Doris Trauner, MD!
Meet Doris Trauner, MD!
Doris is a distinguished professor at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Her studies focus on brain function in cystinosis, with an emphasis on learning and memory. Learn more about Doris below.
Q. Please tell us about the research that you’re conducting and how it affects the cystinosis community. How will this research benefit those who live with cystinosis?
A. My research is focused on brain function in cystinosis, particularly in learning and memory. As more effective treatments for cystinosis have become available, people with this condition are leading longer and healthier lives, but some face challenges with academic success and also with memory. Our research aims to understand the type, extent, and causes of the academic and cognitive difficulties in order to provide more effective interventions that can improve quality of life.
Q.What drew you to this profession?
A.I’m a pediatric neurologist and I’ve always been interested in how the brain works, how people learn and how people think. I became interested in cystinosis when I saw a patient with cystinosis many years ago and was told that there were no neurological problems with that condition. I discovered that that was not quite accurate and have been conducting research on neurological issues in cystinosis ever since.
Q.Do you have children? How many?
A.I have two children (now adults), and one granddaughter who just turned one year old.
Q.Do you have a pet – what kind of pet and what is the pet’s name?
A.I used to have a wonderful chocolate lab named Sugar. She died a few years ago and I don’t have a pet right now.
Q.What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
A.thing with chocolate in it!