PATRIK BRUNDIN, MD, PHD
VAI Associate Director of Research
Professor, Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Science.
Dr. Brundin is one of the top cited researchers in the field of neuroscience with more than 350 publications on Parkinson’s disease and related topics. He has 35 years of experience studying neurodegenerative diseases. He was among the first to articulate the “prion-like” hypothesis, which describes how abnormal proteins spread from cell to cell in the brain, causing the cellular damage that perpetuates Parkinson’s, Multiple System Atrophy and Lewy Body Dementia. He is the director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Science and Jay Van Andel Endowed Chair at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Research in Patrik Brundin’s laboratory focuses on pathogenetic mechanisms and pharmacological treatment in cell and animal models of Parkinson’s disease. The group’s mission is to understand neurodegenerative diseases and develop new therapies that are of benefit to patients and their caregivers. Learn More.