Editorial Board ::: Current Alzheimer Research

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Volume 14, 12 Issues, 2017


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Debomoy K. Lahiri
Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Neuroscience Research Center
Indianapolis, IN 46202
USA


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Editor-in-Chief:

Debomoy K. Lahiri (Biography
Debomoy K. Lahiri

Dr. Debomoy Lahiri is Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, USA. His major research focus is to understand the mechanism of aging, origin and biogenesis of the amyloid plaque, and to discover drug targets for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other brain disorders. Dr. Lahiri’s group has shown the novel role of specific microRNA species in regulation of genes implicated in AD as well as the role of gene and environment interaction in late-life disorders. Also, his team has made significant contributions to understanding the biochemical pathway for neurodevelopment disorders, such as autism and fragile X syndrome. Dr. Lahiri is the Editor-In-Chief of the international journal, ‘Current Alzheimer Research' (Bentham). He authored books, such as ‘Protective Strategies for Neurodegenerative Diseases' published by the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lahiri was awarded grants as a Principal Investigator from the National Institute on Aging, NIH, and Alzheimer’s Association, USA. His other honors include the ‘Zenith Award’ and listing in Marquis' ‘Who's Who in the World'.

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Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Neuroscience Research Center
Indianapolis, IN 46202
USA



Honorary Senior Advisor(s):

Jean-Marie Lehn
(Nobel Laureate)
Laboratoire de Chimie
Supramoléculaire ISIS
Université de Strasbourg
Strasbourg
France

Ferid Murad
(Nobel Laureate)
University Professor Director
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Signaling
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Washington, DC
USA


Associate Editors:

Sultan Darvesh (Biography
Sultan Darvesh

Dr. Darvesh completed his PhD (organic chemistry) and postdoctoral fellowship (molecular biology) at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. He completed medical training (MD) and residency (Neurology) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and a fellowship in Behavioural Neurology, The Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care and the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a Professor and Staff Neurologist, Department of Medicine (Neurology and Geriatric Medicine), Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Canada, and cross-appointed in the Department of Medical Neuroscience, Dalhousie University. He has published more than 80 publications and is an inventor of 12 patents and 1 copyright.

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Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
Canada

Gad A. Marshall (Biography
Gad A. Marshall

Dr. Marshall is currently the Associate Medical Director of Clinical Trials at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has been site principal investigator for multiple clinical trials of amyloid-modifying drugs in Alzheimer’s disease and am currently the site principal investigator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) 2, DoD-ADNI, and the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (A4) trial. His research has focused on clinical correlates of activities of daily living and neuropsychiatric symptoms with PiB and FDG PET, structural and resting-state functional MRI, and CSF biomarkers across the early Alzheimer’s disease spectrum. He is an Associate Editor for Current Alzheimer Research and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and an ad-hoc reviewer for 26 other journals.

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Brigham and Women's Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
USA

Weihong Song (Biography
Weihong Song

Dr. Song is the Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer's disease and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. He was trained as a clinical psychiatrist and molecular neuroscientist (http://neuroscience.ubc.ca/people/Song). His lab has made major contribution to the understanding on how BACE1 and γ-secretase regulate APP processing and their role in Alzheimer pathogenesis and drug development. He also investigates the molecular pathways contributing to AD pathogenesis in Down Syndrome. He serves on numerous international grant review panels and journals’ editorial boards. Dr. Song was elected to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in 2012.

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The University of British Columbia
Vancouver
Canada

Martin R. Farlow (Biography
Martin R. Farlow

Dr. Farlow is Professor of Neurology and Vice-Chairman of Research in the Department of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He is also Associate Co-Director of the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Farlow is a member of many professional associations including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, and the American Geriatrics Society. He is also a founding member in both the American Society of Experimental Neurotherapeutics and the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology. Dr. Farlow has lectured on the topics of aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease at more than 300 meetings, conferences, and hospitals/medical schools throughout the world. He is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and on the editorial boards of MedLink and Current Alzheimer Research. Dr. Farlow’s research focuses on clinical trials of investigational drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias being the lead investigator for several major studies including; tacrine, donepezil, rivastigmine and interests in trial design and safety.

