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John Paul Blass

biochemist , physician

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.


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.


book The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age book Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, Second Edition (Resources for Changing Lives) book Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism


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.

Gustaf Blass

Jolan (Wirth) Blass

Birgit Annelise Knudsen

Charles Blass

Lisa Blass