Dr. Deniz Erten-Lyons is a neurologist and researcher in the areas of brain aging and dementia. She is currently an assistant professor of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, and directs the clinical care and therapeutics program of the Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center.
Dr. Erten-Lyons obtained her medical degree from Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Turkey, followed by a neurology residency, as well as a fellowship in geriatric neurology at Oregon Health & Science University.
She treats patients with neurodegenerative dementias, and serves as site principal investigator on multi-center clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Erten-Lyons is also a staff neurologist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she directs the Geriatric Neurology Fellowship program.
Dr. Erten-Lyons' research interest is in understanding why some individuals age with minimal or no cognitive decline. To this end, she examines the relationship between neuropathology and cognitive decline and brain volume changes in the oldest old, as well as how lifestyle factors, genetics, and other co-morbidities modify this relationship. Dr. Erten-Lyons has received research support from the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Association, US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon.