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Please join us on Tuesday, October 6, for an exclusive introduction to Dr. Michael Henderson, who joined VAI this summer as an assistant professor in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science. Dr. Henderson investigates the causes of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia with Lewy bodies, and the factors that control disease progression. He hopes to translate his findings into new therapies that slow or stop this progression.
This informative presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Grab a cup of coffee, and join the virtual conversation!
Michael Henderson is a neuroscientist whose focus is on the impact of protein pathologies and genetic risk factors on the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. He earned his B.Sc. in biological science from Florida State, followed by his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University. He conducted his doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Sreeganga Chandra, and moved to the University of Pennsylvania for his postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research with Drs. Virginia Lee and John Trojanowski. In 2020, Dr. Henderson joined Van Andel Institute’s Center for Neurodegenerative Science as an assistant professor.
Dr. Henderson has made several seminal contributions to neurodegenerative disease research, including the identification of palmitoyl-protein thioesterase 1 as a protein aggregate in adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, the demonstration that α-synuclein pathology spreads through anatomical connectivity in the brain, and the demonstration that glucocerebrosidase acts as a modulator of α-synuclein pathogenesis.
He has received several awards and honors, including the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for predoctoral research.