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UCSF Neurologist's Mad Cow Discovery Improves Understanding of Degenerative Brain Diseases


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President Barack Obama presents a National Medal of Science to Stanley B. Prusiner at the White House on November 17, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama presents a National Medal of Science to Stanley B. Prusiner at the White House on November 17, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

In 1997, UCSF neurologist Stanley Prusiner won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of infectious proteins called "prions" that cause mad cow disease. That revelation has led to an increased understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS. We talk with Stanley Prusiner about the future of brain disease research and his new book, "Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions -- A New Biological Principle of Disease."

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Stanley Prusiner, director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and professor of neurology at UCSF; and author of "Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions -- A New Biological Principle of Disease"

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