Scientific Advisory Board, Member

Harry Orr PhD
Tulloch Professor of Genetics, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Director, Institute of Translational Neuroscience
University of Minnesota

Harry Orr received his Ph.D. from Washington University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. Dr. Orr’s research explores genes that play a role in neuron deterioration. This offers important implications for developing gene therapy and other types of treatments for patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Orr discovered the genetic basis for spinocerebellar ataxia type 1, an inherited and ultimately fatal movement disorder, like HD SCA1 is due to a polyglutamine expansion. Orr directs the Institute of Translational Neuroscience, created to translate laboratory research discoveries into clinical trials of new therapies.