April 12, 2005

"Prions: Invaders from Inner Space"

Stephen J. DeArmond, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology and Neurology
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Stephen DeArmond is internationally recognized for his 17-year collaboration with Dr. Stanley Prusiner. Dr. DeArmond's Neuropathology Research Laboratory at UCSF was a major contributor to the 1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Dr. Prusiner for the discovery of Prions - a new biological principle of infection believed to cause fatal brain diseases such as the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE ) or Mad Cow Disease in cattle. xHis on-going research includes the discovery of new prion disorders in transgenic mice, the study of the potential reversibility of prion inflicted damage, and the development of new techniques for the diagnosis of human prion diseases.