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Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
2/9/2023 - 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
“Identifying novel glial therapeutic targets in Parkinson’s disease”

Abby Olsen, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor Neurology
University of Pittsburgh

There are no disease-modifying therapies for Parkinson’s disease, and glial cells have been overlooked as a source of potential therapeutic targets. Dr. Olsen will discuss efforts to better understand the genetic contribution of glia to Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis. These efforts rely heavily on a Drosophila model of Parkinson’s disease that can be used to understand the mechanism of known risk genes in glia and also to identify novel glial genes that contribute to pathogenesis. 

Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
1395 Conference Room
203 Lothrop St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Melanie Hoffner

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