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Sonja Scholz

10 Year Member

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Dr. Scholz is a physician-scientist specialized in neurodegeneration. She received her medical degree from the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria. Following graduation, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging, under the supervision of Drs. Andrew Singleton and John Hardy. She obtained a Ph.D. in Neurogenomics from the University College London, UK, in 2010. She then moved to Baltimore to complete her neurology residency training at Johns Hopkins. She is currently a tenure track investigator at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University. Her primary area of research is atypical parkinsonism, such as Lewy body dementia, multiple system atrophy, and frontotemporal dementia. She specializes in applying modern genomic techniques and data-driven approaches to assess molecular genetic mechanisms implicated in neurodegenerative disorders and to identify targets that are suitable for disease-modifying therapeutic interventions. Some of her accomplishments include the discovery of risk genes underlying Lewy body dementia, demonstration of molecular genetic relationships between Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s disease, and various descriptions of genetic pleiotropy in complex neurodegenerative syndromes. Dr. Scholz received several honors, including the McFarland Transition to Independence Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, the Soriano Lecture Award from the American Neurological Association, and the Lasker Clinical Research Scholar Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.