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Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN
USA

George Perry (Biography
George Perry

George Perry (born April 12, 1953 in Lompoc, California) is a neuroscientist recognized in the field of Alzheimer's disease research particularly for his work in oxidative stress. Dr. Perry has studied at many universities and holds multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a PhD in Marine Biology from the Scrippss Institution of Oceanography at San Diego. He is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer’s disease researchers by Expertscape with over 1000 publications, more than 66,000 citations (H=129), one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in Neuroscience & Behavior and one of the top 25 scientists in free radical research. Dr. Perry is a Semmes Foundation Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology and is an active participant in many other scientific associations. He is an elected member of the Academies of Sciences of Mexico, Portugal, and Spain. In addition, Perry is an Editor of numerous scientific journals including Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease which he founded in 1998. Today, Perry continues his love for research while working as Dean of the College of Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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University of Texas at San Antonio
Texas, TX
USA

Nigel H. Greig (Biography
Nigel H. Greig

Dr. Greig was trained as a pharmacologist with a background in medicinal chemistry and physiology and gained his Ph.D. from the University of London; specifically, from the Pharmacology Department of the Royal College of Surgeons, England. Leaving the Cancer Chemotherapy Department of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, he joined NIA in 1982. His initial studies focused on optimizing the delivery to and action of drugs within the brain. Leaving NIA in 1989, Dr. Greig was involved in the initiation of the successful California biotechnology company, Athena Neurosciences, now Elan Pharmaceuticals.The company was launched on technology from Dr. Greig's program.

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National Institute on Aging/NIH
Baltimore, MD
USA

Lon S. Schneider (Biography
Lon S. Schneider

Dr. Schneider, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry, behavioural sciences, Neurology and Gerontology at USC Keck School of Medicine and Leonard Davis School of Gerontology of the University of Southern California. He serves as Director of Alzheimer Research and Clinical Center of California at the University of Southern California. His work involves treatment development with novel metabolic and neuroregenerative compounds, outcomes assessment and approaches to modeling and clinical trials simulations. He is editor-in-chief of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions; senior associate editor for Current Alzheimer Research and Alzheimer’s & Dementia; and an editorial advisor for The Lancet Neurology and the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group. Dr. Schneider won the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s prestigious Senior Investigator Award for his research on the clinical neuropharmacology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
USA


Regional Editors:

Konrad Beyreuther (Biography
Konrad Beyreuther

Dr. Beyreuther is Director of the Network Aging Research (NAR) of Heidelberg University (since 2007 – present), distinguished senior Professor at Heidelberg University (since 2009) and emeritus Professor of Molecular Biology at the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg University (ZMBH). He is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hertie Institute of Brain Research, Medical School, Tuebingen University, Germany. Prof. Beyreuther's research interests include the molecular and clinical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, with special emphasis on Alzheimer's disease and other dementia disorders. He has published over 400 papers on these subjects. Prof. Beyreuther is the recipient of several awards. In 2004 his achievements were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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University Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Germany

Frederic Checler (Biography
Frederic Checler

Dr. Checler received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology from University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis (1983). Frédéric Checler was ranked Top 1% researcher in the world “Biology and Biochemistry” (ISI WOK field of ranking at the end of 2011) and published over 250 articles. Dr. Checler was the first President of the scientific committee of the European League against Alzheimer’s disease (LECMA, 2005-2010) and has been member of the editorial board (1993-2001) and deputy Chief Editor (20001-2010) of J. Neurochem and currently European Editor of Current Alzheimer Research and senior editor of Scientific Reports.

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Institut de Pharmacologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire
Valbonne
France


Editorial Board Members:

Craig Atwood (Biography
Craig Atwood

Dr. Atwood obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. He has held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and Case Western Reserve University prior to his current appointments as an Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine, and as a Health Science Specialist within the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital, Madison. He has published more than 150 scientific publications, is an inventor on 8 issued U.S. patents and is a top cited author. He has received a number of awards for his teaching and research, including the Zenith Fellows Award from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine
Madison, WI
USA

Nady Braidy (Biography
Nady Braidy

Dr Nady Braidy is a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. degree that was awarded to him in 2011 from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Dr. Braidy has international recognition in the field of Alzheimer research and specializes in neural cell therapeutics. Dr. Braidy also holds a graduate certificate in research management (with distinction), Diploma in innovation management (with distinction), M.S. degree in pharmacy, University of Sydney, and B.S. degree in medical science (class I honors in pharmacology and physiology with distinction) University of New South Wales. Dr. Braidy has published over 80 peer-reviewed research papers, 5 book chapters, and 2 books and is an inventor in 1 accepted international patent.

