Mourning the Loss of Pioneering Neurodegenerative Disease Researcher John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD
The following statement was issued today by BrightFocus Foundation President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller:
BrightFocus Foundation joins our Alzheimer’s research colleagues around the world in paying tribute to a true giant in our profession who passed away this week, renowned neurodegenerative disease expert John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania.
John was a true pioneer in Alzheimer’s research and degenerative diseases more broadly. With his partner in life and research, Virginia M.Y. Lee, PhD, he made seminal discoveries that have had an immense impact on the field of neuroscience, and he is fondly remembered for sharing his expertise widely with colleagues. Across the globe, you will find a vast array of talented scientists who were mentored and befriended by John.
At BrightFocus we were fortunate to work with John as a volunteer and former member of our scientific review committee for Alzheimer’s, where he helped identify and support promising researchers and their high-risk, high-reward projects. He recently served as mentor for one of our post-doctoral fellowship recipients. Through a well-written article for BrightFocus, John shared with our community his latest research on TDP-43 and LATE, groundbreaking new work on cognitive and behavioral impairment in the elderly.
On behalf of BrightFocus Foundation, I extend our deepest sympathy to Dr. Trojanowski’s family, his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, and the broad constellation of scientists whose discoveries he helped nurture and guide. At this time of great loss for Alzheimer’s research, we find comfort and solace in his vast legacy which will carry on for generations.
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