My father is probably the biggest reason that I got interested in science. When I was a child, he was an entrepreneur and created a business as a distributor of laboratory and medical supplies. He sold the supplies to local hospitals and universities in the city where I grew up. So naturally, most of my childhood toys were test tubes, microscopes, dissection kits, and other fun things that helped me look at the world around me in a different way. Because of him, I knew how to use scientific tools before I knew how to read and write.
About The Taube/Koret Center
The goal of the Taube-Koret Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (TKC) is to establish a translational research and development center that will undertake an ambitious task of preventing, treating, and curing neurodegenerative diseases; such as Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia. The center aims to achieve this goal with innovative programs that targets a critical gap between the discovery of putative targets, which typically occurs in academia, and the development of safe and effective drugs, which require the resources and expertise of industry. The TKC research program will consist of a target validation and drug development program and a target/drug discovery program. Both will benefit from access to experienced individuals with extensive industrial and drug development expertise and to highly experienced Contract Research Organization (CRO) providers.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) involves the progressive loss of memory and the ability to think. It robs us of all of those things (e.g., personality, memories) that make us human. In the end, it is invariably death. Tragically, although AD was first described over 100 years ago, no effective treatments are available.
As a child, I remember looking up into the night sky and wondering how it all fit together. I also remember visiting the Natural History Museum in London and grilling my father about why the dinosaurs went extinct. As an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford University, I studied biology. Animal behavior intrigued me for a time, but molecular biology and genetics won out in the end. I benefited greatly from the encouragement of one of my tutors, David Roberts, and a professor, Jane Langdale, in whose lab I learned how to do experiments properly.