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Karen L. Bell, MD

  • Professor of Neurology (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain) at the Columbia University Medical Center
Karen L. Bell, MD

Karen Bell is a Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain and the GH Sergievsky Center. A Bronx native who graduated from New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed internship in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital Center and neurology residency at The Neurological Institute at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. After completing a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology, she focused her clinical and research efforts to specialize on the evaluation and treatment of neurodegenerative cognitive disorders at the Taub Institute.

As the Director of the Education Core of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Columbia University, she has developed physician and community education programs. She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the National Medical Association, serving on various subcommittees. She is an external advisor to National Medical Association's Project I.M.P.A.C.T. initiative. She also serves on multiple NINDS Data Safety Monitoring Boards and has been a member of the Columbia University Medical Center Institutional Review Board since 2003. She was appointed to the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education (NYSCOGME) by Governor Paterson in 2009 and chairs the NYS COGME Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Workgroup. She has participated as a mentor in the Harlem Children Society science program for many years.

As the Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials Group at Columbia University Medical Center, she has led the clinical trials group at the Taub Institute to become a leading center in Phase II and III trials with potential disease modifying agents. She was the Director of the Minority Recruitment Core for NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), and is interested in achieving ethnic diversity in enrollment in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials on a national level. As such she has been spearheading the ADCS recruitment efforts to increase diversity in clinical trials since 2002.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Aging and Dementia

Education & Training

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Internship: Harlem Hospital Center
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY

Centers/Institutes/Programs

  • Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain

Committees/Societies/Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • National Medical Association

NIH Grants

  • WHICAP -GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CEREBROVASCULAR FACTORS IN ALZHEIMER S DISEASE (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2016 - Jun 30 2021

    A PHASE 2 MULTI-CENTER, RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE BLIND, PLACEBOCONTROLLED,PARALLEL GROUP STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF T-817MA IN PATIENTS WITH MILD TO MODERATE ALZHEIMER''S DISEASE (US202) (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Oct 3 2014 - Oct 3 2019

    PROTOCOL H8A-MC-LZAZ(A)/ADC-040-A4 ANTI-AMYLOID TREATMENT IN ASYMPTOMATIC ALZHEIMER''S DISEASE (A4 STUDY) (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Aug 19 2014 - Aug 19 2019

    OLFACTORY DEFICITS AND DONEPEZIL TREATMENT IN COGNITIVELY IMPAIRED ELDERLY (Federal Gov)

    Jun 15 2013 - May 31 2018

    A PHASE 2A MULTI-CENTER STUDY OF 18F-FDG PET, SAFETY, AND TOLERABILITY OF AZD0530 IN MILD ALZHEIMER S DISEASE PROTOCOL# ADC-049 (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2015 - May 31 2017

    EPIDEMIOLOGY OF BIOMARKERS OF RISK AND PROGRESSION IN LOAD (Federal Gov)

    May 1 2010 - Apr 30 2017

    CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN ALZHEIMER DISEASE (NYS) (NY State Gov)

    Jul 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017

    HE ALZHEIMER S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY - JANET (Federal Gov)

    Mar 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017

    ALZHEIMER S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY - A4 STUDY (Federal Gov)

    Dec 1 2015 - Feb 28 2017

    LONGITUDINAL EVALUATION OF AMYLOID RISK AND NEURODEGENERATION - THE LEARN STUDY (Private)

    Nov 1 2015 - Oct 31 2016

    PHASE II STUDY TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT ON BIOMARKERS OF RESVERATROL TREATMENT IN PATIENTS WITH MILD TO MODERATE ALZHEIMER S DISEASE (Federal Gov)

    Jul 18 1999 - Dec 31 2014

    A PHASE IIA,MC,RANDOMIZED,THIRD-PARTY UNBLINDED,LT EXTENSION STUDY TO DETERMINE SAFETY, TOLERABILITY & IMMUNOGENICITY OF (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Oct 21 2009 - Oct 21 2014

    A RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED, TWO DOSE-ARM STUDY OF THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF IMMUNE GLOBULIN (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Dec 4 2008 - Dec 15 2013

    ALZHEIMER S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 1991 - Jun 30 2013

    SAFETY, TOLERABILITY, AND EFFICACY OF AAB-001 (ELN115727) INPATIENTS WITH ALZHEIMER"S DISEASE WHO PARTICIPATED IN STUDY (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    May 1 2007 - Dec 31 2012

    ALZHEIMER S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 1991 - Dec 31 2012

    ALZHEIMER''S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 1991 - Jun 30 2012

    ALZHEIMER''S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 1991 - Jun 30 2012

    RAGE INHIBITOR (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Aug 22 2007 - Dec 10 2011

    BAPINEUZUMAB IN SUBJ (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Mar 11 2008 - Sep 30 2011

    NOVARTIS CAD (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Dec 12 2008 - Jun 30 2011

    WYETH--3134K1-2201-U (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Oct 19 2007 - May 30 2011

    ALZHEIMER S DISEASE PREVENTION TRIAL WITH ESTROGEN (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2004 - Jul 31 2010

    ALZHEIMER''S DISEASE COOPERATIVE STUDY (Federal Gov)

    Sep 15 2001 - Jun 30 2006