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Two Scientists Honored with MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease
Date:2/18/2009

e essential set of proteins that comprise the y-secretase complex. Recently, his group pioneered the contemporary molecular/cellular biology of PS, which is believed to play a key role in the biological reaction known as "intramembrane proteolysis." His group has also identified several key protein components deposited in the brains of patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Iwatsubo received his M.D. (1984) from the University of Tokyo, where he also had a medical internship followed by neurology residency (1984-1989). After postdoctoral research training at Yasuo Ihara lab (1990-1992), he became an associate professor at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo in 1992, and Professor in 1998. In 2007, he became the Chairman of the Department of Neuropathology, School of Medicine, University of Tokyo. Dr. Iwatsubo is the recipient of the Japanese Neurological Society Award (2004).

About MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on its long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. For more than 20 years, MetLife and MetLife Foundation have invested more than $17 million for Alzheimer's research and public information programs, including over $11.5 million through the Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease program. The Foundation has also supported a number of major initiatives, including the PBS documentary The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's; short pocket films on Alzheimer's narrated by David Hyde-Pierce; an educational initiative with the National Institute on Aging's Alzheimer's Disease Centers; the film Alzheimer's Disease: Facing the Facts; and initiatives that include caregiving videos, Alzheimer's toolkits, and resources for the Hispanic community. For more information, visit www.metlife.org.


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