Professor Doug Wallace
Director, Center for Molecular & Mitochondrial Medicine and Genetics
University of California at Irvine
Dr. Wallace is one of America’s leading genetics researchers, helping to discover how defects in inherited genes contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Through his research, he has shown that defects in mitochondrial genes are major contributors to degenerative diseases, cancer and aging. A recent study of his, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows a link between mtDNA mutations and prostate cancer. He is using that link now to test non-toxic drugs to kill prostate cancer in mice.