Biography & Research:
Kalipada Pahan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Neurological Sciences, Biochemistry and Pharmacology and the Floyd A. Davis, M.D., Endowed Chair of Neurology at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is also a VA Scientist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Currently, he is engaged in translational biomedical research involving Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and Batten disease. Over the years, Pahan lab has identified and/or repurposed a number of drugs as possible therapeutics for these neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore, Pahan lab has also discovered many fundamental processes of neuroimmunology (e.g. crosstalk between fat and memory, discovery of a receptor of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, regulation of life and death of brain cells by nitric oxide and ceramide, physical interaction of immune cells with brain cells, switching of toxic brain cells into protective ones, etc). He has over 135 publications including research articles, reviews and book chapters.