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Rudolph Tanzi

Harvard University
Neurology Professor
World-renowned in the fields of neuroscience and genetics, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. . Dr. Tanzi is considered a visionary scientist and great communicator. He is a New York Time best selling author of several popular science books including the national best sellers, “Super Brain” and “Super Genes” co-authored with Dr. Deepak Chopra. He has appeared on numerous television programs, radio programs, and films including shows on NPR and PBS, CBS This Morning, and Dr. Oz, among many others. He has also hosted two of his own television shows on PBS – “Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi” and “Super Genes with Dr. Tanzi”.

As an internationally acclaimed scientist, Dr. Tanzi has published over 500 research papers and has received the highest awards in his field, including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award, Potamkin Prize, Ronald Reagan Award, Silver Innovator Award, and many others. He was named to TIME magazine’s 2015 list of TIME100 Most Influential People in the World, and received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, the top national award for invention and innovation.

Dr. Tanzi received his B.S. (microbiology) and B.A. (history) at the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. (neurobiology) at Harvard Medical School. In his research achievements, Dr. Tanzi served on the team that was the first to find a disease gene using human genetic markers. He later co-discovered all three early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease genes and identified several others as leader of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project. He also co-discovered the Wilson’s disease gene and several other neurological disease genes. Most recently, he and his team used Alzheimer’s genes and human stem cells to create what the New York Times coined, “Alzheimer’s-in-a-Dish”. This is a three-dimensional human stem cell-derived neural culture system that is considered to be the first true model of Alzheimer’s disease, and has made drug screening for Alzheimer’s disease 10 times cheaper and 10 times faster. Dr. Tanzi has developed novel therapeutics for AD including gamma secretase modulators and metal chaperones (PBT; Prana) aimed at slowing or stopping Alzheimer’s pathology. Both have been entered into clinical trials for Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Tanzi is also very active in the areas of integrative medicine and applications to brain health. In this regard, along with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Tanzi co-directs the Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) aimed at exploring and quantifying the effects of lifestyle interventions on neuroplasticity and epigenetics.

Dr. Tanzi was named by GQ magazine as a “Rock Star of Science”, and in his spare time, has played keyboards with the band Aerosmith and their guitarist, Joe Perry. With singer, Chris Mann, he also composed the beautiful ballad, “Remember Me”, which honors Alzheimer’s patients, and is being used to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research at the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, for which, Dr. Tanzi serves as Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium.