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New Acquisition: the Anne B. Young Papers

By , January 9, 2013
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Anne B. Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Anne Buckingham Young (1947- ), B.A., 1969, Vassar College; M.D., 1973, and Ph.D., 1974, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, is a researcher, clinician, and educator in the field of Neurology. Dr. Young has acted as Chief of the Neurology Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and as the Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School since 1991. She is the first woman to be appointed chief of service at Massachusetts General Hospital and the second woman to be elected president of the American Neurological Association.  Her research is focused primarily on neurotransmitter systems in the basal ganglia and their role in Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; along with her late husband, John B. Penney, Jr., Young developed one of the most widely cited models of basal ganglia function.  In 2001 she founded the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease.  Dr. Young is the only person to act as president of both the International Society for Neuroscience and the American Neurological Association.

Young grew up in the North Shore suburb of Chicago and attended medical school at Johns Hopkins in a combined M.D./Ph.D. track. She and her husband, John B. Penney, took residences at the University of California-San Francisco in the late 1970s and began working with patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease. Starting in 1981, Young and Penney, until his death in 1999, were involved with the long-term study of a large family on the shores of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. The family had many and multi-generational incidences of Huntington’s Disease. The biological specimens from this study helped researchers in the United States to discover the genetic marker for Huntingon’s Disease in 1983 and the main gene in 1993. Young’s work has also resulted in a widely used model of basal ganglia function.

The Anne Young papers, 1969-2007, consist of grants and research records, correspondence, presentation and lecture materials, and other items related to Young’s work on neurodegenerative diseases. Notably, the Anne Young papers also include one of our largest acquisitions of electronic records to date – comprised of over 8 GB of digital images, manuscripts, and other files documenting Dr. Young’s work.

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