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Dr. Richard Mayeux Named Neurologist-in-Chief

Leader in Alzheimer's disease research; effects of Gulf War

New York (Mar 21, 2011)

Richard P. Mayeux, M.D., M.Sc.
Richard P. Mayeux, M.D., M.Sc.

Richard P. Mayeux, M.D., M.Sc., has been named the new Neurologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and the Chair of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Since joining the faculty in 1978, Dr. Mayeux's research has led to a greater understanding of the genetic basis and epidemiology of Alzheimer's and other neuro-degenerative diseases. Dr. Mayeux has led a federally supported, population-based investigation of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related disorders known as the Washington Heights-Inwood Community Aging Project for the past 22 years. This study uncovered the relationships between Alzheimer's disease and environmental and medical risk factors, the genotypic variability of apolipoprotein-e risk among different ethnic groups, and the relationship of alterations in lipid metabolism and risk of dementia. It also provided information on the rates and risk factors for these diseases among elderly from African-American, Caribbean-Hispanic and white populations. More recently he was one of the lead scientists in a multi-national effort that ultimately identified genetic variants in the SORL1 and SORCS1 as putative genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Mayeux also served as a member of an Institute of Medicine committee that conducted in-depth reviews of the health effects of the Gulf War. His efforts included edited reports describing the effects of exposures to solvents and pesticides, fuels, combustion products and propellants and sarin. He was also the chair of the committee's report on the physiologic, psychologic and psychosocial effects of deployment stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Mayeux is currently the National Director of the National Institute on Aging Family Study of Alzheimer's Disease and one of the leading investigators in the National Institute on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Consortium. He is also the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Epidemiology; Director of the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, a center devoted to the epidemiological investigation of neurological diseases; and Co-Director of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's disease and the Aging Brain at NewYork-Presbyetrian.

Dr. Mayeux takes stewardship of the Department of Neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia from Tim Pedley, M.D.

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