Robert Friedland, MD

University of Louisville

Robert Paul Friedland (BS, City College of New York 1969; MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, 1973) completed a fellowship in brain aging and dementia at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and worked as Chief Neurologist at the Donner Laboratory, University of California Berkeley. At the National Institute on Aging, NIH he served as Deputy Clinical Director and Chief of the Brain Aging and Dementia Section. Dr Friedland moved to Cleveland in 1990 to be Professor of Neurology, Radiology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 2008 he came to the University of Louisville and became Chairman and Professor of Neurology & Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, and the Rudd Chair. He also served as Interim Chair of the Dept. of Neurosurgery and is currently Chief of the Laboratory of Neurogeriatrics at the University of Louisville. Dr. Friedland’s work has focused on multidisciplinary approaches to neurodegenerative diseases in an effort to: 1) uncover the environmental factors responsible for their development; and 2) develop effective preventive and therapeutic measures. His work has involved studies in the Middle East, Africa and Japan, as well as the USA. Dr. Friedland has authored or coauthored over 220 scientific publications in refereed journals, and his work has been cited over 12,000 times. His current approach to the mechanisms of initiation of neurodegeneration developed from a longstanding interest in the biology of brain aging. Recent research from his lab is focused on human subjects as well as animal models of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (Pick’s disease). His collaborators include faculty at the University of Louisville in the Departments of Neurology, Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Oral Immunology, Physiology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Cancer Center. Research is also underway with colleagues in The United Kingdom and Japan. In 2017 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Shiga University of Medical Sciences in Otsu, Japan. Dr. Friedland sees patients with a focus on cognitive, behavioral, and geriatric neurology.