Our Eleventh UP Speaker is…

The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Dr. Gregory Petsko, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Petsko graduated Summa cum Laude from Princeton University in 1970 and received his D. Phil. as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University in Molecular Biophysics in 1973. He was Professor of Chemistry at MIT from 1978 to 1990, when he moved to Brandeis University, where from 1994 to 2008 he served as Director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center and from 1996 to 2012 was Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry.

Dr. Petsko’s groundbreaking research is focused on proteins of the body and their biochemical functions. He and his research partner, Professor Dagmar Ringe of Brandeis, have pioneered discoveries in how these proteins work and are related to the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, including Autism, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Based on our aging American population and the effect of this mass population shift, Dr. Petsko understands the necessity for making strides with these complicated diseases. By 2050, not only will Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have a staggering effect on the rising cost of health care – to the tune of about a trillion dollars a year – but also one out of two people will either have or will care for someone who has one of these diseases. Understandably, the time for more research, treatment, and prevention is now.

To learn more about Dr. Petsko and the strides he’s making into the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, sign UP today.

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