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Sevil Yasar, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Languages: English, German, Hungarian
Expertise: Dementia, Geriatric Medicine, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Research Interests: Dementia, Cognitive decline, Hydrocephalus, Pharmacoepidemiology
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Center on Aging and Health
5200 Eastern Avenue
Mason F. Lord Building Suite 728
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 410-550-6337
5300 Alpha Commons Dr., Floor 4
Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center
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600 N. Wolfe Street
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Baltimore, MD 21287 map
1992-1996, Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
2001-present, Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
2012-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
- Associate Professor
- Associate Professor of Medicine
- Associate Professor of Neurology
- MD, Semmelweis Medical University (1988)
- Greater Baltimore Medical Center / Internal Medicine (1998)
- National Institute of Drug Abuse / Pharmacology (1992)
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center / Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (2001)
- American Board of Internal Medicine / Geriatric Medicine (2001, 2011)
- American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2000, 2010)
Research & Publications
Clinical Trial KeywordsVitamin D, cognition, physical function
Selected PublicationsSelected Publications/Peerreviewed articles
S. Yasar, M. Corrada, R. Brookmeyer and C. Kawas: Use of calcium channel blockers and the risks of developing Alzheimers disease and mortality: The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Neurobiol Aging 2005;2:157-63.
DJ. Doberman, S.Yasar, CS. Durso. Would You Refer this Patient to Hospice? An Evaluation of Tools for Determining Life Expectancy in End-Stage Dementia. J Palliat Med.2007;10:1410-9.
YJ. Cao, DE Mager, EM. Simonsick, SN. Hilmer, SM. Ling, BG. Windham, V. Crentsil, S. Yasar, LP. Fried, DR. Abernethy. Physical and cognitive performance and burden of anticholinergics, sedatives and ACE inhibitors in older women. Clin. Pharmacol. Ther, 2008; 83: 422-9.
JI. Barzilay, AL. Fitzpatrick, J. Luchsinger, S. Yasar, C. Bernick, NS. Jenny, LH. Kuller: Albuminuria and Dementia in the Elderly: A Community Study. Am J Kidney Dis, 2008; 52:216-26.
S. Yasar, J. Zhou, R. Varadhan, M. Carlson: The use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and diuretics is associated with a reduced incidence of impairment on cognition in elderly women. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008; 84:119-26.
M. Scherma, J. Medalie, W. Fratta, S.K. Vadivel, A. Makriyannis, D. Piomelli, E. Mikics, J. Haller, S. Yasar, G. Tanda, S.R. Goldberg. The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide has effects on motivation and anxiety that are revealed by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition. Neuropharmacol 2008;54:129-40.
C. Mazzola, J. Medalie, M. Scherma, LV Panlilio, M. Solinas, G. Tanda, F. Drago, JL Cadet, SR Goldberg, S. Yasar: Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition enhances memory acquisition through activation of PPAR-alpha nuclear receptors. Learning Memory 2009;16:332-7.
KM. Sink, X. Leng, J. Williamson, SB. Kritchevsky, K. Yaffe, L. Kuller, S. Yasar, H. Atkinson, M. Robbins, B. Psaty, DC. Goff, Jr. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults with Hypertension: Results from the Cardiovascular Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169:1195-202.
TE. Brinkley, JF. Lovato, CD Furberg, LH Kuller, GL. Burke, RL. Nahin, AM Arnold, OL Lopez, S. Yasar, JD. Williamson, for the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study Investigators. Effect of Ginkgo biloba on blood pressure and incidence of hypertension in elderly men and women. Am J Hyperten. 2010;23:528-33.
LV. Panlilio, S. Yasar, EB. Thorndike, SR. Goldberg, CW Schindler. Automatic recording of mediating behavior in delayed matching- and nonmatching-to-position procedures in rats. Psychopharmacology, 2011; 214:495-504.
K. Bettermann, A. Arnold, J. Williamson, S. Rapp, K. Sink, A. Fitzpatrick, J. Toole, M. Carlson, S. Yasar, S. DeKosky, O. Lopez, G. Burke. Cognitive Function and statin use: The Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory Study. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis, 2011; epub.
KM. Jung, G. Astarita, S. Yasar, E. Head, CW. Cotman, D. Piomelli. Deficits in anandamide signaling underlie cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimers Disease. Accepted Neurobiol Aging, 2011, epub.
S. Yasar, FM. Lin, LP. Fried, CH.. Kawas, KM. Sink, ST. DeKosky, MC. Carlson. Potassium Sparing Diuretic Use is Associated with Better Learning and Memory in Older Adults in the GEM Study. Accepted Alzheimers Dement, 2011.
S. Yasar, JY. Ko, S. Nothelle, MM. Mielke, MC. Carlson. Evaluation of the Effect of Systolic Blood Pressure and Pulse Pressure on Cognitive Function: The Womens Health and Aging Study II. PLoSONE, 2011; 6(12):e27976.
M. Mielke, V. Bandaru, J. Xia, NJ. Haughey, S. Yasar, M. Albert, V. Varma, G. Harris, E. Schneider, K. Bandeen-Roche, LP. Fried, CG. Lyketsos, MC. Carlson. Serum ceramides predict Alzheimers disease: The Womens Health and Aging Study II. Accepted Neurology, 2012.
Activities & Honors
- Semmelweis University Award, 1987
- Soros Travel Award, 1990
- Fellows Travel Award, Hartford/AFAR, 2000
- Young Investigator, Gordon Research Conferences, 2007