Rosa Rademakers, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, USA
Rosa Rademakers is the Mildred A. and Henry Uihlein II Professor of Medical Research and a Consultant in the Department of Neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Her research is focused on the molecular genetics analyses of neurodegenerative diseases, with a special interest in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Her laboratory aims at the identification of novel causal genes as well as genetic risk factors using family-based genetics and association analyses in well-characterized patient populations. To better understand the function of newly identified genes and mutations, and the mechanism associated with neurodegeneration her laboratory further employs in-vitro and in-vivo molecular approaches. In 2011, her laboratory identified that hexanucleotide repeats in the non-coding region of C9ORF72 on chromosome 9p are the most cause of familial and sporadic ALS and FTD. Dr. Rademakers published more than 240 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous international awards including the 2103 Sheila Essey Award for ALS Research and the 2016 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's, and Related Diseases.