Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D.
|Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D.|
NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 23 researchers who will be honored at an April 6 ceremony for UNMC's 2009 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.
- Name: Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D.
- Title: Professor on pharmacology and experimental neuroscience
- Joined UNMC: 1999
- Hometown: Tokyo
Describe your research in laymen's terms.
My laboratory studies how immune-related molecules regulate the development of Alzheimer's disease and AIDS-related brain disorders in small animal models. Gene therapy, drug screening and creation of disease mouse models are the main activities.
How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
Our hope is that the gene therapy study and drug-screening project can lead to clinical inventions for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Beyond grant funding, how do you measure success?
Successful training of post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and technologists. Peer-reviewed publications of our research and their citation by the others.
List three things few people know about you.
- I was a swimmer and used to officiate local swimming meets;
- I play tennis rather than golf; and
- I have a small dog called "Eddie" (he's a Bichon Frise).