PANUC Researchers

newKaren_Edwards.jpgKaren Edwards, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Institute of Public Health Genetics

Dr. Edwards is a genetic epidemiologist with extensive experience in the design, collection, and statistical analyses of family data and case-control studies. Her primary work focuses on identifying quantitative phenotypes for complex diseases. Dr. Edwards is Director of the PANUC Data Management and Biostatistics Core. This Core will provide statistical and study design support through database development, statistical and methodological support, data analysis, and interpretation of results.

newThomas-Montine.jpgThomas J. Montine, M.D., Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Pathology; Professor, Departments of Pathology and Neurological Surgery; Alvord Endowed Chair in Neuropathology; Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology (OHSU)

Dr. Montine is a neuropathologist with research interests in the structural and molecular bases of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.  The goal of his work is to define key pathogenic steps and thereby identify new potential therapeutic targets through a combination of epidemiology-related neuropathology, biomarkers for clinical trials, and experimental studies. Dr. Montine is the Program Director of PANUC and the Project Leader of Project 2, entitled “Selective and Restricted Denervation in Parkinson’s Disease with Cognitive Impairment.”  This project will provide rationale for new evidence-based interventions for cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease beyond dopamine replacement strategies.

newRichardPalmitter.jpgRichard D. Palmiter, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry;
Adjunct Professor, Department of Genome Sciences

Dr. Palmiter has been studying the role of neurotransmitters in the development and function of the nervous system for over twenty years. Dr. Palmiter is the Project Leader of PANUC Project 1 entitled “Functional and Anatomical Analysis of Dopaminergic Projections That Mediate Cognition.” This project will endeavor to distinguish between the effects of loss of dopamine signaling and dopamine neuron degeneration on cognitive abilities.

clinic_210_Quinn_342cropped.jpgJoseph F. Quinn, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology (OHSU); Director, Northwest Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, & Clinical Center (PADRECC)

Dr. Quinn is a neurologist who specializes in neurodegenerative diseases associated with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. He is engaged in translational research aimed at developing new therapies for neurodegenerative dementias, with research activity ranging from animal models of neurodegeneration to biomarker studies to clinical trials. Dr. Quinn is the Director of the PANUC Clinical Core.

newCyrusZabetian.jpgCyrus P. Zabetian, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Dr. Zabetian is a neurologist who specializes in neurogenetics and Parkinson’s disease. He is the Director of the Parkinson’s Genetic Research Study (PaGeR) in Seattle and Co-Director of the Washington Parkinson’s Disease Registry (WPDR). Dr. Zabetian is Co-Director of the PANUC Genetics-Biomarker-Neuropathology Core and the Project Leader of PANUC Project 3, entitled “Genetic Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease.”  This project will endeavor to increase our understanding of the genetic processes that underlie cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease in order to identify new therapeutic targets to help prevent and better treat this disabling facet of Parkinson’s disease.

newJingZhang.jpgJing Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pathology; Shaw Endowed Chair in Neuropathology; Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability; Acting Director, UW Medicine Neuropathology

Dr. Zhang is a neuropathologist whose research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease development and progression,  including identifying unique biomarkers.  Dr. Zhang is Director of the PANUC Genetics-Biomarkers-Neuropathology Core. Biomarkers validated in the Core will be important in aiding in the diagnosis of cognitive impairment in patients with Parkinson’s disease as well as monitoring progression and evaluating effectiveness of therapeutics.  Dr. Zhang is also the Principal Investigator of a linked R01 that is focused on discovering biomarkers related to Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and progression, including development of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease patients.