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University of New South Wales
Sydney
Australia

Rudy J. Castellani (Biography
Rudy J. Castellani

Dr. Castellani, is professor of pathology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also serves as Director of Neuropathology, Director of Autopsy Services, Program Director of the Pathologist's Assistant Graduate Program, and Associate Director of the Pathology Residency Program. He is recognized in the field of Alzheimer's disease and prion disease research, particularly for his work on oxidative stress, mitochondria dysfunction, cell cycle re-entry, and genotype-phenotype correlations. He is distinguished as one of the top Neuropathologists in the world. His many honors include the Alzheimer Medal, the Golden Chair Award from the American Association of Neuropathologists, the Wall of Fame award for excellence in teaching at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Educator of the Year from the Michigan State University Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology.

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University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD
USA

Colin K. Combs (Biography
Colin K. Combs

Dr. Combs obtained a doctorate (PhD) in Neurobiology and Anatomy from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He performed his post-doctoral studies at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Neurosciences in the Alzheimer’s Research Laboratory in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Combs is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, ND. His work has focused on neuroinflammatory aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and microglial activation along with the biology of amyloid precursor protein.

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University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Grand Forks, ND
USA

Isidro Ferrer (Biography
Isidro Ferrer

Isidro Ferrer, born in Barcelona, Spain in 1951, Graduate in Medicine in 1976, Doctor in Medicine in 1980 at the University of Barcelona. Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Barcelona; Director of the Institute of Neuropathology and Brain Bank, Bellvitge Universiy Hospitaltge, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona; PI of the group Neuropathology at the Biomedical Network Center for Research on Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED), Institute of Health Carlos III, Spain. Main topics of interest: Morphological and molecular neuropathology of aging and human neurodegenerative diseases in old age including Alzheimer’s disease, tauopathies, alpha-synucleinopathies, prion diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontoemporal lobar degenerations, among others. Publications: 690 publications in scientific journals; 32 book chapters.

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Institute de Neuropatologia
Carrer Feixa Llarga sn 08907 Hospitalet de Llobregat
Spain

Othman Ghribi (Biography
Othman Ghribi

Othman Ghribi has completed his Ph.D in Neuropharmacology in 1994 at the University René Descartes, Paris France, and postdoctoral studies from The University of Quebec (1996-1999). Dr Ghribi then joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Virginia (1999-2004) and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 2004. He has published more than 80 papers and is serving on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Current Alzheimer’s disease, and the Journal of Neurodegenerative Diseases. Dr. Ghribi’s current research is funded by the national Institute of Health and focuses on the role of environmental factors (chemical and dietary) and genetic susceptibility in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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University of North Dakota, School of Medicine
Grand Forks, ND
USA

Yue Huang (Biography
Yue Huang

Dr. Huang, Yue obtained MBBS degree from Harbin Medical University, China in 1991, trained as a neurologist, and practiced in clinics for nine years. She started her postdoctoral research in neuropathology at Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney, Australia in 2003, following her PhD completion on neurogenetics (Capital Medical University, Beijing, China) and proteomics (Flinders University, SA, Australia). Her research interest is neurodegenerative disorders. Currently, Dr. Huang, Yue is a conjoint associate professor in UNSW Australia, and an honorary neuropathology consultant in Human Brain Tissue Bank of Peking Union Medical College.

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The University of New South Wales
Sydney
Australia

Jianping Jia (Biography
Jianping Jia

Prof. Jia is Senior Physician and Professor in Neurology, Dean of Neurology College,Beijing Capital Medical University, Chairman of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Committee of Chinese Medical Doctor Association, Chairman of China Cognition Disorders Society, President of China Dementia Society, Chairman of the Neurologist Society of Chinese Medical Doctor Association (2003-2013), President of Neurology committee of Chinese Medical Association (2009-2013). Professor Jia research interest includes Alzheimer's disease and its genetic pathogenesis; Clinical trial for cognitive disorders; Multi-center or national epidemiological survey of cognitive disease. Professor Jia is an experienced neurologist, also keen on the education of the medical student. He is the editor in chief of a series of neurology text book including Neurology(6th edition and 7th edition) and resident Neurology in China. He totally published 45 medical books, in which the editor in chief for 25 books.

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Beijing Capital Medical University
45 Changchun Street, Beijing
PR China

Jeff Kuret (Biography
Jeff Kuret

Dr. Kuret is a Professor of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology at The Ohio State University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology at Stanford University. Dr. Kuret’s laboratory focuses primarily on tau aggregation and neurofibrillary lesion formation in Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
USA

Cynthia A. Lemere (Biography
Cynthia A. Lemere

Dr. Lemere, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Her research focuses on using the immune system therapeutically for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. She serves on several national and international scientific advisory boards, including the ADPD Scientific Advisory Council, the Brightfocus Foundation Scientific Review Council, the National Alzheimer’s Assocation Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, and the DIAN-TU Therapeutic Evaluation Committee. In addition, she serves as a scientific advisor for several companies.

