Elan D. Louis

Yale University, USA

E. D. Louis has the M.D. and M.S. degrees. He works as a Professor of neurology and epidemiology and an Associate Chairman for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development (Neurology), College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. His principal academic interest is in degenerative diseases of the central nervous system, focusing on disorders of involuntary movement including their epidemiology, distribution within populations, genetic basis, etiology, and pathogenesis. Furthermore, he has a particular interest in essential tremor (ET), and his research efforts have focused on the familial aggregation of ET, the environmental epidemiology of ET, the role of lead, beta-carboline alkaloids and other neurotoxins in ET, and the pathological basis of ET. Dr. Louis currently leads the Essential Tremor Centralized Brain Repository at Columbia University, which is a centralized brain bank for the study of ET and has established a large DNA bank for patients with the disorder. Moreover, he collaborates with investigators in Spain, Turkey, and Mexico examining the epidemiology of ET in these populations and has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1995, as well as funding from the International Essential Tremor Foundation, the Charles A. Dana Foundation, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award from the American Federation for Aging Research. Dr. Louis is the author of over 220 peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to write editorials and reviews for Annals of Neurology, Movement Disorders, Archives of Neurology, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Lancet Neurology.

Biography Updated on 10 January 2011

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