Barrow ALS Researcher Honored
Robert Bowser, PhD, a nationally recognized ALS researcher, was awarded the John and Betty Van Denburgh Chair of Neuromuscular Disease at Barrow Neurological Institute. Betty established the endowed chair in 2002 to honor her husband, John, who died in 1997 from complications of ALS. The chair is funded through Barrow Neurological Foundation.
Dr. Bowser’s research program at Barrow is dedicated to determining the underlying mechanisms of ALS, identifying new targets for drug treatment and developing improved therapies for ALS. Dr. Bowser directs the country’s largest clinical research study on biomarkers for ALS and participates in two clinical trials to monitor drug effects in ALS patients using his biomarkers. This work has established Dr. Bowser as a leader in identifying biomarkers for ALS.
Dr. Bowser, who was recruited to Barrow from the University of Pittsburgh, earned his PhD at Yale University and completed fellowship training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.