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Center for Neurologic Diseases, Harvard New Research Building
Boston, MA
USA

Davide V. Moretti
IRCCS S. Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli
Brescia
Italy

Yasumasa Ohyagi (Biography
Yasumasa Ohyagi

Dr. Ohyagi graduated Kyushu University School of Medicine (Japan) in 1985. He is a clinical neurologist as well as neuroscientist in neurobiology and neurochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease. He worked at Case Western Reserve University and Mayo Clinic Florida (USA) from 1994 to 1997. After the professor of Neurological Therapeutics in Kyushu University, he became the professor and chairman of Department of Neurology and Geriatric Medicine in Ehime University (Japan) from 2015.

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Kyushu University
Fukuoka
Japan

William Rebeck (Biography
William Rebeck

Bill Rebeck studies genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease using cell culture and animal models. He received his AB in Chemistry from Cornell University (1982) and his PhD in Toxicology from Harvard University (1990). He studied Alzheimer’s Disease on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Heidelberg (1991) and APOE and Alzheimer’s Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital (1992-2002). In 2003, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University. In 2013-14, he was Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Neuroscience.

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Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC
USA

Ahmad Salehi (Biography
Ahmad Salehi

Dr. Salehi (M.D., Ph.D.) is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Medical School and the Director of the WRIISC Translational Laboratory at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California, USA. He studies how optimization of the noradrenergic system can be used to mitigate cognitive deficits associated with Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Salehi was recognized as the best junior scientist in the Netherlands in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and has received World Technology Award in the field of Biotechnology. Dr. Salehi is the Clinical Editor of Basic & Clinical Neuroscience and among his numerous articles, 7 have been featured on the cover of high impact factor international journals.

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Stanford Medical School
Palo Alto, CA
USA

Dale Schenk
Elan Pharmaceuticals
San Francisco, CA
USA

Warren Strittmatter
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
USA

Gopal Thinakaran
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
USA

Annalena Venneri (Biography
Annalena Venneri

Dr. Venneri is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Sheffield and Honorary Consultant at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. From 2014 she is also the Scientific Director of the IRCCS Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo, a neurorehabilitation research hospital in Venice, Italy. Her research interests are in early and differential diagnosis of dementia, in the evaluation of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer´s disease with neuroimaging techniques. She is a member of the editorial board of several neuroscience journals. She has published extensively in high impact neuropsychology, neurology and neuroscience journals.

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University of Sheffield
Sheffield, S10 2RX
UK

Shirley S. Yan (Biography
Shirley S. Yan

Dr. Yan completed her Postdoctoral training at the Physicians & Surgeons College of Columbia University in New York. Dr. Yan was a Professor of the Physicians & Surgeons College of Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Yan is a Howard Mossberg Distinguished Professor at University of Kansas. Her research focused on elucidating the cellular and molecular basis of mitochondrial and neuronal degeneration and devising therapeutic strategies to hamper the processes that cause neuronal death. She has published more than 140 scientific publications. Dr. Yan serves on the editorial boards on the scientific Journal and has been a keynote speaker at multiple international professional scientific meetings.

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University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
USA

Claudio Babiloni
University of Rome Sapienza
Rome
Italy

Ashley I. Bush (Biography
Ashley I. Bush

Dr. Bush, serves as Head of the Oxidation Disorders Laboratory for the Mental Health Research Institute, University of Melbourne. Dr. Bush has authored over 240 publications, with over 17,000 citations, 21 patents and founded 3 biotechnology companies. Dr. Bush is the recipient of several awards including the Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s disease research from the American Academy of Neurology, the Paul B. Beeson Award in Aging from The National Institute on Aging and the American Federation for Aging Research and the Senator Mark A. Hatfield Award for Clinical Research from the Alzheimer’s Association. He is Board Certified Psychiatrist. He earned a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, and did postdoctoral research at Harvard.

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University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC
Australia

Shengdi Chen (Biography
Shengdi Chen

Dr. Shengdi Chen obtained M.D. and Ph.D. in Neurology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen is currently a Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology and Institute of Neurology, Ruijin Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China. His main interests are the studies of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. He has published more than 600 scientific publications papers and received 29 awards in the Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease studies as well as 43 grant supports. Dr. Chen was the founding Editor (2012) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Translational Neurodegeneration journal, published by BioMed Central.

