Dr. Tanner completed a residency in Neurology and fellowship in Clinical Neuropharmacology and Movement Disorders at Rush University and a doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California - Berkeley. Her clinical practice specializes in movement disorders, particularly Parkinsonís disease (PD), atypical parkinsonism and dystonia. Her research interests include investigations of descriptive epidemiology, environmental and genetic determinants, biomarkers, early detection, non-motor disease features and interventions for the secondary prevention, disease modification and symptomatic treatment of movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Tanner serves as advisor to many scientific, governmental and voluntary groups. Her honors include the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation Outstanding Woman Parkinsonís Disease Researcher in 2004 and the University of California-Berkeley Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Achievement in 2008. Dr. Tanner is also the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Movement Disorders Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology.