Dana M. Pogorelec

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The lower abdominal wall has established itself as tissue that can mimic the breast to a high degree. Attention has, therefore, turned to harvesting and transferring this tissue, but with minimal donor site morbidity. We report on our experience with five transfers of this tissue based on the superficial inferior epigastric (SIE) vessels. This technique(More)
Yuetiva Deming1,*, Jian Xia1,2,*, Yefei Cai1, Jenny Lord1,3, Jorge L. Del-Aguila1, Maria Victoria Fernandez1, David Carrell1, Kathleen Black1, John Budde1, ShengMei Ma1, Benjamin Saef1, Bill Howells1, Sarah Bertelsen1, Matthew Bailey4, Perry G. Ridge4, Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)¶, David Holtzman5,6,7,8, John C. Morris5,6,7,8, Kelly(More)
Reconstruction of the female breast following mastectomy has become commonplace. The number of donor sites have increased as the quest both for improving reconstruction and reducing morbidity continues. There are a number of donor sites which resemble breast tissue in terms of skin texture, suppleness and colour. The 'gold standard' for transfer in breast(More)
The transverse upper gracilis (TUG) flap is a free musculocutaneous (type II) flap consisting of a segment of the proximal gracilis muscle and a 25x10 cm skin paddle oriented transversely. The vascular pedicle of the TUG flap is the ascending branch of the medial circumflex femoral artery with two venae comitantes. The pedicle length is 6 cm and the(More)
The Clusterin (CLU) gene, also known as apolipoprotein J (ApoJ), is currently the third most associated late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) risk gene. However, little was known about the possible effect of CLU genetic variants on AD pathology in brain. Here, we evaluated the interaction between 7 CLU SNPs (covering 95% of genetic variations) and the role(More)
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a precursor phase of Alzheimer's disease (AD). As current treatments may be effective only at the early stages of AD, it is important to track MCI patients who will convert to AD. The aim of this study is to develop a high performance semi-mechanism based approach to predict the conversion from MCI to AD and improve our(More)
Accurate prediction of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is important for the early diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an early stage of AD. Therefore, patients with MCI who are at high risk of fully developing AD should be identified to accurately predict AD. However, the relationship between brain images and AD is(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that Alzheimer's disease (AD) is heterogenous and can be classified into several subtypes. Here, we propose a robust subtyping method for AD based on cortical atrophy patterns and graph theory. We calculated similarities between subjects in their atrophy patterns throughout the whole brain, and clustered subjects with similar(More)
Phosphatidylinositolbinding clathrin assembly protein (PICALM) gene is one novel genetic player associated with late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD), based on recent genome wide association studies (GWAS). However, how it affects AD occurrence is still unknown. Brain reserve hypothesis highlights the tolerant capacities of brain as a passive means to fight(More)
The introduction of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as a diagnostic category adds to the challenges of diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease (AD). No single marker has been proven to accurately categorize patients into their respective diagnostic groups. Thus, previous studies have attempted to develop fused predictors of AD and MCI. These studies have two main(More)