The award-winning physician explains his journey from pariah to prophet and discusses a possible breakthrough for understanding Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner's contributions to scientific research have been recognized internationally with numerous awards, including the prestigious Nobel Prize. His discovery of what he coined "prions"—infectious proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases in animals and humans—was once considered heresy, but now stands as accepted science and the basis for developing diagnoses and eventual cures. A neurology professor and director of the UC San Francisco Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Prusiner is editor of 12 books and author of more than 350 research articles. He also holds 50 issued or allowed U.S. patents, all of which are assigned to the University of California.