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Alpha-Synuclein NEALS Presentation

On Wednesday, November 2th, Dr. Smith's abstract regarding alpha-synuclein seed-amplification was presented at the NEALS convention in Clearwater, Florida.

The presentation was given by one of the authors, Dr. Robert Bowser and the poster that was presented is below.

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The session entitled Guamanian ALS Parkinson's Dementia Complex was co-chaired by Dr. Richard Smith and his colleague Dr. Jeffery Kelly, co-chairman of the Department of Molecular Medicine at Scripps Research.


The following presentations were included in this session:

  • The Vanishing Incidence of ALS-PD on Guam: Current Implications (Ralph Garruto, PhD, Binghamton University)

  • From Guam to ALS Therapy (Paul Cox, PhD, Director of the Institute for Ethnomedicine)

  • The Emerging Role of Misfolded Synuclein Prions in Initiation and Progression of Neurodegenerative Diseases (Russ Lebovitz, MD, PhD, CEO of Amprion Inc.)

Click here to view the full Summit schedule.



Neurotherapeutics in the Era of Translational Medicine Speaker: Richard A. Smith, M.D.

Director, Center for Neurologic Study

La Jolla, California

Friday, November 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT


Event Link: https://houstonmethodist.webex.com/houstonmethodist/j.php?MTID=macfa79ed611475ed2194b23edfc383d9

  • Access code: 2530 124 9830

  • Meeting password: MaFEGCwm653

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