University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Ralston-Penn Center
3615 Chestnut Street

Phone: 215-898-8997
Research Area(s): Physical Activity

Jason Karlawish, MD

Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Perelman School of Medicine

Doctor Karlawish’s research focuses on ethical issues in human subjects research and the care of persons with late-life cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers Disease and Parkinsons Disease. His research investigates issues in dementia drug development, informed consent, quality of life, research and treatment decision making, and voting by persons with cognitive impairment and residents of long term care facilities. He has studied elderly persons’ willingness to allow family to serve as a proxy for research decision making, consent capacity, whether Alzheimers Disease clinical trials can be redesigned to increase family caregivers’ willingness to enroll, and voting rights for older adults with cognitive impairment.