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Faculty Profile

Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Division of Geriatrics and Department of Neurology

Department of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Topics of Professional Interest:
  • Cognition in aging with HIV
Current Professional Summary:

Dr Valcour is Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Neurology with primary appointment within the Memory and Aging Center, University of California San Francisco. His research is mostly conducted among people living with HIV over the age of 60, where he examines factors that distinguish HAND from age-associated neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheiemer's disease. internationally, he operates protocols in Southeast Asia, examining acute HIV and the brain implications of cure studies through the International neuroHIV Cure COnsortium (  and in Africa where he examines predictors of cognition from the African context and how cognition and psychiatric issues impact cART uptake. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Global Brain Health Institute (

Committees and Organizations:
  • Executive Director, Global Brain Health Institute (
  • University of Vermont, BS, Education
  • University of Vermont, MD
  • St Joseph Hospital, Internal Medicine Residency and Board Certification
  • University of Hawaii, Fellowship and Board Certification, Geriatric Medicine
  • University of California San Francisco, Fellowship, Neurobehavior
Selected Publications:
  1. Valcour V, Paul R, Neuhaus J, Shikuma C. The effects of age and HIV on neuropsychological performance. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2011;17:190-195.
  2. Valcour VG, Shiramizu BT, Shikuma CM. HIV DNA in circulating monocytes as a mechanism to dementia and other HIV complications. J Leukoc Biol. 2010;87:621-626.
  3. Pumpradit W, Ananworanich J, Lolak S, Shikuma C, Paul R, Siangphoe U, Chaoniti N, Kaew-On P, Paris R, Ruxrungtham K, Valcour V, Southeast Asia Research Collaboration with Hawaii (SEARCH) 005 Protocol Team. Neurocognitive impairment and psychiatric comorbidity in well-controlled human immunodeficiency virus-infected Thais from the 2NN Cohort Study. J Neurovirol. 2010;16:76-82.
  4. Valcour VG, Shiramizu BT, Sithinamsuwan P, et al. HIV DNA and cognition in a Thai longitudinal HAART initiation cohort: the SEARCH 001 Cohort Study. Neurology. 2009;72:992-998.
  5. Valcour V, Watters MR, Williams AE, Sacktor N, McMurtray A, Shikuma C. Aging exacerbates extrapyramidal motor signs in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. J Neurovirol. 2008;14:362-367.
  6. McMurtray A, Nakamoto B, Shikuma C, Valcour V. Cortical atrophy and white matter hyperintensities in HIV: the Hawaii Aging with HIV Cohort Study. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2008;17:212-217.
  7. Ratto-Kim S, Chuenchitra T, Pulliam L, Paris R, Sukwit S, Gongwon S, Sithinamsuwan P, Nidhinandana S, Thitivichianlert S, Shiramizu BT, de Souza MS, Chitpatima ST, Sun B, Rempel H, Nitayaphan S, Williams K, Kim JH, Shikuma CM, Valcour VG, Southeast Asia Research Collaboration with the University of Hawaii (SEARCH) 001 protocol team. Expression of monocyte markers in HIV-1 infected individuals with or without HIV associated dementia and normal controls in Bangkok Thailand. J Neuroimmunol. 2008;195:100-107.
  8. Sacktor N, Skolasky R, Selnes OA, Watters M, Poff P, Shiramizu B, Shikuma C, Valcour V. Neuropsychological test profile differences between young and old human immunodeficiency virus-positive individuals. J Neurovirol. 2007;13:203-209.
  9. Valcour VG, Sacktor NC, Paul RH, et al. Insulin resistance is associated with cognition among HIV-1-infected patients: the Hawaii Aging With HIV cohort. JAIDS. 2006;43:405-410.
  10. Valcour V, Shikuma C, Shiramizu B, et al. Higher frequency of dementia in older HIV-1 individuals: the Hawaii Aging with HIV-1 Cohort. Neurology. 2004;63:822-827.


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