Ammar Al-Chalabi: from complex genetics to acoustic rock

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This editorial discusses the profile of Ammar Al-Chalabi in the field of complex genetics. From a young age, Al-Chalabi was intent on practicing medicine, aiming for the heights of the Australian Flying Doctor Service. His resolve was truly tested when he faced rejection from medical school 14 times over three years, before being accepted by Leicester University. He attributes his steadfast pursuit of medicine to his father, who held the belief that "failure is fine as long as you keep trying and always give it your best shot" and that is what he did. After completing his neurology training in London, he became a consultant at Kings College London in 2000, a research exchange scholar at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard University in 2001, and then a visiting scientist in neurology at MGH until 2008. Al-Chalabi's collaboration with Robert H Brown Jr, Chair and Professor of Neurology at MGH resulted in the discovery of a chromosome 9p linkage in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)




Morgan, J. (2017, May 1). Ammar Al-Chalabi: from complex genetics to acoustic rock. The Lancet Neurology. Lancet Publishing Group.

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