Spotlight: Dr. Jacci Bainbridge

Board Member and Longtime Friend of the Foundation Jacci Bainbridge, PharmD, FCCP, a current member of the Foundation's Board...

Board Member and Longtime Friend of the Foundation

Jacci Bainbridge, PharmD, FCCP, a current member of the Foundation's Board of Directors, has a long history with the RLS Foundation. Beginning in 2007, Dr. Bainbridge served on the BOD for eight years. After a two year hiatus, she returned to the board in 2017.

"I have a vested interest in educating our patients, physicians and the public on RLS and neurologic medications," Dr. Bainbridge said. "I chose to serve on the RLS Foundation Board in order to assist in filling a knowledge gap in education and research relating to RLS awareness and medication usage."

Dr. Bainbridge serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Anschultz Outpatient Pavilion's Neurology Clinic, an extension of the Neurology Residency Teaching Program at The University of Colorado Denver. She is also a professor in the Department of Neurology at the university's School of Medicine, and teaches at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she is a three-time Professor of the Year (2010-2012).

"Jacci is a committed educator and researcher in the RLS field," Executive Director Karla Dzienkowski said. "She brings her knowledge as a PharmD to the board and fully supports the Foundation’s education and awareness outreach, as well as providing valuable insight on research proposals under funding consideration at the board level."

Dr. Bainbridge manages patients with neurologic disease states such as epilepsy, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, migraine and restless legs syndrome. She is currently involved in research projects funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment using marijuana. In her recent past she has had projects funded by the NIH, spanning subjects such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuroprotection trials in Parkinson disease.

Click here to read an article from the Winter 2015 edition of NightWalkers that Dr. Bainbridge co-authored with Mark Buchfuhrer, MD, FRCP(C), FCCP, FAASM, where they examine the relationship between medical marijuana and RLS.

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