Nick Bazan

“Early survival signaling responses to neurodegenerative diseases – significance for new therapies and diagnosis”

June 27, 2014

Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D., LSU System Boyd Professor and
Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence School of
Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) New Orleans,
Louisiana. Nick Bazan has been called “a true renaissance man”: a research scientist,
teacher, mentor, community leader, administrator, author, patron of the arts,
and entrepreneur. He has devoted his life to studying fundamental cellular
and molecular events underlying Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, epilepsy,
Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and retinal degeneration. In
1981, Bazan joined the faculty of the LSUHSC, where he later established
and now heads the Neuroscience Center of Excellence.

Bazan has gained wide-spread recognition for his work on the effects of
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oil, which
can be converted to neuroprotectin 1 (NPD1), a potent neuroprotective agent.