From the Institute for Public Health…
Congratulations to the 2014 Kopolow and Friedman Awardees
The Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital presented the 2014 Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award to Erik Musiek, MD, PhD and the Dorismae and Harvey A. Friedman Awards to Jennifer Phillips and Myrtis Elizabeth Smith Spencer at the 14th Annual Friedman Lecture on May 8.
The Alene & Meyer Kopolow award recognizes stellar contributions to the care of older adults by a resident, post-residency fellow, or junior faculty member in neurology, psychiatry, medicine, or related disciplines.
Erik S. Musiek, MD, PhD, is assistant professor of neurology in the School of Medicine. He sees patients with cognitive disorders in Memory Disorder Clinic, works on clinical studies through the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and performs laboratory research on the molecular basis of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease, using animal and cellular models.
Dr. Musiek’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, with a special interest in oxidative stress. He is especially interested in role of circadian clock genes in the regulation of brain oxidative stress, bioenergetics, and neurodegeneration. A second project examines how certain proteins which are associated with neurodegenerative disease modulate oxidative stress responses in the brain. Ongoing studies seek to understand the similarities between familial and sporadic Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as to employ brain imaging techniques to study the relationship between brain amyloid deposition, neuronal oxidative damage, and dementia in living patients.
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