Leadership and Administration
Executive Director of the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience
Thomas M. Ryan Professor of Neuroscience
Paula Grammas is the inaugural director of The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience. Grammas is best known for her pioneering research into the role that blood vessels and inflammation play in the development of diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. A former professor of neurology and holder of the Mildred and Shirley Garrison Chair in Aging at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, she has received numerous awards for her Alzheimer’s research.
Associate Director of the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience
Research Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
Bill Renehan studies epigenetic influences, especially by microRNAs (miRNA), on the expression of neurotoxic proteins. There is substantial evidence that early-life exposure to environmental toxins modifies the neural epigenome. Research indicates that miRNA inhibit gene expression by promoting the degradation of messenger RNA or suppressing expression via translational inhibition, leading ultimately to the cellular damage and neuronal death that occur in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Assistant Director for Administration and Communications
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Ms. Taylor advises Institute leadership and facilitates partnerships and collaboration around research, policy, public health and community engagement projects with other URI departments, other research institutions, health care and social service providers, and advocacy organizations. She is also Project Advisor to the URI Geriatric Education Center. From 2011 to 2014 she was director of the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs.
Managing Director of Development for Academic Health Collaborative and George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, URI Foundation
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