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Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine
Shanghai
China

Scott E. Counts (Biography
Scott E. Counts

Dr. Counts received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, concentrating in History and English. After working for several years as a chemist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University in 2000. He was appointed to an Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences at Rush in 2003. In 2013, Dr. Counts was recruited to Michigan State University as an Associate Professor of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine (primary) and Family Medicine (secondary) at the Grand Rapids campus. His research has been continuously funded since 1998 and he is an author of over 50 papers and book chapters on the molecular pathogenesis of AD. When not in the lab, Scott has enjoyed exploring Grand Rapids and western Michigan with his family.

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Michigan State University
Grand Rapids, MI
USA

Abraham Fisher
Israel Institute for Biology Research
Ness-Ziona
Israel

Ezio Giacobini (Biography
Ezio Giacobini

Ezio Giacobini is since July 1995 a professor associated with the Dept. of Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics, University of Geneva Medical School in Geneva, Switzerland and an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology, Psychiatry and Neurology at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, USA. He serves currently on the editorial board of seven international scientific journals and is the co-editor of a further four (Int. Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, Japanese Journal of Pharmacology, Int. Journal of Geriatric Psychopharmacology and the Journal of Neurotransmission). He was the vice-president of the European Soc. of Clinical Neuropharmacology (2000 – 2006). He received the LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ALZHEIMER’S DESEASE RESEARCH from the Alzheimer Association (USA) at the 8th Int. Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Stockholm, July 2002.

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University of Geneva Hospitals
Geneva
Switzerland

Christian Humpel
Medical University of Innsbruck
Innsbruck
Austria

Hong Jiang (Biography
Hong Jiang

Dr. Jiang obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Physiology from Qingdao University, China. Currently Dr. Jiang is a tenured Professor in Qingdao University School of Medicine. She was awarded Taishan Scholarship in 2015. She has published more than 60 scientific publications. She is the member of a council, the Chinese Neuroscience Society and Chinese Association for Physiological Sciences.

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Department of Physiology
Qingdao
P.R. China

Frank M. LaFerla (Biography
Frank M. LaFerla

LaFerla, Chancellor’s Professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior since 2011, joined UC Irvine in 1995 as an assistant professor in the then-named Department of Psychobiology. He was also founding director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. He holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. His research interests include the molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. He was the first to engineer mice that develop the cerebral plaques and tangles that characterize Alzheimer’s, providing researchers with a crucial “living laboratory” of the disease. LaFerla’s mice have made a huge impact on his work and on Alzheimer’s research around the world.

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University of California
Irvine, CA
USA

Daniel Michaelson (Biography
Daniel Michaelson

Daniel M. Michaelson is Professor of Neurobiology at Tel Aviv University. He graduated from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem with a BSc in Physics and mathematics in 1968 and obtained in PhD in Biophysics from UC Berekely in 1973 . His post doctoral training was in neurochemistry at the labortatory of Professor M.A. Raftery at CalTech where he studied the nictonic acetylcholine and it's functional reconstitution He joined the faculty of life science at el Aviv university in 1974 where his research first focused on neurotransmitter release. His current research focuses on AD and the mechanisms underlying the effects of APOE4 the most prevalent genetic risk factor of AD. He is the incumbent of the Lebach chair in molecular Neurodegenration.

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Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv
Israel

Elliott Mufson (Biography
Elliott Mufson

Elliot Mufson, PhD, is the director of the Alzheimer’s disease research laboratory at Barrow Neurological Institute. Dr. Mufson’s expertise includes Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disease. He is a member of the Society of Neuroscience, American Association of Anatomists, International Brain Research Organization and the International Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Mufson received his doctorate from Downstate Medical Center, New York, in biological psychology and he was a research fellow in neurology at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Mufson’s research includes trophic factors in aging and Alzheimer’s disease, central cholinergic systems in Alzheimer’s disease, and neuroanatomy of cortical and limbic areas in primate brain.

