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Learn the emerging views on the role and function of Tau in neurons- including its recently suggested contributions to scaffolding and signaling.
Dr Akihiko Takashima is the Director of the Department of Aging Neurobiology at National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Obu, Japan. His work focuses on understanding the disease pathology of Alzheimer´s, in particular, with respect to the biochemistry and molecular mechanisms through which Tau contributes to neurodegeneration. His research also includes identification of targets and prototype drugs to block progression of AD.
Dr Takashima has worked at many leading research centers, including the NIH (USA) and RIKEN-Brain Science Institute (Japan). He has authored numerous research articles, as well as books, on brain aging, dementia and Alzheimer´s disease for the general public.
Dr Takashima serves as an editor or associate editor of multiple scientific journals, including Neurobiology of Aging, and the Journal of Alzheimer´s Disease.
Ioannis (John) Sotiropoulos
Dr Ioannis (John) Sotiropoulos is a Young Team Leader at the ICVS Institute of the University of Minho Medical School in Portugal. His research work focuses on understanding the orchestrating role of environmental risk factors, such as stress, on the onset of Alzheimer´s disease, with specific focus on the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and depression- a stress-related disorder.
Dr Sotiropoulos has molecular and behavioral expertise in Tau protein. He has previously trained and worked at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (Germany), RIKEN-BSI (Japan), MRC Center for Synaptic Plasticity (UK), and Medical School of Athens (Greece).
He has received several prizes and award, such as the Hirlinga Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation AD/PD 2015 Young Faculty Award & European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Fellowship Award. He also frequently reviews articles for journals such as BMC Molecular Neurodegeneration and Neurobiology of Aging.