Taub Institute: Genomics Core


Columbia University
Medical Center
Neurological Institute

710 West 168th Street, 3rd floor
(212) 305-1818

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About Us

Taub Faculty

Elan Louis, M.D., M.Sc.

Elan D. Louis, M.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology

Email: edl2@columbia.edu
Tel: (212) 305-3665

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Louis received his training from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1984), Yale Medical School (M.D. 1989), Columbia University School of Public Health (M.S. in Epidemiology 1995), the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics Section 1984-85), and the New York Neurological Institute at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (Neurology Residency 1990-93, Movement Disorder Fellowship 1993-95, and Neuroepidemiology Fellowship, 1993-95). He became an Assistant Professor in 1995 and tenured Associate Professor in 2003. Dr. Louis has served on the editorial board of Movement Disorders and the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences. He serves on the scientific advisory board for the International Essential Tremor Foundation. He is the author of approximately two hundred peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to write editorials and reviews for Annals of Neurology, Movement Disorders, Archives of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, Lancet, Nature Clinical Practice Neurology, and New England Journal of Medicine. From 1995 to the present, he has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research on neurological diseases and is a past recipient of a Paul Beeson Scholar Award in Aging Research and a Dana Clinical Hypotheses in Neuroscience Research Program Award (Charles A. Dana Foundation).

Research Interests

Dr. Louis cares for patients with a variety of involuntary movements, including essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tics, and Huntington’s disease. Dr. Louis's principal academic interest is in degenerative diseases of the central nervous system (especially disorders of involuntary movement) including their epidemiology, distribution within populations, genetic basis, etiology, and pathogenesis. He has a particular interest in essential tremor (ET), where his research has included studies of its epidemiology, familial aggregation, environmental epidemiology, brain metabolism, and neuropathology. He has also established a DNA and brain bank for ET.

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