Dr. Lawrence Wrabetz Named Univ. at Buffalo Distinguished ProfessorPosted: July 16, 2014
Lawrence Wrabetz, MD, Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry and Director of the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute, has been named a University at Buffalo/SUNY Distinguished Professor. Only one other faculty member of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences received the honorary title this year, which goes into effect September 1, 2014. Dr. Wrabetz joined the Dept. of Neurology in 2011, after being recruited from the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy where he led the myelin biology program. Dr. Wrabetz’s research focuses on the biology and pathophysiology of myelin disorders in both the central and peripheral nervous system, including leukodystrophies and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. His laboratory studies several animal models to help understand how myelin, the protective coating lining the projections from neurons, is injured or fails to develop properly and what types of approaches may help reverse the process. His institute is named for Hunter James Kelly, a Western New York boy whose life was impacted by Krabbe Disease, a form of leukodystrophy.