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Dr. Chuang-Kuo Wu named the Corinne Payne Wright Endowed Chair in Alzheimer's Disease

By Beth Phillips

July 1, 2010

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., has announced the appointment of Chuang-Kuo Wu, M.D., Ph.D., as the Corinne Payne Wright Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology.

The purpose of the chair is to advance treatment of cognitive disorders of late life, specifically Alzheimer’s disease. J.W. (Bill) Wright and his children, W.B. (Brax) Wright, Steve Wright and Paula Wright Key, established a fund in honor of wife and mother Corinne Wright after she passed away in 2005.

“The family is proud that Dr. Wu has accepted the Corinne Payne Wright chair,” Key said. “We are excited that an individual of Dr. Wu's esteemed credentials and dedication to Alzheimer's research has accepted this chair in honor of Corinne Wright - wife, mother, grandmother and friend.”

The chair is funded primarily by the Wright’s business, ASCO, Inc. There also have been numerous memorial contributions to the fund.

“We are very grateful to the Wright family for their support of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences and our efforts in Alzheimer’s research,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance. “Their generosity has made it possible to recruit such a distinguished researcher in the field and furthers the university’s work to improve treatment of the disease and its devastating effects.”

Mitchell said Wu’s extensive investigative experience in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular neurology makes him an invaluable addition to the university’s thriving Alzheimer’s research team. Wu’s research interests include clinical trials of Alzheimer’s disease medications and cell death mechanisms of cholinergic neurons.

Dr. Wu is an tremendous example of the high caliber of recruits exemplifying Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s commitment to excellence in research,” Mitchell said.

Wu previously served as assistant professor at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He received his medical degree from China Medical University, Taiwan, in 1988 and earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine in 1998. Wu completed his neurology residency at Boston University in 2000, and a Dementia/Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego Department of Neurosciences at San Diego VA Medical Center in 2003.

Wu was chief resident of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine-Boston Medical Center from 2000 to 2001. He was assistant professor of Clinical Neurosciences at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School in Rhode Island from 2003 to 2007.

The TTUHSC Department of Neurology began actively recruiting an accomplished Alzheimer’s and dementia specialist after John DeToledo, M.D., was named chairman. The creation of a new Department of Neurology was approved by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents in 2008.

Wu began his position at TTUHSC in June.