Virginia D Buckles, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Phone: 314-286-2416
Fax: 314-286-2448

Dr. Buckles is the Executive Director of the Washington University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and Assistant Director of the Memory Diagnostic Center.

With a research history in the psychology of movement and later gerontological training in attention and aging, my current research interests have focused in the past on Alzheimer’s disease and its effect on motor control (driving, falls in the elderly, etc.). Currently I am interested in the process of informed consent in cognitively impaired individuals. As Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, my role is to coordinate and promote research efforts from a variety of areas focused on understanding the diagnosis, treatment, and etiology of this disease.

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  1. Hunt LA, Carr D, Ducheck JM, Grant EA, Buckles V, Murphy CF, Morris JC. Reliability and validity of the Washington University road test: A performance-based assessment for drivers with dementia of the Alzheimer type. Arch Neurol 1997; 54:707-712.
  2. Duchek JM, Hunt L, Ball K, Buckles V, and Morris JC. Attention and driving performance in Alzheimer’s disease. J Gerontology 1998; 53B:P130-P140.
  3. Goldman WP, Baty JD, Buckles VD, Sahrmann S, Morris JC. Cognitive and motor functioning in Parkinson’s disease with and without questionable dementia. Arch Neurol, 1998; 55:674-680.
  4. Cacchione PZ, Powlishta KK, Grant EA, Buckles VD, Morris JC. Accuracy of collateral source reports in very mild to mild dementia of the Alzheimer type. JAGS 2003 51:819-823
  5. Buckles VD, Powlishta KK; J.L. Palmer JL; Coats M; Hosto T; Buckley A, Morris JC. Understanding of informed consent by demented individuals. Neurology 2003 61:1662-1666.
  6. Perkinson MA, Berg-Weger ML, Carr DB, Meuser TM, Palmer JL, Buckles VD, Powlishta KK, Foley DJ, Morris JC. Driving and Dementia of the Alzheimer Type: Beliefs and Cessation