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Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, AZ
USA

Giulio Maria Pasinetti (Biography
Giulio Maria Pasinetti

Dr. Pasinetti, The Saunders Family Chair and Professor of Neurology, received an M.D. from the Milan University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the University of Milan. He is currently the Program Director of the NIH funded Mount Sinai Center for Molecular Integrative Neuroresilience and the Chief of the Brain Institute Center of Excellence for Novel Approaches to Neurodiagnostics and Neurotherapeutics. He received several academic awards including the prestigious Zenith and Temple awards from the Alzheimer's Association. He was awarded ''The Faculty Council Award'' for academic excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and "The Charles Dana Alliance for Brain Research Award" from Dana Foundation, recognizing productivity and worldwide leadership in his field of expertise, which further emphasizes his standing as an academic role model.

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY
USA

P.Hemachandra Reddy (Biography
P.Hemachandra Reddy

Prof. Reddy is Executive Director & Chief Scientific Officer, Garrison Institute on Aging Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry Adjunct Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. The focus of his research is on understanding the molecular and cellular bases of aging in age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Huntington. He is an associate/academic editor for eight journals, including the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, PLoS ONE, the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, BBA-Molecular Basis of Disease, Clinical Practice, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Parkinsonism, Journal of Neuroinfectious Disease and an editorial board member for more than 20 journals. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Mentor Appreciation Award from OHSU.

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Garrison Institute on Aging, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Lubbock, TX
USA

Kumar Sambamurti
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
USA

Hermona Soreq (Biography
Hermona Soreq

Hermona Soreq has a PhD in Biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science and is a founding member of the Edmond and Lily Safra Centre of Brain Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where she holds a Slesinger Chair of Molecular Neuroscience. Her major research interests are focused on the cholinergic signalling system and its molecular brain and body regulators, in particular microRNAs.

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Science Faculty
Jerusalem
Israel

Juan Manuel Górriz Sáez (Biography
Juan Manuel Górriz Sáez

Juan Manuel Górriz received the BSc. degrees in Physics and Electronic Engineering from the University of Granada (Spain) in 2000. He then earned the Ph.D. degrees from the Universities of Cádiz and Granada in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He is actually head of the Signal processing and Biomedical Applications (SiPBA) group and a full Professor with the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the University of Granada. He has coauthored more than 300 technical journals and conference papers, has served as editor and reviewer of several journals and conference proceedings and has been awarded numerous honors including the Spanish National Academy of Engineering Medal. His present interests lie in the field of statistical signal processing in biomedical applications, i.e. the detection of AD,MCI patterns using imaging technologies.

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University of Granada
Granada
Spain

Frederick W. Unverzagt (Biography
Frederick W. Unverzagt

Dr. Unverzagt is Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine where he is Training Director for the Clinical Neuropsychology Residency. He serves on the editorial board of Neuropsychology, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and Current Alzheimer Research. He served as President of the Indiana Psychological Association, Treasurer for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and board member for the Association of Post-doctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 40) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology and recipient of the Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award, the Gordon A. Barrows Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Indiana (Indiana Psychological Association), Janet E. Rafferty Scientist-Practitioner Award (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale), and Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale).

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Indiana University, School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN
USA

Douglas Walker (Biography
Douglas Walker

Dr. Walker, received his undergraduate education at Brunel University (U.K.) and PhD in pathology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He spent 12 years working with Drs. Patrick and Edith McGeer, pioneers of neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), as a research professor. He has held a position at the Sun Health Research Institute since 1998, currently as senior scientist and laboratory director of the Laboratory of Neuroinflammation. His research interests are in the role of inflammation as pathogenic mechanisms for AD and PD. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation and state and local agencies.

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Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
USA

Nasser H. Zawia
University of Rhodes Island
Kingston, RI
USA

Steven W. Barger (Biography
Steven W. Barger

Dr. Barger received a B.A. and the Spessard Award for Biology from Hendrix College and then obtained a Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky, he became the first recipient of the Inglewood Fellowship for Alzheimer's research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where is currently Professor in three departments: Geriatrics, Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences, and Internal Medicine. Since 1996, he has been jointly appointed at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Barger has published extensively in the field of neuroscience and neurological disease and has been funded nearly continuously by one or more grants from the National Institutes of Health since 1994. He is active on the editorial boards of five scientific journals. He is also an instructor and a research advisor for graduate students, including serving as course director for “The Basic Biology of Aging.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
USA

Giuseppina Cantarella (Biography
Giuseppina Cantarella

Dr. Cantarella obtained her MD degree from the University of Catania Medical School, and her Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Immunopharmacology from the University of Palermo, Italy. She held positions as Visiting Fellow and Visiting Scientist at The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, working with Professor Wallach on the discovery of novel proteins of TNF signaling pathway. Dr. Cantarella was thereafter appointed as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Catania Medical School and rapidly rose through the Academic ranks until appointed as Associate Professor of Pharmacology. Her research focuses on the role of neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative disorders.

