Dr. Rudolph Tanzi
Rudy is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He directs the Alzheimer’s Genome Project and, over the past three decades, discovered many of the genes responsible for Alzheimer’s and Wilson’s diseases. He is also developing several novel therapies for Alzheimer’s, two of which are in clinical trials in patients.
Rudy has co-authored over 475 research articles, including three of the top ten most cited AD papers, and contributes regularly to Huffington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, he has co-authored the popular trade books Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease and The New York Times Bestseller, Super Brain, with Dr. Deepak Chopra. Rudy also hosts the nationwide public television program, Super Brain with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, which explores new discoveries in neuroscience to maximize the potential of the human brain in practical and actionable ways.
Rudy serves on dozens of editorial and scientific advisory boards, and as Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium. He is the recipient of the two highest awards for Alzheimer’s disease research: The Metropolitan Life Award and The Potamkin Prize. Rudy was also honored by The Chopra Foundation with its 2012 Rustum Roy Spirit Award for his exemplary work in science and serving humanity. Rudy was included on the list of the “Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni” by 02138 Magazine, and was chosen by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation as a “Rock Star of Science.” Most recently, Rudy was acknowledged as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, 2014” by Reuters-Thompson and one of the “Top 20 Translational Scientists, 2013” by Nature Biotechnology.
Described by The Boston Globe as the “rock star of science,” Rudy has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His musical pursuits have lead him to perform keyboards with Joe Perry, lead guitarist and co-founder of the legendary rock band, Aerosmith, as well as appear on Aerosmith’s 2012 album, Music From Another Dimension. Of Rudy, Perry has said, “The work ethic that Tanzi developed over years in the lab applies perfectly to his music. He’s easily the best Hammond (organ) player I’d ever heard face to face.”
More recently, Rudy has teamed up with singer/song-writer, Chris Mann, to create music and music videos promoting public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.