Biography & Research:
Dr. Russell Swerdlow is a professor in the Departments of Neurology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He directs the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, its Neurodegenerative Disorders Program, and the Heartland Center for Mitochondrial Medicine. He received undergraduate and MD degrees from New York University and trained as a neurologist and Alzheimer’s specialist at the University of Virginia. He holds the Gene and Marge Sweeney Chair at the University of Kansas and is a recipient of an S. Weir Mitchell Award from the American Academy of Neurology, a Cotzias Award from the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, a Chancellor’s Club Research Award from the University of Kansas, a Dolph Simons Research Achievement Award in the Biomedical Sciences from the University of Kansas, and an Oskar Fischer Prize. From 2017-2021 he sat on the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors. Dr. Swerdlow’s research focuses on brain energy metabolism, its role in Alzheimer’s disease, and its therapeutic manipulation.