February 25, 1998
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Purdy
PHONE: (410) 955-8725
Sangram Sisodia, Ph.D., professor of pathology and neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named one of two winners of the Metropolitan Life Foundation's Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease.
Sisodia will receive a $200,000 research grant for Hopkins and a $50,000 personal award at award ceremonies in Washington today.
Last year Sisodia won the American Academy of Neurology's Potamkin Prize, given for research in Alzheimer's and other diseases.
He studies the activity of a number of proteins implicated in Alzheimer's disease, and how mutations and other malfunctions in the proteins may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's. With colleagues in the neuropathology department at Hopkins, he has helped create lines of mice genetically engineered to carry human versions of these proteins. The models should aid efforts to understand the disease and test new treatments for it.
For more information, see the attached release from the Metropolitan Life Foundation. To arrange interviews with Sisodia, contact me.