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
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Clemens Scherzer is a physician-scientist and the Founder and Director of the Center for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease Research of APDA, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard. He is also the Director of the Precision Neurology Program of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and 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 users, 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). This ParkinsonDiscovery Engine is powered by massive genome, biology, and health data. 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 was nominated to the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, the Parkinson Research Vision Setting Panel of the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Editorial Boards of Neurogenetics and Biomarkers in Medicine.


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