Juan Sanchez-Ramos

Title: Silencing the Huntington Disease Gene: Promises, Obstacles and Solutions


Dr. Sanchez-Ramos received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Chicago and a medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Illinois. His PhD thesis work focused on the mechanisms of opiate dependence in monkey models. He trained in Neurology at the University of Chicago and as a Fellow in Movement Disorders at the University of Miami. Currently, he is a Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he holds the Helen Ellis Endowed Chair for Parkinson’s Disease Research and is Director of the HDSA Center of Excellence for Huntington’s Disease. In addition to teaching and attending to patients with Movement Disorders, he directs a basic research laboratory with active projects in neurodegeneration, neurotoxicology and adult stem cell biology. He is also Medical Director of the Parkinson Research Foundation based in Sarasota FL. He has a long-standing interest in ethnopharmacology and has published on the use of banisterine in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, collaborated on research on the possible medicinal applications of ibogaine and was an Investigator in the NIDA-sponsored compassionate use of Cannabis protocol.

Research Interest

  • Neurodegeneration, neurotoxicology and adult stem cell biology

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