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Memory Disorders Center

Hawaii Memory Disorders Center & Alzheimer’s Research Unit is recognized internationally as well as locally for

-Dedicated to caring for patients with memory loss by a fully integrated multidisciplinary team of specialists (neurologist, geriatrician, brain cognitive rehab, preventive lifestyle brain health) and researchers

-Funded by NIH to conduct research on Alzheimer’s Disease

-Partner with global partners to conduct research to develop better treatments for Alzheimer’s

-First in Hawaii to offer patients groundbreaking innovative research treatments in phase I, II, III and IV clinical trials

-First in Hawaii to offer patients any new drugs approved by FDA like Aduhelm and Leqembi (since 2019) and successfully treated and monitor patients for safety  Clinical Trials available at Hawaii Memory Disorders Center & Alzheimer’s Research Unit

 -Leader in educating other physicians, residents, medical students, and community in this field Publications by Specialists & Researchers

The evaluation to diagnose memory disorders and dementia may include an MRI of the Brain, EEG, laboratory tests and neuropsychology testing. Each patient is unique and medical workups will vary depending on the patient’s medical history and clinical presentation. Once the evaluation for the patient is complete, the multidisciplinary team will discuss the findings with the patient and family.   Together we formulate an individualized plan for treatment and management.    Plans can include medications and lifestyle recommendations. Teaching includes nutritional counseling, physical exercise, and brain stimulation exercises that focus on improving brain health. Care for the caregivers is a vital part of the Memory Disorders Center program and includes education, counseling, coordination of care and access to resources in the community.     We understand the challenges of facing these issues. Therefore, we work closely with and support Hawaii’s local support group to be sure you do not feel alone in this journey. 

Hawaii's Research on Alzheimer's Published or Presented Nationally

Kore Kai Liow, MD, FACP, FAAN

Director, Memory Disorders Center
Principal Investigator, Alzheimer’s Research Unit
Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology),
Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research
University of Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine
Fellowship: Clinical Research & Neurophysiology, NINDS, NIH
Neurology Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Meet Our

Multidisciplinary Team

Kore Kai Liow, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.N.

Neuroscience Chair

Director, Memory Disorders Center, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Neuro COVID Clinic, Center for Neuromodulation, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Center, BRITL (Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs) BCI (Brain Computer Interface) & Brain Mapping Lab
Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Nicholas Anderson, MD

Sleep Medicine

Director, Sleep and Insomnia Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine,
University of Hawai`i John Burns School of Medicine

Darren DuGas, M.D.


Director, Video-EEG Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
Co-Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Sub- Investigator, Epilepsy Research Unit

Natalia Gonzalez Caldito, M.D.


Director, MS & Neuroimmunology Center
Director, ALS & Neuromuscular Center & IV Infusion Center
Sub investigator, MS & Neuroimmunology & Neuromuscular Research Unit

Janette Abramowitz, M.D.


Research Faculty, Brain Mapping Lab, Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs
Residency: Combined Neurology & Psychiatry University of Massachusetts Medical School Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Paul Smith, M.D.

Lifestyle Medicine

Director, Self Care & Wellness Center
Sub-investigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Chris Larrinaga, ARPN-BC, MSN, CNRN

Neurology, Neuroscience

Sleep Medicine
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

L. Nicole Little, PA-C, PhD

Neurology, Neuroscience

Headache & Facial Pain
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

Nicole Evans, PA-C

Neurology, Neuroscience

Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

Qing X. Li PhD

Basic Science, Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu


Neurology, Neuroscience

Memory Disorders
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

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