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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Ozioma C. Okonkwo, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of geriatric cognitive disorders, especially those due to suspected Alzheimer's disease.

Specialties

Geriatrics (Specialty Care)

UW Health Clinics

University Station Clinic
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Licenses Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Fellowship

NIH T32 AG027668, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics, the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI


Internship Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
Medical School University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2009

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Research

Dr. Okonkwo's research focuses on clarifying how alterations in the brain and other biomolecules (such as cerebrospinal fluid β-amyloid) place some cognitively-normal individuals on a pernicious trajectory that culminates in probable Alzheimer's disease. In this context, Dr. Okonkwo is also interested in discovering new knowledge concerning the modulation of the link between brain changes and cognitive decline by both modifiable (e.g., cognitively stimulating activities, physical exercise) and non-modifiable (e.g., genetic vulnerability) factors.


PubMed Articles
Clark LR Koscik RL Nicholas CR Okonkwo OC Engelman CD Bratzke LC Hogan KJ Mueller KD Bendlin BB Carlsson CM Asthana S Sager MA Hermann BP Johnson SC . Mild Cognitive Impairment in Late Middle Age in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention Study: Prevalence and Characteristics Using Robust and Standard Neuropsychological Normative Data. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2016 May 8;
[PubMed ID: 27193363]
Abimbola S Molemodile SK Okonkwo OA Negin J Jan S Martiniuk AL . 'The government cannot do it all alone': realist analysis of the minutes of community health committee meetings in Nigeria. Health Policy Plan. 2016 Apr;31(3):332-45
[PubMed ID: 26210167]
Ly M Adluru N Destiche DJ Lu SY Oh JM Hoscheidt SM Alexander AL Okonkwo OC Rowley HA Sager MA Johnson SC Bendlin BB . Fornix Microstructure and Memory Performance Is Associated with Altered Neural Connectivity during Episodic Recognition. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2016 Feb;22(2):191-204
[PubMed ID: 26888616]
Melah KE Lu SY Hoscheidt SM Alexander AL Adluru N Destiche DJ Carlsson CM Zetterberg H Blennow K Okonkwo OC Gleason CE Dowling NM Bratzke LC Rowley HA Sager MA Asthana S Johnson SC Bendlin BB . Cerebrospinal Fluid Markers of Alzheimer's Disease Pathology and Microglial Activation are Associated with Altered White Matter Microstructure in Asymptomatic Adults at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Jan 22;50(3):873-86
[PubMed ID: 26836182]
Clark LR Racine AM Koscik RL Okonkwo OC Engelman CD Carlsson CM Asthana S Bendlin BB Chappell R Nicholas CR Rowley HA Oh JM Hermann BP Sager MA Christian BT Johnson SC . Beta-amyloid and cognitive decline in late middle age: Findings from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention study. Alzheimers Dement. 2016 Jan 21;
[PubMed ID: 26806386]
Racine AM Koscik RL Nicholas CR Clark LR Okonkwo OC Oh JM Hillmer AT Murali D Barnhart TE Betthauser TJ Gallagher CL Rowley HA Dowling NM Asthana S Bendlin BB Blennow K Zetterberg H Carlsson CM Christian BT Johnson SC . Cerebrospinal fluid ratios with Aβ42 predict preclinical brain β-amyloid accumulation. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2016;2:27-38
[PubMed ID: 26955655]
Ithapu VK Singh V Okonkwo OC Chappell RJ Dowling NM Johnson SC . Imaging-based enrichment criteria using deep learning algorithms for efficient clinical trials in mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Dec;11(12):1489-99
[PubMed ID: 26093156]
Gallagher CL Bell B Palotti M Oh J Christian BT Okonkwo O Sojkova J Buyan-Dent L Nickles RJ Harding SJ Stone CK Johnson SC Holden JE . Anterior cingulate dopamine turnover and behavior change in Parkinson's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2015 Dec;9(4):821-7
