An eminent physician and researcher who brings prominence to the university’s movement disorders program, Dr. Greenamyre came to Pittsburgh from Emory University, where he was professor and vice chair of neurology, co-director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and director of the movement disorders program.
Dr. Greenamyre’s research includes mechanisms that cause nerve cell death in disorders such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzheimer's diseases. In Parkinson’s disease, he is interested in interactions between environmental toxins (natural or man-made) and genes that increase or decrease an individual’s susceptibility to developing the disease and the role of glutamate neurotransmission in the symptoms of Parkinson's. In Huntington’s disease, his laboratory focuses on mitochondrial calcium handling and proteomics.
He chairs the research grants subcommittee of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, and was a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Parkinson’s Disease Research Agenda Planning Committee, the Parkinson’s Disease Implementation Committee and the Neurological Sciences and Disorders B Study Section of the National Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Stroke (NINDS).
Dr. Greenamyre also is chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Parkinson Study Group and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Cure Parkinson’s Project, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
He is the editor of the scientific journal, Neurobiology of Disease, and an associate editor of The Journal of Neuroscience, section editor of Functional Neurology, and serves on the editorial boards of Neurology and Critical Reviews in Neurobiology. In October 2004, he delivered the Presidential Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Dr. Greenamyre received his bachelor of science from Michigan State University and his MD and PhD from the University of Michigan. After his neurology residency at the University of Michigan, he joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1990 and the faculty of Emory University in 1995.