Brianne Bettcher, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology

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Graduate School :
  • PhD, Temple University Graduate School (2010)
Internship:
  • Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital - Neuropsychology Program (0001)
Fellowships:
  • University of California San Francisco - Memory and Aging Center, Neuropsychology (0001)
Languages: English
Department: Neurology

Research Interests

I lead neuropsychology research at the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer's Center.

Publications

  • Bettcher BM, Gross AL, Gavett BE, Widaman KF, Fletcher E, Dowling NM, Buckley RF, Arenaza-Urquijo EM, Zahodne LB, Hohman TJ, Vonk JMJ, Rentz DM, Mungas D. Dynamic change of cognitive reserve: associations with changes in brain, cognition, and diagnosis. Neurobiol Aging. 2019 Aug 21;83:95-104. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31585371
  • Munoz E, Filshtein T, Bettcher BM, McLaren D, Hedden T, Tommet D, Mungas D, Therneau T. Cognitive function and neuropathological outcomes: a forward-looking approach. J Neurol. 2019 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31435771
  • Bateman JR, Filley CM, Kaplan RI, Heffernan KS, Bettcher BM. Lifetime surgical exposure, episodic memory, and forniceal microstructure in older adults. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2019 Dec;41(10):1048-1059. PubMed PMID: 31370773
  • Bateman JR, Filley CM, Ross ED, Bettcher BM, Hubbard HI, Babiak M, Pressman PS. Aprosodia and prosoplegia with right frontal neurodegeneration. Neurocase. 2019 Oct;25(5):187-194. PubMed PMID: 31335278
  • Bettcher BM, Neuhaus J, Wynn MJ, Elahi FM, Casaletto KB, Saloner R, Fitch R, Karydas A, Kramer JH. Increases in a Pro-inflammatory Chemokine, MCP-1, Are Related to Decreases in Memory Over Time. Front Aging Neurosci. 2019;11:25. PubMed PMID: 30814948
  • Holden SK, Bettcher BM, Pelak VS. Update on posterior cortical atrophy. Curr Opin Neurol. 2019 Nov 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31688098
  • Casaletto KB, Staffaroni AM, Elahi F, Fox E, Crittenden PA, You M, Neuhaus J, Glymour M, Bettcher BM, Yaffe K, Kramer JH. Perceived Stress is Associated with Accelerated Monocyte/Macrophage Aging Trajectories in Clinically Normal Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Sep;26(9):952-963. PubMed PMID: 30017239
  • Casaletto KB, Elahi FM, Fitch R, Walters S, Fox E, Staffaroni AM, Bettcher B, Zetterberg H, Karydas A, Rojas JC, Boxer AL, Kramer JH. A comparison of biofluid cytokine markers across platform technologies: Correspondence or divergence?. Cytokine. 2018 Nov;111:481-489. PubMed PMID: 29908923
  • Bettcher BM, Johnson SC, Fitch R, Casaletto KB, Heffernan KS, Asthana S, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Carlsson CM, Neuhaus J, Bendlin BB, Kramer JH. Cerebrospinal Fluid and Plasma Levels of Inflammation Differentially Relate to CNS Markers of Alzheimer's Disease Pathology and Neuronal Damage. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018;62(1):385-397. PubMed PMID: 29439331
  • Hamlett ED, Ledreux A, Potter H, Chial HJ, Patterson D, Espinosa JM, Bettcher BM, Granholm AC. Exosomal biomarkers in Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. Free Radic Biol Med. 2017 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28882786
  • Casaletto KB, Ward ME, Baker NS, Bettcher BM, Gelfand JM, Li Y, Chen R, Dutt S, Miller B, Kramer JH, Green AJ. Retinal thinning is uniquely associated with medial temporal lobe atrophy in neurologically normal older adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2017 Mar;51:141-147. PubMed PMID: 28068565
  • Casaletto KB, Elahi FM, Bettcher BM, Neuhaus J, Bendlin BB, Asthana S, Johnson SC, Yaffe K, Carlsson C, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Kramer JH. Neurogranin, a synaptic protein, is associated with memory independent of Alzheimer biomarkers. Neurology. 2017 Oct 24;89(17):1782-1788. PubMed PMID: 28939668
  • Hamlett ED, Ledreux A, Potter H, Chial HJ, Patterson D, Espinosa JM, Bettcher BM, Granholm AC. Exosomal biomarkers in Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. Free Radic Biol Med. 2017 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28882786
  • Bettcher BM, Ard MC, Reed BR, Benitez A, Simmons A, Larson EB, Sonnen JA, Montine TJ, Li G, Keene CD, Crane PK, Mungas D. Association between Cholesterol Exposure and Neuropathological Findings: The ACT Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;59(4):1307-1315. PubMed PMID: 28731431
  • Parthasarathy V, Frazier DT, Bettcher BM, Jastrzab L, Chao L, Reed B, Mungas D, Weiner M, DeCarli C, Chui H, Kramer JH. Triglycerides are negatively correlated with cognitive function in nondemented aging adults. Neuropsychology. 2017 Sep;31(6):682-688. PubMed PMID: 28604016
  • Bott NT, Bettcher BM, Yokoyama JS, Frazier DT, Wynn M, Karydas A, Yaffe K, Kramer JH. Youthful Processing Speed in Older Adults: Genetic, Biological, and Behavioral Predictors of Cognitive Processing Speed Trajectories in Aging. Front Aging Neurosci. 2017;9:55. PubMed PMID: 28344553
  • Casaletto KB, Ward ME, Baker NS, Bettcher BM, Gelfand JM, Li Y, Chen R, Dutt S, Miller B, Kramer JH, Green AJ. Retinal thinning is uniquely associated with medial temporal lobe atrophy in neurologically normal older adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2017 Mar;51:141-147. PubMed PMID: 28068565
