Director, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of California, San Francisco, California
Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry, University of California San Francisco, California
- Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997
- Recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1994
- Recipient of the United States Presidential National Medal of Science
- Member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society
- Foreign member of the Royal Society, London
Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and a Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
Dr. Prusiner received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 and the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1994 for his pioneering work discovering prions, a new class of transmissible proteins that trigger protein misfolding in the brain to cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Dr. Prusiner discovered ‘prions’ and the concept of transmissible protein misfolding as the cause of diseases, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. His seminal discovery that amyloid also exhibits prion-like properties led to the association of prions with other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Dr. Prusiner’s contributions to scientific research have received widespread international recognition with the receipt of numerous prestigious awards and prizes, including the United States Presidential National Medal of Science. He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign member of the Royal Society, London.
Dr. Prusiner received a BA in Chemistry and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his neurology residency training at UCSF following military service as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health. He joined the UCSF faculty in 1974. Dr. Prusiner is the author of more than 500 scientific research and 300 review articles, and editor of 11 books on diseases caused by prions. He holds 50 issued or allowed United States patents.