Monday, July 26, 2010

Dr. Liz Cochran joins faculty at Medical College of Wisconsin

Elizabeth Cochran, M.D. (pictured), has been named professor of pathology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and Director of Neuropathology and Autopsy Services at Froedtert Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of the College. Read more here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A recent article by Sylviane Duval in the Prionet Canada newsletter was entitled:"Collaboration: The "other" link between Alzheimer's and prion diseases Exploring the connections between two major health burdens" This article spoke of the international collaboration between 2 scientists.
(http://www.prionetcanada.ca/files/PrioNews_Iss20_ENG1347.pdf)

One paragraph of particular interest reads as follows: "A mounting body of evidence points to a molecular link between the amyloid Beta precursor protein (APP) and its pathogenic product amyloid Beta peptide in Alzheimer's, and the prion protein (PrP)in prion diseases. Other common features such as their mainly sporadic origin and the recent demonstration that Alzheimer's may be infectious also lead to a connection between the diseases."
The last time I checked, Rush University does not list one practitioner that sees and treats prion disease victims. Dr. Cochran is assuming this position at a time when the Wisconsin DNR is now seeking public comment for management of their CWD problem. She will now be heading up the prion playground of the Midwest. Home of the Stetsonville TME. Raising your hand for this particular appointment brings some increasing expectations from the U.S. public whether the U.S. media covers it or not.

Agent 86 said...

I'm not at all sure what "Anonymous" is trying to say (implicitly or explicitly). I would point out that Professor Cochran received her neuropathology training under Dr. Pierluigi Gambetti, Founder and Director of the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center.

'nuff said?

A86

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize the tight connection! Thanks for pointing it out. I guess I would have thought CJD would have been a reportable condition in Illinois long before 2008 then. Didn't the NPDPSC open its door well over a decade ago? Too busy to pick up the phone.