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)
- RJH 1501E
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 www.gnfsite.net).
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.