The Lancet  Neurology Autoimmune Disorder Conference


Stuart Lipton, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, and University of California, San Diego, USA

Neurologist and neuroscientist Stuart Lipton MD PhD, is a renowned expert in dementia, running a large basic-science laboratory and an active clinical neurology practice at the University of California, San Diego. Educated at three Ivy League universities (Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard), Dr Lipton completed scientific training as a postdoctoral fellow with Torsten Wiesel when Wiesel won the Nobel Prize. Dr Lipton then spent 25 years on the faculty at Harvard before moving to La Jolla 14 years ago as founding director of a new neuroscience centre. He is best known for discovering the mechanism of action and contributing to the clinical development of the latest FDA-approved treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (memantine/Namenda®, an uncompetitive antagonist at the NMDA receptor). Lipton and collaborator Jonathan Stamler discovered the chemical reaction termed S-nitrosylation as a ubiquitous redox-regulator of protein function, and have recently combined memantine with S-nitrosylation technology to produce a new drug, NitroMemantine, that displays disease-modifying activity in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease. Lipton’s group also discovered the NR3 family of modulatory NMDA receptor subunits, characterised the molecular pathways for protecting neurons with erythropoietin, and discovered the transcription factor MEF2C. Recently, his group showed MEF2C is regulated by nitrosylation and serves as a master switch for neurogenesis from human neural stem cells. Dysregulaed MEF2C is involved in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders, vascular dementia, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Lipton is a recipient of the Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine, is an elected a fellow of the AAAS, and a recent awardee of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association.

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