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Constanza J Cortes

Assistant Professor in Neurology
Email address: constanza.cortes@duke.edu

I am interested in understanding how our brain ages, and in particular, how it ages as an integrated part of a physiological system. My research represents a cutting edge approach to our understanding of brain plasticity and aging, as it suggests that distant tissues such as skeletal muscle may be fundamentally influencing the rate at which our brain ages. Importantly, as these conversations may be disrupted in age-associated neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer's disease), I am to uncover and develop novel therapeutics for these disorders.

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dept. Of Pediatrics, University of California at San Diego, 2010 - 2016
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2010