Benjamin Drukarch, M.S., M.D., Ph.D., works as an Associate Professor and head of the Cellular Neurosciences Group of the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences of the VU University Medical Center (VUMC) since 2006. He started his scientific career in 1985 as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Department of Internal Medicine of the VUMC focusing on the development of new drug treatments for diabetic neuropathy. In 1987, he switched to the Department of Neurology of the VUMC until 1991 as a Ph.D. Student investigating dopamine receptor coupled signal transduction mechanisms. Then a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry of the Valerius clinic in Amsterdam followed, where he studied the neuroinflammatory response in Alzheimer's disease, before returning to the Department of Neurology of the VUMC to become a Tenured Assistant Professor working on the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. In 2000, he was promoted to the position of an Associate Professor and moved to the Department of Medical Pharmacology of the VUMC to become the Head of the Neuropharmacology Group. His research interests broadened to include the investigation of the role of neuroinflammatory factors and protein misfolding in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, in particular Parkinson's disease.
Biography Updated on 12 January 2011