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Rizwan S Akhtar, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Pennsylvania Hospital
Attending Neurologist, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Attending Neurologist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Instructor in Neurology, Department of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Attending Neurologist, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department: Neurology

Contact information
330 South 9th St, Fourth Floor
Penn Neurological Institute
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fax: 2158296606
Education:
BS (Molecular Biology / Psychology)
Vanderbilt University, 2000.
PhD (Neurobiology)
University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007.
MD (Medicine)
University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007-2008.
Resident in Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, 2008-2011.
Fellow in Movement Disorders, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2013.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurodegenerative Disease, University of Pennsylvania, 2012-Present.
Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, atypical parkinsonism, dystonia, ataxia, blepharospasm, and essential tremor.

Description of Research Expertise

Development of α-synuclein and amyloid-β biomarkers for Parkinson's disease and related neurodegenerative diseases.

Selected Publications

Covell DJ, Robinson JL, Akhtar RS, Grossman M, Weintraub D, Bucklin HM, Pitkin RM, Riddle D, Yousef A, Trojanowski JQ, and Lee VM: Novel conformation-selective alpha-synuclein antibodies raised against different in vitro fibril forms show distinct patterns of Lewy pathology in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology Apr 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1111/nan.12402.

Akhtar RS, Licata JP, Luk KC, Covell DJ, Trojanowski JQ, Lee VM: Epitope mapping of CSF auto-antibodies to α-synuclein. Movement Disorders June 2017.

Akhtar RS, Xie SX, Chen YJ, Rick J, Gross RG, Nasrallah IM, Van Deerlin VM, Trojanowski JQ, Chen-Plotkin AS, Hurtig HI, Siderowf AD, Dubroff JG, Weintraub D: Regional brain amyloid-β accumulation associates with domain-specific cognitive performance in Parkinson disease without dementia. PLoS One 12(5), May 2017 Notes: doi:10.1371/pone.0177924.

Akhtar RS, Xie SX, Brennan L, Pontecorvo MJ, Hurtig HI, Trojanowski JQ, Weintraub D, and Siderowf AD: Amyloid-β PET imaging of Alzheimer pathology in Parkinson disease dementia. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice 3(4): 367-375, Jul-Aug 2016.

Pigott K, Rick J, Xie SX, Hurtig HI, Chen-Plotkin AS, Duda JE, Morley JF, Chahine LM, Dahodwala N, Akhtar RS, Siderowf AD, Trojanowski JQ, and Weintraub D: Longitudinal study of normal cognition in Parkinson’s Disease. Neurology 85(15): 1276-1282, Oct 2015.

Akhtar RS, Luk KC, Trojanowski JQ, and Lee VM: Auto-antibodies to α-synuclein are present in Parkinson Disease biofluids. Movement Disorders 30(suppl 1): S28, 2015.

Akhtar RS, Stern MB: New concepts in the early and preclinical detection of Parkinson's disease: therapeutic implications. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics 12(12): 1429-1438, Dec 2012.

Akhtar RS, Horn SS: Psychiatric manifestations of common neurologic disorders. Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry 2 ed. Agronin ME, Maletta GJ (eds.). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Page: 735-744, 2011.

Akhtar RS, Latham CB, Siniscalco D, Fuccio C, Roth KA: Immunohistochemical detection with quantum dots. Methods in Molecular Biology. Hotz C, Bruchez Jr. M (eds.). Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey, 374: 11-28, 2007.

Akhtar RS, Klocke BJ, Strasser A, Roth KA: Loss of BH3-only protein Bim inhibits apoptosis of hemopoietic cells in the fetal liver and male germ cells but not neuronal cells in bcl-x-deficient mice. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 56(10): 921-927, Oct 2008.

Akhtar RS, Geng Y, Klocke BJ, Roth KA: Neural precursor cells possess multiple p53-dependent apoptotic pathways. Cell Death and Differentiation 13(10): 1727-1739, Oct 2006.

Akhtar RS, Roth KA: Regulation of neural stem cell death. Neural Development and Stem Cells 2 ed. Rao MS (eds.). Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey, Page: 97-122, 2006.

Akhtar RS, Geng Y, Klocke BJ, Latham CB, Villunger A, Michalak EM, Strasser A, Carroll SL, Roth KA: BH3-only proapoptotic Bcl-2 family members Noxa and Puma mediate neural precursor cell death. The Journal of Neuroscience 26(27): 7257-7264, Jul 2006.

Akhtar RS, Ness JM, Roth KA: Bcl-2 family regulation of neuronal development and neurodegeneration. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1644(2-3): 189-203, Mar 2004.

Ness JM, Akhtar RS, Latham CB, Roth KA: Combined tyramide signal amplification and quantum dots for sensitive and photostable immunofluorescence detection. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 51(8): 981-987, Aug 2003.

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