Sanjay Asthana, MD, associate dean for gerontology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is the Duncan G. and Lottie H. Ballantine Chair in Geriatrics and professor and head of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the Department of Medicine.

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Sanjay Asthana, MD

Asthana is the director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), which was formally estalished in 2009 with funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The center was the first geriatric-based program in the country to earn an Alzheimer’s center designation by the NIH. Its mission is to provide infrastructure, services and support to Alzheimer’s related research projects across campus.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Delhi in India and completed his residency at the University of Saskatchewan School of Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed a three-year research fellowship in Alzheimer's disease at the Laboratory of Neurosciences of the NIA/NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. He has been part of the UW-Madison faculty since 2001.

Asthana is widely recognized for his research in the neuroendocrinology of Alzheimer's disease, and has published extensively in the field of hormones and cognition.