How do countries on the other side of the Atlantic investigate brain disEASEs?

Jean Manson, O.B.E., F.R.S.E., Ph.D.

Jean Manson, O.B.E., F.R.S.E., Ph.D.
Jean Manson, O.B.E., F.R.S.E., Ph.D. Head of the Neurobiology Division of The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland and Chair of Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

What have researchers in other countries learned about degenerative brain disorders such as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), also known as prion diseases? Dr. Manson’s important work with prion diseases and a process called protein misfolding has led to a new understanding of how these conditions spread. Protein misfolding also occurs in degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases: Could this connection help stop or reverse the degeneration process?

Dr. Jean Manson is an internationally recognized research scientist in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), a group of fatal degenerative diseases in the brain, which affect humans and animals. Basic research into TSEs has also led to research in other conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Manson’s research also examines the causes of illnesses including scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). She leads a division of six group leaders and 40 scientific staff, all researching TSEs, and also runs a research group of 17 people, including postdoctoral fellows and students and technicians.

She received a Master of Science and a doctorate in Human Genetics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a member of the World Health Organization TSEs Working Group, the United Kingdom Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee, a government advisory body, and on the Executive Committee of the NeuroPrion European Union Network of Excellence. She is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), which was awarded for services to science in the 2008 New Year Honours.