Jason R. Cannon, PhD
Associate Professor of Toxicology at Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Dr. Cannon is a neurotoxicologist by training, and his research interests are primarily focused on mechanistic investigations of how environmental exposure contributes to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and identifying new therapeutic approaches. He has extensive expertise in designing and characterizing both genetic and neurotoxicant-based pre-clinical models of neurological disease. Dr. Cannon has published extensively on the use of stereotaxic surgery, neurobehavioral assessment, neurochemical analysis and histological techniques to characterize neurodegeneration and neuroprotection. His current work focuses on the potential influence of dietary factors on Parkinson's disease (PD) etiology and autophagic (breakdown of materials in cells) disruption as a therapeutic target in PD. To overcome translational limitations, he utilizes multiple models to test hypotheses. Currently, his lab utilizes or is developing several different pre-clinical PD models.