#304: Tommy Wood, MD, PhD – Neurodegenerative Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury & Genetics

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Guest Bio

Tommy Wood, PhD, MD

Dr. Tommy Wood is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Pediatrics Department. His research focuses on ways to increase resilience of, and treat injury of, the developing brain. He studied biochemistry at Cambridge, received a medical degree from Oxford, and has a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo.

In This Episode We Discuss

  • Important things to know about brain metabolism
  • The metabolic injury cascade that follows TBI
  • Pathophysiological events that occur with neurodegenerative diseases
  • Mitochondrial dysfunctionin brain tissue
  • Greater autophagy going on in brain tissue in neurodegenerative disorders
  • Neurodegeneration prevention – do we actually know anything from a nutrition perspective?
  • APOE4 gene – what you should know
  • Understanding the statistics in gene-disease risk studies

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