  • Bertoux M, Sarazin M, Pasquier F, Bottlaender M, de Souza LC, Mioshi E, Hornberger M, Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Lobach IV, Kramer JH, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Possin K, You SC, Lamarre AK, Shany-Ur T, Stephens ML, Perry DC, Lee SE, Miller ZA, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Boxer A, Seeley WW, Rabinovici GD, Vossel KA, Miller BL. Cognition and neuropsychiatry in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia by disease stage. Neurology. 2016 Oct 4;87(14):1523. PubMed PMID: 27698154
  • Bettcher BM, Fitch R, Wynn MJ, Lalli MA, Elofson J, Jastrzab L, Mitic L, Miller ZA, Rabinovici GD, Miller BL, Kao AW, Kosik KS, Kramer JH. MCP-1 and eotaxin-1 selectively and negatively associate with memory in MCI and Alzheimer's disease dementia phenotypes. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2016 Jun 22;3:91-7. PubMed PMID: 27453930
  • Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Pressman PS, Perry DC, Lobach IV, Seeley WW, Coppola G, Karydas AM, Grinberg LT, Shany-Ur T, Lee SE, Rabinovici GD, Rosen HJ, Gorno-Tempini ML, Boxer AL, Miller ZA, Chiong W, DeMay M, Kramer JH, Possin KL, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Neylan M, Zackey DD, Nguyen LA, Ketelle R, Block N, Wu TQ, Dallich A, Russek N, Caplan A, Geschwind DH, Vossel KA, Miller BL. Distinct Subtypes of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia Based on Patterns of Network Degeneration. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Sep 1;73(9):1078-88. PubMed PMID: 27429218
  • Ossenkoppele R, Schonhaut DR, Schöll M, Lockhart SN, Ayakta N, Baker SL, O'Neil JP, Janabi M, Lazaris A, Cantwell A, Vogel J, Santos M, Miller ZA, Bettcher BM, Vossel KA, Kramer JH, Gorno-Tempini ML, Miller BL, Jagust WJ, Rabinovici GD. Tau PET patterns mirror clinical and neuroanatomical variability in Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2016 May;139(Pt 5):1551-67. PubMed PMID: 26962052
  • Bettcher BM, Mungas D, Patel N, Elofson J, Dutt S, Wynn M, Watson CL, Stephens M, Walsh CM, Kramer JH. Neuroanatomical substrates of executive functions: Beyond prefrontal structures. Neuropsychologia. 2016 May;85:100-9. PubMed PMID: 26948072
  • Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Lobach IV, Kramer JH, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Possin K, Christine You S, Lamarre AK, Shany-Ur T, Stephens ML, Perry DC, Lee SE, Miller ZA, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Boxer A, Seeley WW, Rabinovici GD, Vossel KA, Miller BL. Cognition and neuropsychiatry in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia by disease stage. Neurology. 2016 Feb 16;86(7):600-10. PubMed PMID: 26802093
  • Ossenkoppele R, Schonhaut DR, Baker SL, O'Neil JP, Janabi M, Ghosh PM, Santos M, Miller ZA, Bettcher BM, Gorno-Tempini ML, Miller BL, Jagust WJ, Rabinovici GD. Tau, amyloid, and hypometabolism in a patient with posterior cortical atrophy. Ann Neurol. 2015 Feb;77(2):338-42. PubMed PMID: 25448043
  • Bettcher BM, Yaffe K, Boudreau RM, Neuhaus J, Aizenstein H, Ding J, Kritchevsky SB, Launer LJ, Liu Y, Satterfield S, Rosano C. Declines in inflammation predict greater white matter microstructure in older adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Feb;36(2):948-54. PubMed PMID: 25554492
  • Forner SA, Takada LT, Bettcher BM, Lobach IV, Tartaglia MC, Torres-Chae C, Haman A, Thai J, Vitali P, Neuhaus J, Bostrom A, Miller BL, Rosen HJ, Geschwind MD. Comparing CSF biomarkers and brain MRI in the diagnosis of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Neurol Clin Pract. 2015 Apr;5(2):116-125. PubMed PMID: 26137420
  • Frazier DT, Bettcher BM, Dutt S, Patel N, Mungas D, Miller J, Green R, Kramer JH. Relationship between Insulin-Resistance Processing Speed and Specific Executive Function Profiles in Neurologically Intact Older Adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Sep;21(8):622-8. PubMed PMID: 26272269
  • Lalli MA, Bettcher BM, Arcila ML, Garcia G, Guzman C, Madrigal L, Ramirez L, Acosta-Uribe J, Baena A, Wojta KJ, Coppola G, Fitch R, de Both MD, Huentelman MJ, Reiman EM, Brunkow ME, Glusman G, Roach JC, Kao AW, Lopera F, Kosik KS. Whole-genome sequencing suggests a chemokine gene cluster that modifies age at onset in familial Alzheimer's disease. Mol Psychiatry. 2015 Nov;20(11):1294-300. PubMed PMID: 26324103
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Professional Memberships

  • International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART), Member

Practice Locations

Neurosciences Center - Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
4th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2080

UCHealth Memory Disorders Clinic - Stapleton
3055 Roslyn Street
Suite 120
Denver, CO 80238
720-848-2080

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Neuropsychology

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, Temple University Graduate School (2010)
Internships:
  • Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital - Neuropsychology Program (0001)
Fellowships:
  • University of California San Francisco - Memory and Aging Center, Neuropsychology (0001)
Languages: English
Department: Neurology
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