San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
National Youth Science Camp Alumnus of the Year - 2015
Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi was a 1976 delegate to the National Youth Science Camp representing Rhode Island. He is now the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Tanzi directs the Alzheimer’s Genome Project and over the past three decades discovered many of the genes responsible for Alzheimer’s disease genes and other neurological disease genes including that responsible for Wilson’s disease. He also developing several novel therapies for Alzheimer’s, two of which are in clinical trials in patients.
Dr. Tanzi has co-authored over 460 research articles, including three of the top ten most cited AD papers and contributes regularly to Huffington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. He also co-authored the popular trade books “Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease” and New York Times Bestseller, “Super Brain” with Dr. Deepak Chopra. Dr. Tanzi also hosts the nationwide public television special, “Super Brain with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi” that explores new discoveries in neuroscience to maximize the potential of the human brain in practical and actionable ways.
Decoding Alzheimer’s Disease: From Genes to Therapy
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia affecting the elderly and is characterized by global cognitive decline in learning, memory, reasoning and judgment. Alzheimer’s disease is strongly influenced by both genetic factors and lifestyle. Certain rare gene mutations, e.g. in the APP, PSEN1 and PSEN2 genes guarantee onset of Alzheimer’s disease before 60 years old. Most cases of Alzheimer’s disease (>97%), however, involve genetic susceptibility factors that interplay with each other as well as environmental factors and lifestyle to determine life-long risk. Major lifestyle factors include diet, levels of exercise, intellectual stimulation and social engagement, stress levels and trauma, as well as sleep patterns.
In Dr. Tanzi’s presentation, the genetic and environmental factors contributing to risk for Alzheimer’s disease will be reviewed along with emerging therapeutic strategies for treating and preventing this devastating disease. In addition, the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the brain, mind, and consciousness will be considered. In particular, the question of how the concept of “self “can be further refined in view of the effects of Alzheimer’s on the brain and mind will be discussed. Further elucidation of the relationship between brain function, mind, consciousness, and the cosmos will also be presented based on the concepts put forward in Dr. Tanzi’s recent book “Super Brain,” as well as his new book (Nov. 2015), “Super Genes,” co-authored with Dr. Deepak Chopra.
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National Youth Science Foundation
The National Youth Science Foundation® (NYSF), Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983 to provide STEM*-focused programs for students from all across the country and around the world.
The NYSF’s flagship program, the National Youth Science Camp®, is a four week session in the mountains of West Virginia that combines some of the brightest students in the country with top-notch scientists for lectures and outdoor adventures. Many students return later in their own STEM careers as guest presenters and perpetuate the traditions of the camp.
The mission of the National Youth Science Foundation is to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related professions through its proven educational model for mentoring, challenging, and motivating students. By building communities among students, teachers, and professionals, NYSF programs complement, broaden, and enhance the traditional school curriculum leading to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related professions.
* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics