Dr. Tuszynski received his undergraduate and M.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, clinical training in neurology at Cornell University Medical Center / The New York Hospital, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California-San Diego. He is currently Professor and Founding Director of the Translational Neuroscience Institute at the University of California-San Diego.
Dr. Tuszynski's research focuses on the role of growth factors and stem cells on cell survival, plasticity and regeneration in the adult central nervous system. He actively researches the topics of Alzheimer's disease, aging, cellular mechanisms of normal memory, and spinal cord injury. In 2001 he began the first human clinical trial of gene therapy to treat an adult human neurodegenerative disease, testing the effects of nerve growth factor gene delivery in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. He has won 14 national awards for neurodegeneration research, and is the author of over 170 scientific and medical publications.
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