[PubMed ID: 25511521]
Schultz SA Larson J Oh J Koscik R Dowling MN Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Bendlin BB Asthana S Hermann BP Johnson SC Sager M LaRue A Okonkwo OC . Participation in cognitively-stimulating activities is associated with brain structure and cognitive function in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2015 Dec;9(4):729-36
[PubMed ID: 25358750]
Nicholas CR Okonkwo OC Bendlin BB Oh JM Asthana S Rowley HA Hermann B Sager MA Johnson SC . Posteromedial hyperactivation during episodic recognition among people with memory decline: findings from the WRAP study. Brain Imaging Behav. 2015 Dec;9(4):690-702
[PubMed ID: 25332108]
Kim WH Ravi SN Johnson SC Okonkwo OC Singh V . On Statistical Analysis of Neuroimages with Imperfect Registration. Proc IEEE Int Conf Comput Vis. 2015 Dec;2015:666-674
[PubMed ID: 27042168]
Boots EA Schultz SA Almeida RP Oh JM Koscik RL Dowling MN Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Bendlin BB Asthana S Sager MA Hermann BP Johnson SC Okonkwo OC . Occupational Complexity and Cognitive Reserve in a Middle-Aged Cohort at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2015 Nov;30(7):634-42
[PubMed ID: 26156334]
Schultz SA Boots EA Almeida RP Oh JM Einerson J Korcarz CE Edwards DF Koscik RL Dowling MN Gallagher CL Bendlin BB Christian BT Zetterberg H Blennow K Carlsson CM Asthana S Hermann BP Sager MA Johnson SC Stein JH Okonkwo OC . Cardiorespiratory Fitness Attenuates the Influence of Amyloid on Cognition. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Nov;21(10):841-50
[PubMed ID: 26581795]
Boots EA Schultz SA Oh JM Larson J Edwards D Cook D Koscik RL Dowling MN Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Bendlin BB LaRue A Asthana S Hermann BP Sager MA Johnson SC Okonkwo OC . Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with brain structure, cognition, and mood in a middle-aged cohort at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2015 Sep;9(3):639-49
[PubMed ID: 25319359]
Willette AA Bendlin BB Starks EJ Birdsill AC Johnson SC Christian BT Okonkwo OC La Rue A Hermann BP Koscik RL Jonaitis EM Sager MA Asthana S . Association of Insulin Resistance With Cerebral Glucose Uptake in Late Middle-Aged Adults at Risk for Alzheimer Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Sep;72(9):1013-20
[PubMed ID: 26214150]
Sprecher KE Bendlin BB Racine AM Okonkwo OC Christian BT Koscik RL Sager MA Asthana S Johnson SC Benca RM . Amyloid burden is associated with self-reported sleep in nondemented late middle-aged adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Sep;36(9):2568-76
[PubMed ID: 26059712]
Kim WH Adluru N Chung MK Okonkwo OC Johnson SC B Bendlin B Singh V . Multi-resolution statistical analysis of brain connectivity graphs in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Neuroimage. 2015 Sep;118:103-17
[PubMed ID: 26025289]
Doherty BM Schultz SA Oh JM Koscik RL Dowling NM Barnhart TE Murali D Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Bendlin BB LaRue A Hermann BP Rowley HA Asthana S Sager MA Christian BT Johnson SC Okonkwo OC . Amyloid burden, cortical thickness, and cognitive function in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2015 Jun 1;1(2):160-169
[PubMed ID: 26161436]
Almeida RP Schultz SA Austin BP Boots EA Dowling NM Gleason CE Bendlin BB Sager MA Hermann BP Zetterberg H Carlsson CM Johnson SC Asthana S Okonkwo OC . Effect of Cognitive Reserve on Age-Related Changes in Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers of Alzheimer Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Jun;72(6):699-706
[PubMed ID: 25893879]
Schultz SA Oh JM Koscik RL Dowling NM Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Bendlin BB LaRue A Hermann BP Rowley HA Asthana S Sager MA Johnson SC Okonkwo OC . Subjective memory complaints, cortical thinning, and cognitive dysfunction in middle-aged adults at risk for AD. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2015 Mar 1;1(1):33-40
[PubMed ID: 25938132]