Thanks to incredible advances in medicine over the past fifty years, life expectancy has increased from ~50 years in 1960 to 70+ years today. Unfortunately, this means that the prevalance of neurodegenerative diseases has likewise increased. We are particularly interested in Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia that affects one out of nine people over the age of 65 and one in three over the age of 85. The Dries lab uses multiple genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches to examine the genes, proteins, and pathways that contribute to this devastating disease.

  • For a perspective on the devastating consequences of this disease on the individual, the caretaker(s), and society, please see Dr. Gregory Petsko's TEDtalk.
  • For a glimpse into the lives of both Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, please view the HBO Special, "The Alzheimer's Project."
  • For grandchildren who are wrestling with understanding what their grandmother or grandfather are doing through, please visit "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?" a film from HBO's "The Alzheimer's Project."

Lab News

2014 Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium (Host: Juniata College): Two summer students - Jessica Hatter and Adam Lescallette - presented their summer work at the Sixth Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium hosted here at Juniata College on July 24, 2014.

UT Southwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program: Congratulations to Ms. Mizuho Yamato ('16) and Ms. Taylor Stefanik ('16) for being selected to the UT Southwestern SURF Program. Mizuho will be working in Dr. Gang Yu's lab, and Taylor will be working with Dr. Gena Konopka; both advisors are in the Department of Neuroscience at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

ASBMB Undergraduate Travel Awards: Jen Arbella ('14), Derek Deshaies ('14), and Jamie Lee ('14) won undergraduate research travel awards from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to attend ASBMB's Annual Meeting in San Diego in April 2014.

2013 Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium (Host: Susquehanna University): Five summer students (Ricky Burgan, Derek Deshaies, Ken Kysor, Jamie Lee, and Taylor Stefanik) presented their summer work as posters at the Fifth Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium hosted by Susquehanna University on July 24, 2013. Please visit our photo gallery to see their work.

Walks to End Alzheimer's: Please visit the Alzheimer's Association website to find a local Walk to End Alzheimer's. We will form a team to walk in the Boalsburg event on Saturday, October 19. If you would like to join our team, visit this link and look up our team name (Dries Lab) when you register. Please encourage friends and family to participate: there are hundreds of walks across the country this fall.

Signs of improvement without treatment? Two recent studies published in The Lancet have found the incidence of dementia declining. Researchers suspect the decline in incidence is largely due to better education and healthcare.

ASBMB Summer Undergraduate Research Awardees announced: Derek Deshaies ('14), Ricky Burgan ('15), and Ken Kysor ('15) each won an ASBMB SURA for their work this summer, giving Juniata three of the twelve national awards.

Dan Dries, Ph.D.

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