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Research interests

Dr. Chen Zhao's primary research interest is the influence of lifestyle factors on dementia risk. No disease-modifying treatment for dementia exists currently, and primary prevention remains an elusive goal.

Specifically, Dr. Zhao's research goals are to identify lifestyle risk factors for dementia (e.g., diet, sleep, exercise, cognitive activities, early life exposures) using a life course epidemiology approach, and furthermore, to examine how these lifestyle risk factors interact together to moderate overall dementia risk. 

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Chen Zhao is the supervisor of the cognitive neurology rotation for neurology residents at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and is actively involved in education of residents and medical students. She also has educational interests in neuroepidemiology.

Clinical interests

Dr. Chen Zhao established the dementia prevention research clinic, an innovative clinic and research data repository, at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The clinic provides care for patients across the full spectrum of cognitive impairment, including individuals at the earliest stages of dementia with subjective cognitive decline or mild cognitive impairment. Patients have the opportunity participate in the associated data repository of the clinic by allowing their clinical data to be used for research and donating biosamples (such as an extra tube of blood collected during a standard-of-care blood draw) to the repository for use in research.

Professional information

Subspecialty-certified in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, 2020

Board-certified in neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2017

Education/Academic qualification

Aging and Dementia, Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

… → 2019

Neurology, Residency, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

… → 2017

MD, University of Minnesota

… → 2013


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