A Harvard Ph.D., Paul Alan Cox has spent the last three decades searching for new medicines by studying patterns of wellness and disease among indigenous peoples. For these efforts, TIME magazine named Cox one of 11 “Heroes of Medicine.” His work with indigenous peoples in preserving their island rain forests won him the Goldman Environmental Prize. Cox has published over 185 scientific papers and four books. Cox founded Seacology, the world’s premier environmental non-profit organization for island conservation, which is headquartered in Berkeley, California. Through partnerships with indigenous people, Seacology has now saved over 1.6 million acres of island rainforests and coral reefs. At the Institute for Ethnomedicine in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, his research is focused on finding and fighting the causes of neurodegenerative illness including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
- Ted Talk: Secrets to Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s Disease: Dr. Paul Alan Cox at TEDx Jackson Hole
- Cyanobacteria and BMAA exposure from desert dust: A possible link to sporadic ALS among Gulf War veterans
- The Non-Protein Amino Acid BMAA Is Misincorporated into Human Proteins in Place of L-Serine Causing Protein Misfolding and Aggregation
- A mechanism for slow release of biomagnified cyanobacterial neurotoxins and neurodegenerative disease in Guam