Neurons were among the first cells to have evolved in multi-cellular organisms. Consequently, these cells are very hardy. So what causes neurons – particularly those in the brain – to die? This question and how it pertains to diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease is the research focus of the Jeitner Laboratory. In particular, we are exploring the possibility that we generate the toxins that destroy neurons in dying brain. These toxins include bleach and aggregated proteins. The latter are also known as plaques and tangles. Our research centers on both the mechanism by which these toxins form and strategies to detoxify the brain of these entities.
Dr. Jeitner received his doctorate from the University of Sydney and has subsequently held positions at various institutions in the US.