Practice Locations

UCHealth Neurosciences Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct 4th Floor, Aurora, CO 80045


Brice McConnell, MD, PhD


Board Certified


Practice Locations

CU Memory Disorders Clinic - Central Park
3055 Roslyn Street, Suite 120, Denver, CO 80238


UCHealth Neurosciences Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct 4th Floor, Aurora, CO 80045


Provider Expertise


  • Neurology ( 2016 )
  • Behavioral Neurology

Education & Training

Medical Schools

MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2012)

Graduate Schools

PhD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2010)

Residency Program

University of Colorado (2016)

Research & Grants

Research Interests for Patients

My research interest is in better understanding changes to brain function among patients with cognitive problems, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease. I lead a research program within the University of Colorado Alzheimer's and Cognition Center with a goal to develop methods that can detect brain changes very early in Alzheimer's disease, prior to the development of cognitive or memory symptoms. I also work with members of our research team to develop and test new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone

(720) 848-2080

Research Interest for Referring Providers

As the director of the sleep research program at the University of Colorado Alzheimer's and Cognition Center, my lab explores the relationship between sleep and memory functions, focusing on the potential neuroprotective role of sleep against Alzheimer's disease. We have observed changes in sleep, especially during aging, that are related to poor memory performance and may accelerate Alzheimer’s disease progression. Our research has revealed unique brain communication signals and changes in brain memory processing across the human lifespan, identifying potential early predictors of Alzheimer's disease. Using electroencephalography (EEG), we monitor these changes through specific electrical patterns in brain activity, including as slow waves and sleep spindles, which are crucial in memory processing during sleep. These data suggest that disturbances in these brain wave patterns correlate with the development of Alzheimer's disease pathology, indicating that regular sleep monitoring could serve as an early biomarker of brain health and Alzheimer's progression. Our long-term goal is to develop technology that enables the deployment of a simple EEG headband for home use as a "brain health tracker" to predict and potentially mitigate the onset of dementia, offering a novel approach to Alzheimer's disease prevention and treatment monitoring.