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DBCM, Sezione di Farmacologia
Catania
Italy

Jurgen A.H.R. Claassen (Biography
Jurgen A.H.R. Claassen

Dr. Claassen obtained his MD and PhD in Medicine from Radboud University, the Netherlands. He is a board certified geriatrician, and associate professor at the Radboud University Medical Center. He is also appointed as Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute. His research interests are cerebral hemodynamic regulation in aging and Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, and syncope. Dr .Claassen has published over 100 scientific publications.

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Radboud University Medical Center
Nijmegen
The Netherlands

A. Claudio Cuello (Biography
A. Claudio Cuello

Prof. Cuello has been trained at the Universities of Buenos Aires U. C. San Francisco and Cambridge. He held research and academic positions in the Department of Cell Biology at UBA and in the Department of Pharmacology at both Cambridge and Oxford. He is a past Chair of the McGill Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and presently holds the Charles E. Frosst Merck Chair within the same Department. He is also currently an Associate Member of the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, adjunct Professor of the Scripps Institute (LaJolla) and Visiting Professor at Oxford University. Dr Cuello’s lab is interested in degenerative and regenerative processes in the CNS with particular emphasis on aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) related studies.

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McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Robert Friedland (Biography
Robert Friedland

Dr. Friedland (MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, 1973) completed a fellowship in brain aging and dementia at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and worked as Chief Neurologist at the Donner Laboratory, University of California Berkeley. His work has focused on multidisciplinary approaches to neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Friedland sees patients with a focus on cognitive/behavioral/geriatric neurology. He is interested in preventive medicine and has been involve in research studies in the Middle East, Africa and Japan. He has authored or coauthored over 200 scientific publications in refereed journals and his work has been cited over 10,000 times. His current approach to the mechanisms of initiation of neurodegeneration developed from a longstanding interest in the biology of brain aging.

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University of Louisville, School of Medicine
Louisville, KY
USA

Yian Gu (Biography
Yian Gu

Dr. Yian Gu obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Epidemiology from New York University, New York. During her postdoctoral training at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain, Columbia University, she applied nutritional epidemiology to understand the role of dietary factor in Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline in the elderly, as well as many other neurodegenerative diseases. Currently Dr. Gu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Columbia University, New York. She has published more than 50 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

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Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain
New York, NY 10032
USA

Nibaldo C. Inestrosa (Biography
Nibaldo C. Inestrosa

Dr. Nibaldo C. Inestrosa is Full Professor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Director of the Center for Aging and Regeneration (CARE) focused on the study of innovative therapeutic approaches to fight Alzheimer´s Disease and related chronic disorders. Dr. Inestrosa is an expert on the field of Neurobiology with a special interest on Neurodegenerative Diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and its relationship with the Wnt Signaling Pathway. He is also Director of the Center for Cell Regulation and Pathology (CRCP) FONDAP-Biomedicine. He is author of around 170 scientific publications in prestigious scientific journals and directed 16 PhD thesis and 18 undergraduate thesis. His work has been cited on scientific works nearly 4500 times.

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Catholic University of Chile
Santiago
Chile

Rajesh Kalaria (Biography
Rajesh Kalaria

Professor Kalaria is the lead organiser of the Symposium. He has acted in a similar capacity for Symposia held in 2001, 2007 and 2012. Prof Kalaria is also the liaison officer between the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) and World Federation of Neurology (WFN). He has an international reputation for work on dementia and was instrumental in developing the ‘vascular hypothesis of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease’ and on risk factors of VaD and AD in indigenous populations of developing countries. Most recently, he worked with the Fogarty International Centre to produce (as co-Editor) a series of review articles in the Nature Supplement on Brain Disorders Across the Life Span (Silberberg et al., 2015).

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Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
UK

Hyoung-gon Lee
Case Western Reserve
Cleveland, OH
USA

Paula I. Moreira (Biography
Paula I. Moreira

Dr. Moreira (PhD) is a Researcher at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Coimbra in 2007. Moreira is editor for several journals including Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Frontiers in Dementia, The Open Neurology Journal, The Open Pathology Journal and Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry. Her research interest involves elucidating the role of mitochondrial-signaling pathways in neuronal and endothelial dysfunction that occur in brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes-associated complications.

