy aging and in neurodegenerative diseases." Mentors on this scientific work: Drs. Bruce Miller and Jennifer Yokoyama. 
  • Was appointed as the behavioral neurologist leading the Clinical Genetic Conferences in the Memory and Aging Center, in which the team discusses special cases that warrant additional genetic testing. 


AUG 2020 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Female Chromosomes Offer Resilience to Alzheimer’s
Published by: UCSF
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JUNE 2020 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

GnomAD: Stunning Variation Seen in Largest Collection of Human Genomes
Published by: ALZ Forum

JUNE 2020 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Update on Alzheimer Disease Research
See video in sidebar (time stamp: 40:38)
Talk: HudsonAlpha Virtual Event

APRIL 2020 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

TET2 in Neurodegenerative Disease
Published by: HudsonAlpha Press Release

MAY 2020 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Mutations in Epigenetic Gene Linked to Neurodegeneration
Published by: AlzForum

JAN 2020 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Dementia Leaders Gather For Launch of Latin American Research Initiative
Published by: GBHI
Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama


JULY 2019 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Consortia Assemble Worldwide to Take on Lewy Body Dementia
Published by: Alzforum

APRIL 2019 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Interview: Genetics of FTD and ALS
Published by: KCBS


DEC 2018 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

11th ICFTD Meeting in Sydney Sorts Out Clinical Subtypes
Published by: Alzforum

NOV 2018 — Featuring Rahul Desikan

Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD discusses his battle with ALS
Published by: ABC News Good Morning America
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APRIL 2018 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

UCSF Researcher Identifies Risk Genes for ALS
Published by: UCSF News Center


APRIL 2016 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

New Genetic Method Connects Immune Genes to Alzheimer's
Published by: Alzforum

APRIL 2016 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Genetic Overlap Between Alzheimer`s, Immune-Mediated Diseases
Published by: Psych Congress Network


OCT 2015 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Gene variant associated with better aging, cognitive function, study finds
Published by: Fox News Health

JAN 2015 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Brain Region Vulnerable to Aging is Larger in Those with Longevity Gene Variant
Published by: UCSF Press Release

JAN 2015 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

A fateful gene may make us smarter — for a while, at least
Published by: LA Times

JAN 2015 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

Gene linked to long life also protects against mental decline in old age
Published by: The Guardian

JAN 2015 — Featuring Jennifer Yokoyama

"Long life" gene might also make some smarter
Published by: CBS News