Dr. Jane S. Saczynski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Saczynski joined the Aging Brain Center in 2011, as an Adjunct Scientist. She participates in the Aging Brain Center Working Group and collaborates with Dr. Inouye as a Co-Investigator on the SAGES project. Dr. Saczynski’s work focuses on long-term cognitive outcomes of delirium, postoperative cognitive decline and reversible cognitive dysfunction.
Dr. Saczynski is a neuroepidemiologist with research interests in cardiovascular disease and the risk for cognitive decline and dementia in middle aged and older adults. Within large-scale epidemiologic studies, she has looked at how cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes and dyslipidemia, are related to cognitive impairment, brain changes and dementia. Dr. Saczynski’s current research involves the factors associated with the ability to tolerate brain changes. In particular, how behavioral factors modify the association between ischemic brain changes and cognitive impairment. She is examining the role of cognitive impairment in the performance of self-care activities in patients with chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure.