Dr. Gene Johnson (Emeritus)

Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis and also serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor at the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Gene Johnson received his undergraduate training in Pharmacy and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Maryland. He has been on the faculty at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis since 1976. His major research interests have been in the biology and pharmacology of neurotrophic factors, and the mechanisms of neuronal cell death. These interests have led him to efforts to both understand the pathophysiology of, and therapeutic interventions for, age-associated neurodegenerative diseases. Neurturin, a neurotrophic factor that he and his colleagues discovered is in clinical development for Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Johnson currently serves as Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre at Washington University and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Association, the NIH Council for the National Institute on Aging, and currently serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. His awards include the Decade of the Brain Medalist from the American Association of Neurosurgeons in 1994 and election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006.

2014 Gene Johnson Advisor Fellow: Dr. Kathleen Schoch, Changing the “flavor” of tau: Application to mouse models of neurodegenerative disease

2015 Gene Johnson Advisor Fellow: Dr. Gregory S. Day, Identifying Clinical and Paraclinical Predictors