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John Paul Blass

John Paul Blass, Austrian, American physician, biochemist. Marshall scholar, 1958-1960.


  • Blass, John Paul was born on February 21, 1937 in Vienna, Austria. Arrived in the United States, 1938. Son of Gustaf and Jolan (Wirth) Blass.

  • Education

    • AB summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, University London, 1960. Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University, 1965.


    • Postdoctoral fellow American Cancer Society, Columbia University, 1962-1963. Intern Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1965-1966, resident in medicine, 1966-1967. Research associate National Heart and Lung Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, 1967-1970.

      Assistant professor psychiatry and biological chemistry University of California at Los Angeles, 1970-1976, associate professor, 1976-1978. Member staff University of California at Los Angeles Hospitals Clinics, 1970-1978. Winifred Masterson Burke professor neurology, professor medicine Cornell University Medical Center, 1978—2005, professor emeritus, since 2005.

      Science director Central Nervous System Pharmaceuticals, since 2009. Attending neurologist New York Hospital. Member NBS-1 review committee National Institutes of Health, 1981-1984.

      Councilor National Institute Aging, 1986-1989. Chairman National Advisory Panel on Alzheimers's Disease United States Congress, 1987-1991, member, 1993-1996.


    • Journal Neurochemistry, 1981-1986, Neurochem. Research, 1984-1986, Neurochem. Pathology, Neurobiol.

      Aging, Journal Neurological Science, 1990—2000, Journal Molecular Neurosci., since 1999, associate editor Journal American Geriatric Society, 1982-1987, Age, 1993-1995, Yearbook of Neurology and Neurosurgery, since 1992. Co-editor: Caring for Alzheimer's Patients, since 1990, Femilial Alzheimer's Disease, since 1989, Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, since 1989, Principles of Geriatrics and Gerontology, second edition, since 1990, Principles of Geriatrics and Gerontology, 3d edition, since 1994, Principles of Geriatrics and Gerontology, 4th edition, since 1998, Concise Clinical Pharmacology: Central Nervous System Therapeautics, 2006.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Denomination: Judaism


    Member science advisory board Will Rogers Institute, 1981-1997, Allied Signal Aging Award Committee, 1993-1995. Served as assistant surgeon United States Public Health Service, 1967-1970. Member Society Neurosci.

    (chairman social issues committee), Bio-chemical Society, American Society Biological Chemists, American Society Neurochemistry (council, chairman public policy committee), International Society Neurochemistry (council, chairman clinical committee), American Society Clinical Investigation, American Geriatrics Society, American Federation Aging Research (vice president, chairman research committee 1982-1987, president 1994-1996), Association Alzheimers and Related Disease (science advisory board 1982-1986), American Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Alpha Omega Alpha.


    • Married Birgit Annelise Knudsen, December 20, 1960. Children: Charles, Lisa.
    • father: Gustaf Blass
    • mother: Jolan (Wirth) Blass
    • spouse: Birgit Annelise Knudsen
    • children: Charles Blass
    • Lisa Blass
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    Born February 21, 1937
    • 1958
      Harvard University
    • 1960
      University London
    • 1965
      Columbia University
    • 1962 - 1963
      Postdoctoral fellow, American Cancer Society
    • 1965 - 1966
      intern, Massachusetts General Hospital
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1967 - 1970
      research associate, National Heart and Lung Institute
      Bethesda, Maryland, United States
    • 1970 - 1978
      member, staff University of California at Los Angeles Hospitals Clinics
    • 2009
      science director, Central Nervous System Pharmaceuticals
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