- Frontotemporal Dementia
- Brain Imaging
- PET Markers in Dementia
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Neurodegenerative Disorders
Board Certification and Academic Information
||Neurology - Professor
||American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (Geriatric Neurology)
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
||Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging & Research
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Norman L. Foster, M.D., is Professor in the Department of Neurology, Chief of the Division of Cognitive Neurology, Director of the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR), and Senior Investigator for the Brain Institute at the University of Utah. He is a member of the Utah Commission on Aging, and a member of the University of Utah Center on Aging steering committee.
Dr. Foster has been nominated by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America® from 1996 to 2013. He was recognized as a "Health Care Hero" by Utah Business Magazine in 2007 for his clinical innovations at the University of Utah, and he received the ALEXA Award (for a Lifetime of Extraordinary Achievement in Alzheimer’s care and research) from the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Foster was appointed as a member of the Utah State Governor’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force.
Dr. Foster received his M.D. from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After completing his residency in Neurology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Dr. Foster relocated to Bethesda, Maryland for a three-year fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics with the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the NIH.
Dr. Foster was a faculty member of the University of Michigan Department of Neurology for over 20 years. During his tenure, he developed the first clinical program for dementing disorders in the state of Michigan, which eventually formed the nucleus of the Clinical Core of the NIH-funded Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which Dr. Foster directed for the first 16 years of its funding from 1989 to 2005. He also served as Associate Director of the Michigan ADRC from 1994-2004.
Dr. Foster is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and a chartered member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society and the American Neurological Association. He has been a chartered member of the NIH Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration (CNN) Study Section since 2007, and served as Section Chair from 2010-11.
Dr. Foster’s recent research has focused on pragmatic studies to improve evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disorders. This includes the development and application of brain imaging, especially validating imaging in clinical care. Dr. Foster recently led two multi-center NIH-funded trials of FDG-PET imaging to distinguish Alzheimer’s disease from frontotemporal dementia, which led to a decision by Medicare to fund FDG-PET for this indication. He is an investigator in the Neuroimaging Core of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and leads the University of Utah component of that study. He also has been involved in numerous studies examining the process of evaluating dementia. He is a member of the diagnostic consensus panel for the Aging and Demographics and Memory Study (ADAMS) and was elected by the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Centers to serve on the committee that developed the Uniform Data Set (UDS) now used at all of the Centers as a basis for evaluation and monitoring longitudinal change in cognition. Dr. Foster also has been involved with many clinical trials, including investigator-initiated, NIH-funded, and drug company sponsored drug trials.