Leading Alzheimer’s researcher joins Sanford Burnham Prebys

A top brain researcher has joined Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, bringing with him groundbreaking work on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease and a team of 25 researchers. Dr. Jerold Chun will start at Sanford Burnham Prebys on Dec. 15. He comes from The Scripps Research Institute, where he has been a professor since 2003. Chun will be professor and senior vice president of SBP’s neuroscience drug discovery operations. Chun specializes in mosaicism, the genetic differences in cells in the body, once assumed to be mostly genetically identical. A 2015 study led by Chun found that neurons in brains of Alzheimer’s patients had significantly more genetic variation than normal brains, including extra copies of a gene linked to the disease. The hire is a coup for SBP, said Dr. Paul Aisen, another Alzheimer’s expert…

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