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Mark W. Albers is a neurologist specializing in memory and olfactory disorders. He earned a PhD in organic chemistry from Harvard University, working in the laboratory of Stuart Schreiber, and an MD degree from the H.S.T. program of Harvard Medical School and M.I.T. He was an internal medicine resident for two years at Massachusetts General Hospital and then trained in neurology at Mass General, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he was one of the first chief residents for the Partners neurology residency program. Following clinical training, he resumed basic research studies in the laboratory of Richard Axel and practiced behavioral neurology in the Memory Disorders Center at the Neurological Institute, affiliated with Columbia University. Following this training, he returned to Mass General where he sees outpatients in the Memory Disorders Unit and attends on the inpatient neurologic wards. His clinical research is focused on devising sensitive probes of olfactory function as a possible biomarker for early neurodegenerative disease and directly converting olfactory neuronal precursor cells from the nose into brain neurons to develop cell-based models of neurologic disease. He is a member of the Translational Neuroscience committee of the American Academy of Neurology.
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A non-invasive protocol developed by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators that tests the ability to recognize, remember and distinguish between odors was able to identify older individuals who – according to genetic, imaging and more detailed memory tests – were at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mark Albers, MD, PhD, of the Department of Neurology, was named the first incumbent of the Frank Wilkens, Jr. and Family Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research.
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