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University of Coimbra
Coimbra
Portugal

Agneta Nordberg (Biography
Agneta Nordberg

Dr Agneta Nordberg obtained her MD and PhD from the University of Uppsala, Uppsala , Sweden. Dr Nordberg is Professor in Clinical Neuroscienc at the Karolinska Institutet and Senior Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden. She has published over 450 scientific original articles and review and supervised over 25 PhD student and 24 post docs. She has obtained several prizes and awards incuding 2016 the Grand Silver Medal from Karolinska Institutet for outstanding research, 2014 Queen Silvia prize for outstanding Alzheimer research 2013, Wailet and Eric Forsgren prize for prominent Alzheimer research, 2006. AloisAlzheimer Award , 2004 Imaging Award Alzheimer Resarch (Alzheimer assoc USA), 2002 Life A chievement Award ,ADRD conference, 2002 The Swedish Society of Medicine , Inga Sandeborg Alzheimer prize. 2001LuigiAmaduccieaward in Alzheimer´s disease.

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Karolinska Institute
Huddinge
Sweden

Huntington Potter (Biography
Huntington Potter

Dr. Huntington Potter is Professor of Neurology, a member of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and Director of the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He studied, researched and taught for 30 years at Harvard University, and then designed and directed the Florida-wide Byrd Alzheimer’s Center & Research Institute. He is author of over 100 scientific articles, books and patents, is a Fellow of the AAAS and the National Academy of Inventors. His electron micrographs of DNA are on permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute.

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Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
Aurora, CO
USA

Jack T. Rogers (Biography
Jack T. Rogers

He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rogers’ laboratory studies iron metabolism and how it impacts on disease process such as anemia and Alzheimer's disease. His scientific focus has been to study the translational regulation of the mRNAs for the Alzheimer's Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) and the subunits of the iron storage protein ferritin. Dr. Rogers has several ongoing collaborative projects including examining whether iron and inflammation regulate ferritin gene expression and translation in liver cells (Dr. K Bridges, Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston) and how thyroid hormone and Thyroid-Releasing Hormone cooperatively increase ferritin gene expression in Pituitary cells (Dr. P. Leedman Univ. Perth Western Australia).

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Harvard Medical School, MGH
Charleston, MA 02129
USA

Andrew J. Saykin (Biography
Andrew J. Saykin

Dr. Saykin is the Director of the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center. He is the Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and also directs the Indiana University Center for Neuroimaging. He leads an NIH- and foundation-sponsored research program, which focuses on the use of brain imaging and genomic methods to study mechanisms of memory dysfunction and treatment response in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Current projects examine advanced imaging methods for early preclinical detection of Alzheimer's disease (NIA R01 AG19771), the neural basis of cancer chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes (NCI R01 CA101318), and alterations in brain activity and connectivity in schizophrenia (U54 EB005149).

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Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN
USA

Rosanna Squitti (Biography
Rosanna Squitti

Dr. Squitti, PhD, is the Head of the Laboratory of Biology, at the Fatebenefratelli Foundation – AFaR Division -, of the St John Calibita at Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome, Isola Tiberina, Italy. Dr. Squitti was born in Rome, Italy. She received her Master Degree (‘Laurea’) in Biology (25 May 1993) from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. In 2015 she became Research Director of IGEA Research Corporation, Miami, US. In 2016 she started collaborating with University of Miami, Florida, US as Voluntary Faculty Research Professor. In 2016 she was hired as senior researcher in Molecular Markers Laboratory, IRCCS Istituto Centro San Giovanni di Dio- Fatebenefratelli, Brescia, Italy. She has published more than 100 scientific publications and is a named inventor of 2 U.S patents.

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Department of Neuroscience
Rome
Italy

Jordan Tang
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, OK
USA

Robert Vassar
NWU Medical Center
Chicago, IL
USA

Bengt Winblad (Biography
Bengt Winblad

Professor Bengt Winblad, MD, PhD has been involved in the field of dementia research for many years. Since 1987, he is working in Stockholm, Sweden as Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Karolinska Institute and is co-heading the Clinical Trial Unit at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge. Professor Winblad was the first Director of the Alzheimer Research Center at Karolinska Institute. He is the Director of the Swedish Brain Power research network. Bengt Winblad’s research interests are experimental and clinical Alzheimer research with a translational approach and focus on early diagnosis and treatment. He was in 2009 ranked the world’s most prolific researcher in the Alzheimer field (J Alzheimer’s Disease 2009).

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Karolinska Institute
Stockholm
Sweden


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School of Pharmacy,Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Hanpu Science & Technology Park
Changsha, Hunan
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