Josè Henrique Ledo Alves Da Cunha, Ph.D.

Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Institution
The Rockefeller University
Address
1230 York Avenue
City, State, Zip
New York, NY 10065
Country
United States
Phone
212-327-8000
E-mail
jhledo[at]gmail.com
Website
http://lab.rockefeller.edu/greengard/
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2015
Country Of Origin
Brazil
Mentor Name
Paul Greengard, Ph.D.

Research

The majority of patients with Alzheimer's disease are also afflicted with depression, and suffering from depression has been found to increase the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Despite the clinical evidence connecting Alzheimer's disease to depression, little is known about the molecular pathways that link these conditions. Recently, the Greengard lab identified a protein complex that is boosted by antidepressant treatment and is depleted in patients with depression. The same complex, they discovered, interacts with an enzyme that produces amyloid plaques, whose accumulation causes Alzheimer's disease. My main goal is to decipher the role of this protein complex in Alzheimer's disease. I will combine classical methods in biochemistry with modern state-of-the-art technology to modulate those proteins in specific brain areas and assess the symptoms of the disorder. This work could point toward novel targets for effective therapies for Alzheimer's and depression.