Craig S. Atwood

University of Wisconsin, USA

Craig S. Atwood obtained a graduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia. He undertook postdoctoral positions at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Md, USA and in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, Mass, USA, where he became an Instructor of neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Biochemist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass, USA. Afterwards, he joined the Department of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA as an Assistant Professor before moving to the Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis, USA. There he serves as an Associate Professor of medicine and Research Director of both the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute and UW Comprehensive Memory Program. Dr. Atwood has researched extensively in the area of endocrinology as it relates to aging, and his extensive research in this area led to the development of a new theory of aging—The Reproductive-Cell Cycle Theory of Aging (Bowen and Atwood, 2004; Gerontology). This theory is the premise behind research in his laboratory, which involves understanding aging at all phases of life, that is, during development, adulthood, and senescence (and associated diseases). Using human embryonic stem cells, his laboratory has discovered the hormonal pathways that drive early embryogenesis, including the hormones responsible for blastulation and neurulation (Gallego et al., 2009, Stem Cells and Development; Porayette et al., 2009, JBC). He has published over 200 articles on his research, sits on numerous review boards including NIH and VA study sections, and is an Editor of 13 journals including the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Current Alzheimer Research. In 2006, he received a Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Biography Updated on 17 March 2011

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