Maria Pilar Hernandez-Con, M.D.

Maria Pilar Hernandez Con headshot

Contact Information


Curriculum Vitae


  • MD – University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
  • MSCE – University of Pennsylvania

Entry Date into the POP Ph.D. program: Fall 2020

Research Interests

  • I am interested in applying pharmacoepidemiologic methods to study the effects of psychotropics in patients with severe mental disorders, including major depression disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Professional Experience

  • Attending Physician – University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
  • Attending Physician – Medical Center Emmanuel (Guinea-Bissau, West Africa)
  • Research Assistant – Movement Disorder and Parkinson’s Disease Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Postdoctoral fellow – Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Postdoctoral fellow – Center of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CEBB), University of Pennsylvania

Scholarships / Awards

  • T32 Training Grant for the University of Pennsylvania – MSCE Program 


  • Posavi, M.*, Diaz-Ortiz, M.*, Liu, B*., Swanson, CR., Skrinak, RT., Hernandez-Con, P., Amado, DA., Fullard, M., Rick, J., Siderowf, A., Weintraub, D., McCluskey, Trojanowski, J.Q., Dewey, D., Huang, X., Chen-Plotkin, A. Characterization of Parkinson’s Disease using blood-based biomarkers: A multi-cohort proteomic analysis. PLoS Med. 2019 October 11. 16(10): e1002931. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002931
  • Olsson, B., Portelius, E., Cullen, N.C., Sandelius, A., Zetterberg, H., Andreasson, U., Höglund, K., Irwin, D.J, Grossman, M., Weintraub, D., Chen-Plotkin, A., Wolk, D., McCluskey, L., Elman, L., Shaw, L., Toledo, J.B., McBride, J., Hernandez-Con, P., Lee, V.M., Trojanowski, J.Q., Blenow, K. “Association of Cerebrospinal Fluid Neurofilament Light Protein levels with Cognition in Patients with Dementia, Motor Neuron Disease, and Movement Disorders.” JAMA Neurol. 2019. 76(3): 318-325.
  • Amado DA*, Rieders JM*, Diatta F, Hernandez-Con P, Singer A, Mak, J.T, Zhang J, Lancaster E, Davidson BL, Chen-Plotkin AS. AAV-mediated progranulin delivery to a mouse model of progranulin deficiency causes T cell-mediated hippocampal degeneration. Molecular Therapy. 2019. 27(2): 465-478.  
  • Humbert M, Findley J, Hernandez-Con M., Chahine, LM. “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Parkinson’s disease: a case series.” npj Parkinson’s Dis. 2017. 25(3): 1-6.
  • Charan, R.A., Unger, T.L., Busch, J.I, Amado, D., Hernandez-Con, M.P.,    Middleman, J., Chen-Plotkin, A.S. Interaction of the frontotemporal dementia-associated protein TMEM106B with VAMP8 in lysosome-autophagosome fusion. (Under Review)