Associate Professor, Pathology & Cell Biology and The Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain Columbia University.
Dr. Ottavio Arancio received his Ph.D and M.D. from the University of Pisa (Italy). From 1981 to 1986 he took residency training in Neurology at the University of Verona (Italy). Dr. Arancio has held Faculty appointments at Columbia University, NYU School of Medicine and at SUNY HSCB. In 2004 he became Faculty member of the Dept of Pathology & Cell Biology and The Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University. His honors include the “G. Moruzzi Fellowship” (Georgetown University), the “Anna Villa Rusconi Foundation Prize” (Italy), the “INSERM Poste Vert Fellowship” (France), the AHAF centennial Award (2007), the Zenith Award (2007), the Margaret Cahn Research Award (2008), and the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation Award (2010). Dr. Arancio is currently the Director of the Taub Institute Core in Neurophysiology and Behavior. Over the last 10 years he raised more than $25 million in grant funding and published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts.
Dr Arancio is a cellular neurobiologist who has contributed to the characterization of the mechanisms of learning in both normal conditions and during neurodegenerative diseases. During the last ten years he has pioneered the field of mechanisms of synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Arancio’s laboratory has focused primarily on events triggered by oligomeric proteins including amyloid-beta and tau. These studies have suggested new links between synaptic dysfunction and Alzheimer’s disease, both for understanding the etiopathogenesis of the disease and for developing therapies aiming to improve the cognitive symptoms.
Dr. Arancio has been recently featured on “bigthink.com”.