Dr. Benjamin Wolozin Receives Alzheimer’s Association Zenith Fellows Award

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December 4th, 2013

wolozin_2006From the Office of the Dean:

I am pleased to share that Benjamin Wolozin, MD, PhD, Professor, Pharmacology and Neurology, was awarded the Alzheimer’s Association Zenith Fellows Award.  Initiated in 1991, the award provides support for cutting edge basic science or biomedical research that addresses fundamental problems related to early detection, etiology pathogenesis, treatment and/or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The award is valued at $450,000, which will be dispersed over three years.

The Wolozin Lab won the award with its proposal “It Takes TIA to Tangle: The Role of RNA Binding Proteins in AD.” The laboratory already has discovered a RNA binding protein that induces tau misfolding, one of the essential steps that leads to cognitive loss in AD. This award will allow the Wolozin Lab to experimentally induce the misfolding, investigate the factors that regulate the misfolding and in the future, potentially design therapeutics to prevent the misfolding.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Wolozin on this award.

Karen Antman, MD
Provost, Boston University Medical Campus
Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine