John Morris

Director and Principal Investigator, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Department of Neurology


John C. Morris, M.D., is the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology, professor of pathology and ommunology and of physical therapy, and director of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Center for Aging, the Memory and Aging Project, and the Memory Diagnostic Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also director of the multi-institutional Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network. Morris was a 1974 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed residencies in internal medicine and in neurology and neuropathology, the latter with Maurice Victor and Betty Banker at the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. He came to Washington University in 1982 as a postdoctoral fellow in neuropharmacology, training with James Ferrendelli, and joined the Memory and Aging Project under the direction of Leonard Berg in 1984.

Morris' research involves clinicopathological studies of aging and dementia with a focus on early-stage Alzheimer disease. Morris serves on many scientific and community advisory boards and is a member or fellow of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Society for Neuroscience. He has received many honors, including the Distinguished Achievement Citation from his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University (2000), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alzheimer's Association (2004), the 2004 MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research, and the 2005 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's, and Related Disease from the American Academy of Neurology.

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