Dr. Richard Mayeux
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Born in New Orleans, Louisana, Dr. Richard Mayeux currently resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
He is the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University, as well as the Director of the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, a facility that investigates the causes of neurological diseases. His expertise lies in genetics and epidemiology (i.e. the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people). Since 1989, he has led a study on how Alzheimer’s disease affects elderly folk of mainly African-American and Carribean Hispanic descent. He is also the lead investigator in a study of families that display exceptional longevity traits.
In 2007, he was awarded the Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases by the American Academy of Neurology, and it was followed by The Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research from the Alzheimer’s Association in 2009.