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Norman L. Foster, MD

Norman L. Foster, MD,

Director, Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research
Professor, Department of Neurology
Chief, Division of Cognitive Neurology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Senior Investigator, The Brain Institute at the University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

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Dr. Norman Foster has specialized in brain imaging and dementing and neurodegenerative diseases for over 30 years. He joined the University of Utah in 2005 as Professor of Neurology, Director of the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research, and Senior Investigator at the Brain Institute. He has since been named Chief of the Division of Cognitive Neurology.

Before joining our faculty, Dr. Foster spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Neurology. During his tenure there, he led the Clinical Core and was Associate Director of the NIH-funded Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and he established the first dementia clinic in Michigan, which he directed from 1984–2006.

Dr. Foster received his MD from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he subsequently completed an internship in Straight Medicine. After completing his residency in Neurology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Dr. Foster relocated to Bethesda, Maryland, to complete a fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics with the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke at the NIH.

Dr. Foster's research has focused primarily on brain imaging, clinical drug trials and the clinical features and pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. Dr. Foster and his colleagues have recently shown that PET imaging can help distinguish between Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, and they now hope to validate FDG-PET as a biomarker for frontotemporal dementia. Dr. Foster's work has been widely published in the world’s leading medical and scientific journals and he has lectured internationally on his areas of expertise.