Gemma Casadesus earned her Ph.D. degree in physiological psychology from Jean Meyer USDA, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Mass, USA, studying the effects of high antioxidant foods on cognitive aging and neuroplasticity. Her postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University focused on studying oxidative stress and hormonal influences on the development of AD. In 2007, Dr. Casadesus became a faculty member of the Department of Neurosciences and the Director of the CWRU Rodent Behavior. The focus of Dr. Casadesus research is to invstigate the pathological mechanism(s) underlying memory loss and dysfunction during normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Current projects are directed toward the study of the role of hormonal changes on memory dysfunction after menopause and development of AD with specific emphasis on gonadotropins and therapeutic strategies targeting these hormones and determining the interaction and chronology appearance of several early makers associated with the development and progression of AD using a mouse model of accelerated aging. Dr. Casadesus has authored over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and commentaries and is a Member of the IBNS, SFN, and AGE.
Biography Updated on 1 November 2009