Robert Moir

Neurobiology Pioneer

Robert Moir is an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology and Harvard Medical School. He is a neurobiologist whose research focus is the cause of dementia in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A decade ago he identified an unsuspected immune role for the protein thought to drive neurodegeneration in AD. His findings revealed the protein is a natural antibiotic and has since shown the protein’s antimicrobial actions result in the hallmark brain pathology that makes AD so distinct from other dementias. His discoveries suggest microbes may play a key role in AD and are challenging longstanding views on the origins of this terrible disease.

Robert Moir is an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology and Harvard Medical School. He is a neurobiologist whose research focus is the cause of dementia in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A decade ago he identified an unsuspected immune role for the protein thought to drive neurodegeneration in AD. His findings revealed the protein is a natural antibiotic and has since shown the protein’s antimicrobial actions result in the hallmark brain pathology that makes AD so distinct from other dementias. His discoveries suggest microbes may play a key role in AD and are challenging longstanding views on the origins of this terrible disease.

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