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Desire Tshala-Katumbay, MD, PhD, FANA

Staff Scientist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Associate Professor of Neurology, OHSU School of Medicine
Visiting Professor of Neurology, Kinshasa School of Medicine, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Admin Unit: Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Phone: 503-494-0999
Office: RJH 1501E
Mail Code: L606
Research Interests:
neurodegeneration, neurodegenerative diseases, chemical probes, toxic probes » Click here for more about Dr. Tshala-Katumbay's research » PubMed Listing
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Dr. Tshala-Katumbay earned his M.D. degree (Neurology) from the University of Kinshasa, Zaire, and a Ph.D. degree (Neurology) from the University of Uppsala in the city of Uppsala, Sweden, with additional training in Global Health.  He has developed expertise in tropical neurology and neuro-epidemiology, clinical neurotoxicology, and experimental neurotoxicolgy.  Dr. Tshala-Katumbay has worked with international academic institutions to address issues related to biomedical research in resource-limited sub-Saharan Africa. He has developed a good understanding of the principles and pitfalls in international aid, collaboration, and health interventions.  Dr. Tshala-Katumbay is involved with IBRO — the International Brain Research Organization, an umbrella organization of the societies for neurosciences — to lecture on neuroscience topics and mentor students with interest in global partnership in sciences (see

His current lines of research focus on: (1) dissecting mechanisms of neurodegeneration using chemical (toxic) probes, (2) elucidating the role of diet-toxic exposure-gene interactions in neurodegenerative diseases, and (3) developing a technique for a neuron-specific delivery of small molecules with putative protective properties, to the nervous system.