Giselle M. Petzinger

University of Southern California, USA

Giselle Petzinger works as an Assistant Professor and Movement Disorders Specialist at University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA. She completed her Medical degree at USC, neurology residency at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, and Movement Disorders Fellowship at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. She divides her time between her Parkinson’s disease clinic and basic research laboratory. Her research investigates repair mechanisms of the aging and diseased brain. Her basic research experience is in understanding behavioral and molecular changes in the basal ganglia that accompany dopamine depletion as well as mechanisms involved in neuroplasticity of the circuitry of the basal ganglia that may be influenced by drugs as well as environment and exercise. Her studies involve utilizing neurotoxin models (including MPTP, 3NP, and 6-OHDA) in rodents and nonhuman primates. She is also involved in clinical trials that specifically examine the effects of intensive exercise in the aging brain. Her primary interest lies in translational neuroscience and experimental therapeutics of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders and mental disorders. She is interested in bridging the gap between the basic research laboratory and the clinic.

Biography Updated on 9 January 2013

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