Amyloid Imaging: Effects of Genes and Advanced Age 


Amyloid Imaging: Effects of Genes and Advanced Age 

William Klunk, MD, PhD Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Levidow-Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Disorders, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Please join us as the University of Pittsburgh honors William Klunk, MD, PhD and we celebrate his appointment as the Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Levidow-Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Disorders.  

Dr. Klunk will deliver a Provost's Inaugural Lecture beginning at 4:00pm in Lecture Room 6 of Scaife Hall.  A special reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the lecture. Dr. Klunk is a pioneer in the field of in vivo amyloid imaging in humans.  His work spans from basic synthetic chemistry and neuropharmacological evaluation of amyloid imaging tracers to human positron emission tomography (PET) studies of these tracers.  His group’s paper on imaging the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, published in January 2004, is the most frequently cited research paper on this disease. Dr. Klunk also was a member of the Pitt team that invented the groundbreaking Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB). PiB is a radioactive compound that, when coupled with PET imaging, can be injected into the bloodstream to enable researchers to visualize the brains of people with the memory-stealing illness and see the location and distribution of the beta-amyloid plaque deposits associated with Alzheimer’s.

Location: Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6

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