Dorene M. Rentz

Dorene M. Rentz
Co-Director, Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Director, Outreach and Recruitment Core, Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Senior Neuropsychologist, Division of Cognitive and Behavior Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Neuropsychologist, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
(617) 732-8235
Early neuropyschological detection of Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive reserve, cognitive correlates of amyloid deposition in normal older adults.
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I am a clinical neuropsychologist and the Co-Director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Director of Neuropsychology at the MGh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. I have a specialty in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and the influence of cognitive reserve in prodromal Alzheimer’s disease. With Dr. Keith A. Johnson, we have explore the impact of cognitive reserve on amyloid burden using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with Pittsburgh Compound B. I have also developed a challenging Face-Name Test that may be useful for detecting those individuals with early amyloid burden.
My clinical focus is on the neuropsychological evaluation of individuals with all types of behavioral and cognitive disorders. I see patients in the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and I have been the  President of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, our statewide organization.

Rentz DM, Huh TJ, Faust RR, Budson AE, Scinto LF, Sperling RA, Daffner KR. Use of IQ-Adjusted Norms to Predict Progressive Cognitive Decline in Highly Intelligent Older Individuals. Neuropsychology 2004; 18: 38-49.
Rentz DM, Sardinha LM, Huh TJ, Searl MM, Daffner KR, Sperling RA. IQ-Based Norms for Highly Intelligent Adults. Clin Neuropsychol 2006;  20:  637-648.
Rentz DM, Huh TJ, Sardinha LM, Moran EK, Becker JA, Daffner KR, Sperling RA, Johnson KA. Intelligence Quotient-Adjusted Memory Impairment is Associated with Abnormal Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography Perfusion. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2007; 13:  821-831.
Rentz DM, Locascio JJ, Becker JA, Moran EK, Eng E, Buckner RL, Sperling RA, Johnson KA. Cognition, Reserve, and Amyloid Deposition in Normal Aging. Ann Neurol 2010; 67:  353-364. [PMCID:  3074985].
Rentz DM, Amariglio RE, Becker JA, Frey M, Olson LE, Frishe K, Carmasin J, Maye JE, Johnson KA, Sperling RA. Face-Name Associative Memory Performance is Related to Amyloid Burden in Normal Elderly. Neuropsychologica 2011; 49:  2776-2783. [PMCID:  3137730].
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