Helen & Robert Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute

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New faculty join the Appel Alzheimer's Disease Research Institute!

Dr. Adam Orr

Dr. Adam L. Orr has joined the Helen and Robert Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute and the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Research in Neuroscience. Adam has a long-standing interest in understanding the essential roles of mitochondria in normal and diseased brain. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University under the guidance of Dr. Xiao-Jiang Li, where he studied mitochondrial transport in Huntington’s disease. He then trained with Dr. Martin Brand at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging where he explored the mechanisms of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production and discovered novel small molecules that selectively block this production without interfering with other mitochondrial functions. Adam most recently worked at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in the labs of Drs. Ken Nakamura and Robert Mahley and in close collaboration with two start-up companies to therapeutically correct mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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