Clemens Scherzer, M.D.

Founding Director, APDA Center for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease Research of Brigham Health and Harvard Director, Precision Neurology Program of Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Clemens Scherzer is a physician-scientist and Founding Director of the APDA Center for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease Research of Brigham Health and Harvard. He is the Director of the Precision Neurology Program of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Scherzer uses genomes, big data, and deep cohorts to develop a predictive and proactive health care for Parkinson’s and neurologic diseases. His interdisciplinary lab includes computer scientists, biologists, and clinicians. In analogy to how a search engine targets advertisements to a user, the lab’s goal is to match drugs and tests to a patient based on a search of his entire disease biology (Science Translational Medicine, 2010; Science, 2017). To predict how the human genome codes brain cells in health and disease, Scherzer is establishing a Brain Cell Encyclopedia of transcribed elements in human brains (Nature Neuroscience, 2018).

Scherzer received the Dr. Paul Beeson and the George C. Cotzias Memorial Awards, and is on the Boards of the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, Neurogenetics and Biomarkers in Medicine.


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