Director, Institute for Cell Engineering
Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Professor in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Ted Dawson focuses on movement disorders with many advances in the neurobiology of disease have stemmed from Dr. Dawson’s identification of the mechanisms of neuronal cell death and the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He pioneered the role of nitric oxide in neuronal injury in stroke and excitotoxicity and elucidated the molecular mechanisms by which nitric oxide and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase kills neurons. His studies of nitric oxide led to major insights into the neurotransmitter functions of this gaseous messenger molecule. His laboratory has made important discoveries on how neurons die in genetic and sporadic models of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Dawson’s discoveries are enabling clinical strategies for disease modifying therapies for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease as well as other neurodegenerative disorders.
Dr. Ted Dawson received his medical degree and Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He then completed an internship in medicine at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals before going to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for a neurology residency. Next, he came to The Johns Hopkins where he completed a fellowship in neuroscience and senior clinical fellowship in movement disorders. Dr. Dawson’s honors include the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award, the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar Award, and the Santiago Grisolia Medal and a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award. He was elected to the Association of American Physicians and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.