Dr. Joseph Maroon Visiting Professor at Norton Neuroscience Institute in Louisville, Kentucky

April 2024 – Dr. Joseph Maroon, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at UPMC was the invited professor to the Norton Neuroscience Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. The Norton Neuroscience Institute is a nationally recognized program for advanced treatment, breakthrough research and compassionate care in the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. It is the region’s leading provider of neurological care with
multidisciplinary comprehensive programs in all areas of neuroscience.

Dr. Maroon discussed his collaboration with Dr. Pravat Mandal, formerly director of the National Brain Research Centre in India, in the investigation of the cause and possible treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. He was invited to present their findings using MR spectroscopy to confirm, noninvasively, the deficiency of the antioxidant, glutathione, in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Studies are planned to investigate patients with mild cognitive impairment and/or Alzheimer’s disease to assess various forms of therapy including administration of a special precursor to glutathione called gamma glutamyl cysteine. Collaboration between the Norton Neuroscience Institute and investigators at UPMC is being planned.