Lary C. Walker, PhD, received his doctorate from Tulane University. Research in his lab is focused on understanding the origins of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Walker is particularly interested in the characteristics of Alzheimer-associated proteins in the brains of humans and nonhuman primates and why only humans are susceptible to AD. Dr. Walker and his lab team are also interested in how aging affects the cerebral vascular system and how these changes contribute to age-associated cognitive decline.
In the May 6, 2013 issue of Scientific American, Dr. Walker and his colleague Mathias Jucker write about a chain reaction of toxic proteins that may help explain Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other diseases. This insight has potential for leading to desperately needed new treatments.
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